ROGERS PARK — Business districts in Andersonville and Rogers Park are getting a floral makeover in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday.
In Rogers Park, nine businesses will be handing out seeds for flowers and other plants in conjunction with local school kids. Some of those business are also sporting new, nature-themed window art.
The free seed packets will be available Thursday at the nine local businesses. It is an effort to make the neighborhood more pollinator-friendly and biodiverse, the Rogers Park Business Alliance said.
The seed envelopes were produced by students at Gale Elementary and Kilmer Elementary, using recycled paper, according to the business alliance. Seeds will be available at: Bark Place, Charmers Cafe, ChiTown Magpie, Handsome Bastard Barber Shoppe, Honeybear Cafe, Rogers Park Florist, Rogers Park Social, Sol Cafe and Third Coast Comics.
All the businesses participating in the seed giveaway have received colorful, nature-themed window murals from artist Natalia Virafuentes.
After a hiatus last year, the Andersonville in Bloom event will return to the neighborhood this weekend.
From Thursday through Sunday, Andersonville businesses will be featuring plants and other springtime goods. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is also offering Andersonville in Bloom Mystery Packages that come with a custom three-inch flower pot from Ánadale Market and a succulent from Foyer Shop, plus other spring gifts.
A number of other shops will be offering plants, pots and other garden items. For more information on the event, click here.
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