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JULY

Every Thursday, Friday and Sunday in July and August
Lurie Garden Tours.
Stop by the information tent to get your questions answered or take a short guided tour to learn about the Lurie Garden’s design and history, its perennial plants and wildlife. Tours last approximately 20 minutes and depart every 15 to 20 minutes. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. No registration required. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

Every Saturday until October
61st Street Farmers’ Market.
Located between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: www.experimentalstation.org.

July 8
The Trust for Public Land is launching Trail Mix.
A monthly series of family events and conversations about The 606 and its centerpiece, the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s next great park and trail system. Hands-on family activities and behind-the-scenes conversations. This month’s focus is “Trail Through Chicago’s Manufacturing History.” Historian and researcher Jim Peters will share how and why the tracks of Bloomingdale Trail were originally elevated and how they helped shape four Chicago neighborhoods. At The Hideout Chicago, 1354 W. Wabansia St. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Info: www.the606.org.

July 18
Gardener’s Plant Walk.
For the gardener who would like focused information about Lurie Garden plants and their place in the gardens. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St.  8 to 8:45 a.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

July 23
Twilight Safari.
Explore Lincoln Park Zoo after hours with a zoo horticulturalist and an animal expert. Cameras welcome. Lincoln Park Zoo, Café Brauer entrance, 2021 N. Stockton Drive. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $13. Ages 16 and older. Info: www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar.

July 30
Wine & Wildflowers.
Live music, upscale bites and delicious wines while soaking up the zoo’s lush landscapes. This special event celebrates and supports the spectacular gardens of Lincoln Park Zoo, Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway. 6 to 8:30 p.m. $55. Info: www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar.

AUGUST

August 3
The Trust for Public Land is launching Trail Mix.
A monthly series of family events and conversations about The 606 and its centerpiece, the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s next great park and trail system. Hands-on family activities and behind-the-scenes conversations. This month’s focus is “Making History: Toys and Tinkering.” Learn about the rich manufacturing history and make some ingenious toys and musical instruments to take home. Quilombo Cultural Center, 1757 N. Kimball Ave. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Info: www.the606.org.

August 7 to 10
The 35th annual American Community Gardening Association Conference.
The premier networking event for community garden professionals and practitioners. The theme for this year’s conference is “Gateway to Community in the City of Neighborhoods.” More than 40 workshops, round tables and tours highlighting best practices and innovative strategies from presenters from all over the world. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Info: Openlands at 312-427-4256.

August 10
Draw Our Garden in a City.
Spend an afternoon in the Lurie Garden finding your favorite flower, insect, leaf or shadow and put it down on paper! Intended for 6 to 10 year olds. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

August 10
Birding Basics: A Primer for New Birders.
Learn what and how to get started. Discover the different species that visit the Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 8 to 9:30 a.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

August 19
Dyeing with Local Flora.
A one-day participatory demonstration on how to extract color from locally grown and collected plants. Experiment with everything from barks and berries to flowers and leaves. Each student will make a sample book of colors.  Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

August 19
Wildlife!
Observe common urban reptiles and mammals, learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges they face in this urban environment. For all ages. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. No registration. Info: www.luriegarden.org.

August 21
“Ten Years in The Lurie Garden.”
A lecture by Jennifer Davit, Lurie Garden director. Hear about its local and international reach, the richness of its planting design and its exemplary sustainable maintenance practices. Lurie Garden, Columbus Drive and Monroe St. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Info: www.luriegarden.org.