Charm of the neighborhood streets and gardens drew hundreds to Bucktown


"The 2015 Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk was our 10th annual and another success," says Eva Bergant, Co-chair of the event that was held July 11-12. 


Lush lawn in summer, ice rink by winter

"Unlike the street fairs that focus on food, vendors and multiple stages of music, this event has a focus on the gardens that are possible in the average Chicago spaces," says Bergant. 

The charming bungalows on the 2100 W. block of Homer are perfect examples. A tree lined street, there are interesting people and spaces. Two of the three I stopped by when I visited in 2013 too.


Bennett Summy is in the middle (white tee) and Wilson is on left in red

The Summy home was new to me. They explained that the lush spacious lawn on their side lot turns into an ice rink in the winter. In front the entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well.

A five-year veteran of lemonade stands, Bennett Summy, now 12, said he was helping his sister and friend Wilson. Wilson identified himself as the main assistant and had several cousins working the stand too. 

Summy said that he began doing a stand because, "I was looking for something to do. Sometimes we donate some of the money." Money distribution is something they meet about after the event is over. 


Weidner by her art garden talked with a visitor in 2013


Weidner added this cute tree with a history

Across the street, artist Stephanie Weidner opened her door to her art gallery during the walk again and has added to her unique front garden since 2013.

George Bailly and Marsia Matus shared their challenges with the over abundance of water on their garden and the anticipation of adding a new sculpture later this year. They were just getting their garden going in 2013.

"We showcase parkways, side lots, rooftops and containers," Bergant said. "Vegetable gardens, comfortable green havens in the City with sunny bursts of flowers were seen by over 400 people who were encouraged to walk around Bucktown and visit their neighbors.


Marsia Matus and George Bailly explain that this sculpture will go in their kitchen after they select their new outdoor piece

"I was invited, by a visitor to my garden, to the block party on her street next month. We talked about her neighbor's garden that was on the walk this year, which lead to her willingness to participate next year." Getting people to volunteer for events is always a joyous experience!

Club Lucky, once again, hosted the Welcome Table and provided musical entertainment all weekend with a Napa in the Neighborhood wine tasting!   

To kickoff each day, the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO) sponsored Children's Entertainment at noon. Families took rides on the free trolley. 

Bergant reported that there were actuallty several lemonade stands in the neighborhood and one had fresh squeezed fruit juices too and they donated their proceeds to PAWS Chicago. She added that everyone enjoyed the petting zoo that Lotties' Pub hosted for the weekend.   

"The event could not happen without our business sponsors. We hope that the neighbors support them and thank them for being part of what make Bucktown great," she concluded.



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