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Founded in 1954, the North Dearborn Association (NDA) is an influential organization dedicated to
the preservation and beautification of its Chicago Near North neighborhood. The Association recently
celebrated its 50th anniversary. Among its recent projects, the NDA led the efforts to
install vintage lampposts with hanging floral baskets at the intersections along North Dearborn from
Division Street to the entrance of Lincoln Park at North Avenue; facilitated the donation of the Eldon
Danhausen sculpture 'The Community’ to the Ogden International School; and is currently working to
preserve and renovate the historic 3Arts Club landmark building. Proceeds from the Association’s
annual Dearborn Garden Walk go back into the community for preservation and beautification efforts.
For more information, please visit: www.northdearbornassociation.com.
Chicago’s 55th Dearborn Garden Walk - presented by the North Dearborn Association - is one of the country’s oldest garden walks. Each year, this nationally-recognized event draws crowds from all over the world to take part in a one-day, self-guided walking tour. More than twenty of Chicago’s most spectacular, private rear gardens will be on display throughout Chicago’s historic Near North neighborhood.
The 55th Dearborn Garden Walk will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 12pm-
5pm and tickets are $30 (advance) / $35 (gate). Year after year, visitors travel from all over the country to experience this annual event and walk away with ideas for their own outdoor spaces. Over 20 private rear gardens are featured and range from
minimalist to classic small gardens and patio/terrace designs, each showcasing the most creative use of outdoor space in an urban setting. Many of the gardens are created around entertaining and sitting areas, offering city dwellers additional living quarters in the warmer months.
Highlights of the tour include never-been-seen garden vignettes by some of Chicago’s top designers. The vignettes will showcase dramatic outdoor rooms and scenes utilizing a variety of outdoor tables, chairs, colorful cushions, linens, floral decorations, and other accessories including fine china, crystal,and flatware. The vignettes prompt visitors to consider imaginative ways they can recreate their own backyard spaces.
In addition to the self-guided walking tour and garden vignettes, visitors can participate in an hourlong, wonderfully entertaining and educational sidewalk guided tour of historic Dearborn Parkway that highlights the outstanding architectural facades in the neighborhood. The architectural tour, which starts at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm, includes both pre and post-Chicago fire structures, sites that have been used in movies, homes formerly occupied by famous celebrities, and even a US President!
Tickets are $35.00 on July 21, 2013 and $30.00 in advance. All advance ticket purchasers are automatically entered in drawings for goods and services from neighborhood businesses. Admission includes a Dearborn Garden Walk program with a
map for a self-guided tour of the gardens, live jazz and classical music in select gardens, and guided architectural walking tours of historic Dearborn Parkway.
For ticket purchase information, please call: 312-632-1241or visit online at: http://www.DearbornGardenWalk.com.
- Christy Prassas
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