Chicago Grows Green Week

May 11th through May 19th

More info? See the event on Facebook or contact MPAC’s Ryan Anderson at


CGG Week Events include

Friday, May 11th

CGG Week Kickoff: Show your support for #CGGweek and efforts to combat flooding, water pollution, and air quality issues in the Chicago Calumet Region. MPAC, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Riverdale Park District and many more cover the state of Greater Chicago’s landscapes and the need to restore them at Ivanhoe Fieldhouse, 1 to 2 pm. Learn more at

Saturday, May 12th

Elmhurst Green Garden Fair: Test your knowledge of proper landscaping practices at our natural lawn care pop quiz booth! MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee will share information on Elmhurst’s pesticide free Van Voorst Park from 9 am to noon. 

Tuesday, May 15th

CGG Week Composting Webinar: MPAC’s MGG Lawn & Land Forum brings speakers from the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and North Shore Country Club to discuss best management practices for applying nutrient-rich compost to sports fields from 11 am to 12:30 pm. RSVP at

Thursday, May 17th

Naperville Dandelion Pull: The Naperville Park District started managing eight organic parks in 2018, so Naperville residents and MPAC volunteer to show their appreciation! Join for an hour of games, fun, and other activities at Knoch Park, 6 to 7 pm. Learn more at

Veterans Park CGG Kickoff: MPAC  and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture share organic gardening tips and resources to the Veterans Park Improvement Association and friends through games, presentations, and raffles from 7 to 8:30 pm. Learn more at

Saturday, May 19th

CGG Week Celebration: Close out CGG week with MPAC, Deep Roots Project, Go Green Brookfield, and others at Dig Right In Landscaping Inc’s warehouse! Dig Right In will sell its compost tea and donate all proceeds to MPAC. Other organizations will share sustainable landscaping progress in their communities from 1 to 3 pm.  Learn more at

Partners include

MWRD, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, UIC Freshwater Lab, University of Chicago Program on the Global Environment, Deep Roots Project, Go Green Brookfield, Houseful of Nicholes, Veterans Park Improvement Association, Non Toxic Naperville, Riverdale Park District, Benedictine University, and many more!

This week made possible thanks to 


Oberweiler Foundation

Dig Right In Landscaping, Inc.

Patriot Products, Inc.

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Earth Share Illinois