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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Gary Comer Youth Center

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Rosalind Dale, District Coordinator/FNP and I met with staff at the Gary Comer Youth Center at 7200 South Ingleside to discuss potential programming for the youth at the center. The center is a state-of-the art facility with a gym/auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria, computer lab, dance studio, recording studio, arts and crafts room, classrooms and a rooftop garden.

Gary Comer, Lands End founder and former student at Paul Revere School has given over $50 million to the Paul Revere community including $7 million to Paul Revere School, $5 million for a neighborhood housing initiative, $1.5 million to the South Shore Drill team and $30 million to build the Gary Comer Youth Center.

Marji Hess, GC Rooftop Garden coordinator, Nancy Kreith, Cook County Extension Horticulture Assistant and Elizabeth Bruhns, Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator and I will meet later this month to discuss horticulture programming at the center.

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