16 Placemaking Events Going on All Around the City This Weekend

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Does this scene look like a good time to you? There are tons of events like it going on this weekend. Photo: MPC

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further. Below you’ll find a handy chart of all the fantastic community-building events going on from today through Sunday as part of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Old Place, New Tricks placemaking competition. The contest inspired residents to energize under-used public spaces like vacant lots, plazas and corners with activities and installations.

More than a dozen organizations and individuals rose to the challenge, and there are 16 exciting events going on in communities ranging from Blue Island to Austin to Rogers Park. Happenings include a clothing swap, a sidewalk chalk drawing session, a pavilion for creating self-portraits, and even a watermelon seed spitting competition. Sustainable transportation fans won’t want to miss the Bronzeville Spoketacular, featuring bike repairs and sales from the new Bronzeville Bike Box mini-shop, a bike tour of locations where you can forage wild fruits and herbs and, best of all, a free ice cream social.

The public can vote online to choose their favorite placemaking event from the weekend. The three most successful placemakers will win $1,000 prizes, to be used for more ambitious projects in the future.

Event / Activities Address Date Start End
Playlot maintenance, massage pavilion 6800 S Green St Friday 9 a.m. 12 p.m.
Grow Spaces Picnic 4542 N Ravenswood Ave Friday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Basketball, table games, facepainting 4800 W Adams St Friday 3 p.m. 6 p.m.
La Sandia, Loteria! 7070 N Clark St Friday 3 p.m. 6 p.m.
Taste of Division 1200 N Long Ave Friday 3 p.m. 7 p.m.
I Grow Chicago 6402 S Honore St Friday 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Pop-up juice bar, live music, info on local food options 1947 W 63rd St Rescheduled for Sept. 5 TBD TBD
Movie in the Park 4600 N Lawndale Ave Friday 6 p.m. 10 p.m.
Activation Day at the Berm 11900 Vincennes Ave, Blue Island Saturday 9 a.m. 12 p.m.
Austin Peace Lot 624 N Lorel Ave Saturday 10 a.m.
Building a children’s sandbox 8600 S Colfax Ave Saturday 10 a.m.
Building a temporary sculpture and picnic tables 6953 S Dorchester Ave Saturday 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Groupon activates an abandoned space 800 N Larrabee St Saturday 11 a.m.
Games, t-shirt decorating, clothing swap 1800 S Sangamon St Saturday 12 p.m. 5 p.m.
Chalk the Walk 1100 N Sedgwick St Saturday 3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Selfie Sunday 2635 N Milwaukee Ave Sunday 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Bronzeville Spoketacular 320 E 51st St Sunday 2 p.m. 6 p.m.

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