Lookin’ Good Woodard!

Chicago Dept. of Transportation crews were at the plaza today to replace 122 young plants that people had trampled to death.  Sorry, I guess I could’ve sugar-coated that, but let’s just call it what it is. The landscape supervisor said that once they get a little bigger people will step

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Peace Songs Sing-a-long

No, you weren’t having a flashback to the Summer of Love if you walked by Woodard Plaza this afternoon. It was the opening event for Hairpin Arts Center exhibit, “Endless War: Memory, Trauma and Resistance” through June 9. It’s a four-day event celebrating the powerful impact of art and activism

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Who was Woodard?

Who was Woodard and what did he do to deserve having one of the shortest streets in Chicago named after him? When CDOT closed off the southwest end of North Woodard Street in 2014 to create Woodard Plaza it lost what little was left of its 2 blocks but gave

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Mercaditos launches summer programming

The Mujeres Artesanas con Carrillo kicked off our new summer program series on the newly restored Plaza.  Thanks to Block Club you can read all about it here. (And while you’re at it, please subscribe to Block Club so it can afford to keep spreading the news that matters to

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A plug for plogging

Neighbor, journalist, would-be Woodard Weeder, and Logan Squarist editor-in-chief Ariel Parrella-Aureli wrote this article on how to become a Woodard Plaza plogger.  If this wants to make you run out to pick up trash at Woodard, please let us know that you’ve taken the Plaza Plogger Pledge so we can recognize

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To Weed or Not to Weed?

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) sent their landscaping supervisors to Woodard Plaza today to see how the new plantings were coming along and to educate us on which were weeds and which weren’t.   Since these are native plants it’s not always obvious. They said that for this first year

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The Great Woodard Redo

Woodard Plaza has been reborn!  At the request of the Woodard Cultural Alliance (that’s us), the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has restored the planters from the ground up.  Under the expert leadership of Jeff Brink,  Chicago’s Senior Forester, the drainage has been corrected, the old dirt stripped away and replaced

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In the Beginning

Woodard Plaza, at the intersection of Milwaukee and Kimball, is the only public open space in Avondale on Milwaukee Avenue beyond Logan Square. It was designed by noted landscape architect Terry Guen and built in 2013 by CDOT as part of their Make Way for People program. While it was

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