sheffield-garden-walkI just love Chicago in the summer. There are so many great events in the neighborhoods, not least of which is Chicago’s Sheffield Garden Walk. I’ve written here before about the joy of gardening in the city, so it should come as no surprise that this weekend-long event ranks high on my list of recommended things to do.

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, the walk includes gardens within the Sheffield neighborhood, which extends from Halsted west to the Chicago River and from Armitage north to Fullerton.

Taking place on July 17th and 18th, this year’s garden walk offers the chance to visit more than 100 exquisite residential gardens on a self-guided tour. Other activities include guided garden tours given by a landscape professional; live music from national/regional headline groups; a kids’ corner with a petting zoo, pony rides, hands-on activities and food service; and several wonderful dining options.

The gardens are open from noon to 5:30 p.m., and admission is a donation of $7 before 3:00 p.m. and $10 afterward (proceeds support neighborhood schools, institutions and community projects). Tickets and guidebooks can be purchased outside St. Vincent de Paul Church at 1010 W. Webster by Sheffield.  For full details, visit

While in the area, you might also consider signing up for one of four free architectural tours. Much of the Sheffield neighborhood is a National Historic District and includes Victorian-era Italianate, Romanesque, and Queen Anne architectural styles dating to 1875. Sign up when you buy your garden walk tickets.

While you’re on the walk, we hope you will also pass by some of the neighborhood homes we have listed for sale including  2029 N. Seminary (one of the few homes in the area left standing after the Chicago Fire), 2132 N. Kenmore and 2216 N. Magnolia. Just last month, we sold 2140 N. Fremont, which was the first-place winner at the 2008 Sheffield Garden Walk.

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