Family Reptile and Movie Night

Meet the reptiles from All Claws Rescue and watch the movie Rango at sundown.

Friday, September 17th at 6:30 pm

During the Chicago Architecture Biennial Opening Day, visit Studio Ossidiana‘s Biennial installation and come hang out with All Claws Rescue as we introduce you to their leopard geckos, iguanas, snakes, and more! All Claws Rescue was founded in Pilsen and loves to give back to the community.

Yes, you will be able to touch and if you’re scared, no worries! All Claws Rescue will teach why even our scaly babies aren’t to be feared.

At sundown we will be showing the movie Rango! Bring your blankets and snacks!

Limited snacks provided.

Register Here

Bilingual Storytime at El Paseo

Bilingual Storytime with Open Books

Saturday, September 25th 
11:30 am to 12:30 pm

¡Estamos emocionados de asociarnos con nuestros vecinos Open Books para una hora de cuentos bilingüe (español) en el jardín el sábado 25 de septiembre de 11:30 a 12:30! ¡La hora del cuento terminará con algunas actividades divertidas para los niñxs!
Registrar aquí.

We are excited to partner with our neighbors Open Books for a Bilingual Storytime (Spanish) in the garden Saturday, September 25th from 11:30 to 12:30! Storytime will end with some fun related activities for the kids!
Register here.

Copy of Nature Play Time

Nature Play Time

Join us on the weekend of October 16 and 17 to explore the benefits of playing in and with nature, right in the middle of the city!

Children benefit greatly from playing outside; and natural environments provide both place and parts for deep satisfying imaginative play. Community gardens are ideal places, not only for growing food and community, but also for growing healthy playful children.

El Paseo Community Garden, with support from NeighborSpace’s West Side Nature Play Initiative and the Chicago Park District, will host “nature play stations” around their site. Drop in and visit the stations, play a little, and get ideas for your own play spaces in your garden, your yard, your school, and help envision El Paseo Community Garden’s future nature play area. Now more than ever, we need to connect with each other, play with each other, and trust each other. These “natural play interventions” are a unique way to get in touch with both nature and your children.

Stations will include “Creating Adventurous Pathways”, “Noticing Nature”, “A Loose Part Nature Trading Station”, and more.  

This program will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, from 11am- 3 pm.

Click here to register.


Day of Wellness

September 26th: (TBA)
El Paseo Wellness Coalition and the Community Healing Mercado practitioners will provide individual reiki treatments, yoga, meditation and sound healing. Follow @pilsenchica for updates

Annual Harvest Festival

October 9th from 10 am to 4 pm
In conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, join us in celebrating the garden’s projects and partnerships this year. Participate in wellness programming, play games while visiting our two biennial installations from Studio Ossidiana and Outpost Office, and enjoy performances, music and art.


El Paseo Haunted Garden

Trick-or-Treating October 31st
Walk through the spooky trail  and visit our Chicago Architecture Biennial installations from Studio Ossidiana and Outpost Office. We will have plenty of treats for the little ghouls!


Partner with us! 

Many of our programs and events (yoga, meditation, flamenco, halloween, etc.) began with local residents and organizations looking for an accessible space to give back to the community.  Our outdoor space has become a community center and partner for anyone willing to share accessible resources.  If you would like to collaborate, please email us at

Participate in El Paseo’s donation-based programs like weekly Kids Garden Days, Community Yoga, Community Meditation, and Community Flamenco.

Follow our facebook page! Check out our calendar and EventBrite to stay informed about events.

Sign up for our Mailing List.