Throughout the summer, I have noticed flower blossoms growing along my morning route to work. Most of these flowers were of the three-dimensional variety until lately, when I noticed a few two-dimensional flowers popping up in store windows all along Webster and Sheffield Avenues. When I finally stopped to get a better look at these glass-framed poster flowers, I was pleasantly introduced to the summertime favorite Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, featuring live bands such as Gomez and my personal favorite, Cowboy Mouth.
Though the live music is an attention-grabber, it’s the garden walk itself that makes this festival stand out. Over 100 neighborhood gardens will be available for self-guided garden and architecture tours to showcase some of Chicago’s most beautiful outdoor properties. In addition, food and beverage from local restaurants will be available throughout the day, along with family-friendly activities such as story time with the Chicago Public Library.
Area residents have been grooming and watering their gardens in order to showcase the natural beauty of summer to festival go-ers, who can pick up their tour guidebooks at the Garden Center on the lawn in front of St. Vincent de Paul Church.
The gardens are all located within the boundaries of the Sheffield neighborhood, which extends from Halsted, West to the Chicago River and from Armitage, North to Fullerton. Not only will you have a great time, you will also be supporting Lincoln Park neighborhood schools and community projects with a $7-10 donation.
Did I mention you get to walk through strangers’ yards and see the beauty that lies behind their tall fences? Well, either way…you know where I will be this weekend. Visit www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com for complete music schedule, directions and more information.