El Paseo Community Garden in Pilsen Wins MacArthur Foundation Creative Placement Award

Block Club Chicago 


PILSEN — A community garden that sprung up atop reclaimed industrial land in Pilsen was honored this month by the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards.

El Paseo Community Gardens on Sangamon between Cullerton and 21st streets won the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Creative Placemaking Award.

The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards is run by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago. The awards gala, scheduled for earlier this month, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Block Club is highlighting some of the winners and publishing the award videos that were to be played at the ceremony.

El Paseo Community Garden was honored as “a space that celebrates the diversity, history and culture that is the strength of the community and that links the past to the future.”

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