Garden Open House

Covid has forced us to adapt this year, but despite this difficult time we have accomplished much. In lieu of our Annual Harvest Festival, we would like to hold a self-guided showcase event from Saturday, October 24th from 2 pm to 4 pm .

Please stay home if you are not well. Masks and social distancing will be enforced and groups per area will be kept to a minimum.

All activities and performances celebrate our community partnerships demonstrated this year.


Join us for a ribbon cutting for our recently completed  Permaculture Site at 2:30 pm. Afterwards explore and learn about the plants and their uses. This project began in 2018 and is made possible by funding from 2018 Comed Green Region Grant, 2019 Openlands Treeplanters Grant, and  Country Financial.

Come see the progress Human Scale has made on “El Convivio”, our new picnic/ outdoor kitchen area and ADA accessible beds. This project was funded by AARP.

Community Design

We are expanding the garden to the former Loewenthal site. Let us know what you want to see on the lot by independently participating at our community design board. Make sure you take a photo of your design and email us or tag us on social media @elpaseogarden. Use the hashtag #elpaseolot . Please be cautious and sanitize your hands before and after.  Take away maps will be provided and can be dropped off in the mailbox attached to the design board once completed.

Read a recent article by Block Club Chicago about the expansion.

Family Activities

Learn about the monarch butterfly and other pollinators at our interactive  Kids Garden Days: Monarch Club display.  We will have some hands-on activities as well. This program was completed in partnership with Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Universidad Popular.

Schedule: Workshops & Performances

  • 2 pm – All Ages Yoga by Edith
  • 2 pm to 2:45- Simantikos Dance Studio Aerial Performances
  • 2:30 pm – Permaculture Site Ribbon Cutting
  • 3 pm to 3:15- Simantikos Dance Studio Group Performances
  • 3:30 pm- Beekeeping Demo
  • 4 pm – Meditation and Sound Healing

Beer Release

Pick up your pre-sale order of our collaborative beer, El Paseo Pale Ale, with Lo Rez Brewing.  A portion of every beer sold goes to support our garden. Place your pre-sale order on the Lo Rez website.Label art by Diana Solís, who was part of the team for our “El Abrazo” murals.
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Free Asian Carp Tacos

Participate in The Asian Carp Challenge! Free Asian Carp tacos prepared by Chef Agustin of Mole Village Restaurant will be offered in partnership with State Representative Theresa Mah, IDNR, and MWRD Commissioner Josina Morita.
Sign up for the challenge here:
Limited Supplies. First Come First Serve.
Other articles about the Asian Carp Challenge:

Local Produce

Pick up site for Advocates for Urban Agriculture’s annual AUA Grown in Chicago Soirée tote bags. Also available to pick up Thursday and Friday 10 am to 2 pm. Register for your tote on their event page. 

Candy Drive for Halloween

Donate candy for our Halloween Event.  Bag must be new and sealed.

Pumpkin Patch

Limited pumpkins available for families to take home & carve.  $5 Suggested donation per pumpkin.

Let us know if you would like to display your pumpkin in the garden for Halloween.