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Free Trees, Pet Photos Available At Edison Park Pet Fair Saturday

The Saturday event will feature local vendors, a pet parade and more.

Fall foliage flourishes on the trees in Oriole Park on Oct. 12, 2022.
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EDISON PARK — Far Northwest Side residents can get a free tree and pet photos as part of a fair this weekend.

The fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Monument Park, 6679 N. Avondale Ave. Trees will be given out at a first-come, first-served basis.

The Edison Park Community Council is partnering with Sen. Robert Martwick’s office and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative for the event, which also includes a Halloween pet parade with prizes and local vendors, said council Vice President Paul Struebing.

The Chicago Trees Initiative “has identified Edison Park and some of the other neighborhoods on the Northwest Side as very at-risk due to their lack of free canopy and risk for flooding, heat islands and air pollution,” Struebing said.

Parts of Edison Park have 22-31 percent canopy cover, lower than neighboring Norwood Park’s 32-34 percent, according to the Chicago Trees Initiative map of tree canopy distribution. Parts of Forest Glen and Park Ridge, which also border Edison Park, have double and triple Edison Park’s tree cover, according to the map.

The initiative will see at least 40 trees given away at the event. Varieties available include sumac, silky dogwood, American plum, white oak, paw paw, red bud, black haw vibernum and nanny berry. There will be taller, understory, flowering and edible trees that will do well in people’s yards, Strubeing said.

A representative from the Chicago Trees Initiative will help attendees select the tree that would be best for their needs and yard.

Struebing, who lives in Edison Park, is running for 41st Ward alderman, and one of his campaign focuses is to improve the quality of life for his neighbors, which includes increasing the area’s canopy cover.

“You want to be on a tree-lined street; you don’t want to be on a street that’s been clear-cut. And, unfortunately, we have had a lot of old trees die because of disease, but we need to replenish those as quickly as possible,” he said. 

People who cannot make the event but want a tree can email the council at communitycouncil@edisonparkcc.com if there are any trees left.

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