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City of Chicago Rain Barrel Sale

Posted by Ron Wolford -

You can purchase a highly discounted retrofitted rain barrel for $20.00 from the City of Chicago for a limited time. To reserve a rain barrel, please send an email to or leave a voice message at (312-743-WATER) and include your full name, house address including zip, email address, phone number, and desired pickup date. We will confirm your reservation via e-mail or phone.

City of Chicago rain barrels are retrofitted from 55-gallon food-grade barrels with a screen on top, spigot, overflow hole, drain hole, and mosquito screens covering all openings. Reservations are required. Limit one per household. Sold to Chicago residents only.

The City of Chicago sold subsidized rain barrels to Chicago residents in a pilot program in 2004. Based on the overwhelming response, the City encouraged local garden centers to stock rain barrels in their store. Garden centers are stocking them now.

There are six opportunities to pick up your rain barrel. In the 39th Ward at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Saturday, August 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In the 19th Ward on Saturday, August 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St.

All of the remaining distribution events will take place at the Chicago Center for Green Technology located at 445 N. Sacramento Blvd. on the following dates:

Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. to Noon. FULL- no longer taking reservations.
Thursday, September 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, Noon to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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