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Checkerboard City: No Longer Marooned

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The new promenade on 58th, across the street from Robie House/Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

I’ve long thought that the gray, Gothic confines of the University of Chicago were designed as a fortress against the outside world. However, in recent years, the school has made an effort to physically open up its grounds to the rest of the Hyde Park community, as well as to connect various parts of the campus that had previously seemed remote, by creating better spaces for pedestrians.

Several construction projects have improved connectivity and made it safer and more pleasant to walk across the 211-acre campus. Meanwhile, sections of roadway have been converted into attractive walkways and plazas, which encourage spontaneous interactions between students, employees and neighborhood folks. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility 2014

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For Newcity’s coverage of the music of Lollapalooza, click here.


Landing in Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on August 1, 2 and 3, Lollapalooza hosts 137 bands, eight stages, and 100,000 fans for a weekend to remember. Situated in the heart of the festivities, Green Street keeps the Festival’s values of social responsibility and environmental stewardship at its core. Home of a curated art market, non-profit organizations, farm-to-festival fare, and environmental efforts, Green Street provides an experience unique to Lollapalooza.

In between sets, shop the Greet Street Art Market where you’ll find treasures ranging from music inspired paintings to upcycled accessories to ethically traded international artwork. Swing by the Lolla Farmers Market to enjoy small-batch, homegrown Chicago flavors. Visit Syd Rocks to see how a lady in high school is clearing the path for others suffering from a rare blood disease. Join the sixteen potentially life saving matches from Lollapalooza attendees who registered with Love Hope Strength’s bone marrow database. Discover environmental practices around the globe from The Lexicon of Sustainability’s pop-up art show.

Minimizing Lollapalooza’s environmental impact has been a mission since its inaugural year in 1991. Over the past seven years, Lollapalooza’s producers and fans offset 16.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide (the work of 1.7 million young trees in a year). More than one million water bottles have been avoided through free water filling stations since 2010.  Returning for its tenth year, The Rock & Recycle Program invites thousands of fans each year to be rewarded for joining waste diversion efforts. Now expanded to Chile, Brazil and Argentina, the flags of Lollapalooza’s hosting countries fly high over Green Street as we celebrate international efforts to maintain environmental programs around the globe.

Take a few moments to get inspired by some of the excellent causes in Green Street, and make a contribution to the world straight from Lollapalooza this weekend.

Enjoy the show!

—Emily Stengel, Green Street Producer

Newcity has partnered with Lollapalooza to produce this official guide to Green Street

What Makes Lollapalooza Green

Aldeas Verdes: How Lollapalooza Exports its Green Spirit to its South American Sister Festivals

Lollapalooza Green Street: Art Market

Lollapalooza Green Street: Lolla Cares

Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

What Makes Lollapalooza Green

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street


Waste Diversion
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans, hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and volunteers. Please help divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste away. You can reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the six CamelBak Filling Stations. Over the past four years, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over a million water bottles! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Art Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods.

1:Face Watch


Green Street North
Completed by Amina Ahmed

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No, this is our second year at Lollapalooza!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You will find a movement to help change the world. 1:Face watch is in affiliation with eight different charities, each representing a different color watch, and with each purchase of a watch different metrics are carried out to help the different causes and charities.
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Lollapalooza Green Street: Lolla Cares

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Food Policy Action
Green Street North
Completed by Cory Sullivan, assistant to Tom Colicchio & Food Policy Coordinator

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is the first Lollapalooza for both myself and our organization, Food Policy Action. We’re very excited to be here.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
An interactive copy of our National Food Policy Scorecard, appearances by famous Chicago chefs, a photobooth chock-full of food props, and a raffle to win dinner at a legendary Chicago restaurant… Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located in Green Street North, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area.

fayettecreamerylogo[1]Brunkow Cheese
Completed by Joe Burns, cheesemaker

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our fifth year at Lollapalooza. We are one of the original members of the Lolla Farmers Market and are thrilled to be returning.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At our booth, you will find Queijo de Coalho, a Brazilian-style Grilled Cheese on a Stick. We make the cheese at our creamery in Wisconsin, but get the recipe from Brazil. You will also find a great staff, happy cows, a cool breeze and some nice shade. Come on by… Read the rest of this entry »

Aldeas Verdes: How Lollapalooza Exports its Green Spirit to its South American Sister Festivals

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Green Spirit

Green Spirit/Lollapalooza Chile

By Jenzo DuQue

More than twenty years after its debut as a roving summer festival, Lollapalooza lives on in its Chicago home base, attracting more than 250,000 attendees and compiling one of the most diverse line-ups in popular music. Now the festival roves in a different way, by expanding beyond the borders of Grant Park and into South America since 2011. Chile was the first to greet founder Perry Farrell, debuting the festival in the nation’s capital, Santiago, followed a year later by a São Paulo, Brazil outpost. Today, Argentina prepares for its second round in Buenos Aires, to take place in spring 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: Requiem for a Librarian

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The 600 block of Church Street in Evanston, where the crash took place. Photo: Justin Haugens

The 600 block of Church Street in Evanston, where the crash took place/Photo: Justin Haugens

By John Greenfield

From what I’ve read, it sounds like Gigi Galich, a children’s librarian who died after an Evanston bike crash, was a wonderful lady.

Shortly before 9am on the morning of June 30, Galich was bicycling to work eastbound on Church Street, a roadway where the city of Evanston installed protected bike lanes two years ago. As she arrived at the main branch of the Evanston Public Library, at the northeast corner of Church and Orrington Avenue, she began switching lanes midblock, according to a witness. It’s possible she was crossing the street to park at a bank of bike racks by the library’s main entrance.

As Galich, a fifty-five-year-old Evanston resident, was shifting lanes, a twenty-seven-year-old Chicago man, riding eastbound on a motorcycle, struck her from behind. Although the librarian was wearing a bike helmet, she suffered a severe head injury, according to Commander Jay Parrott from the Evanston Police Department. She died two days later. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: South Siders Need a Sidewalk

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Lucas and Flemings at Rosebud Farm Stand. Photo: John Greenfield

Deloris Lucas and Victor Maurice Flemings Sr. at Rosebud Farm Stand/Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

“Altgeld Gardens is really secluded,” Active Transportation Alliance community liaison Cynthia Bell recently told me. “It’s like its own city.” The area, which includes the housing project of the same name, plus the Concordia Place, Riverside Village and Golden Gate subdivisions, is located by a bend in the Calumet River on the Far South Side, surrounded by industrial land and isolated from other neighborhoods.

Bell has been assisting the local Safety Transportation Advisory Council, residents who want to improve conditions for walking, biking and transit use. “They have a lot of issues with the built environment, like missing sidewalks and crosswalks,” she said. “They’re really underserved.”

Deloris Lucas, a former Chicago Public Schools employee and longtime Golden Gate resident who’s spearheading the council, has been working hard to change that. In particular, she’s upset that 130th Street, the interstate-like roadway that walls in the community from the north, has no sidewalk. That forces people walking to Rosebud Farm Stand, the area’s only source for fresh produce and healthy groceries, from the west, to trudge along a narrow, muddy dirt trail by the side of the road. The store is located at 525 East 130th. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: Getting Pilsen Going

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Alex Velazquez and Ray Arroyo. Photo: Active Trans

Alex Velazquez and Ray Arroyo/Photo: Active Trans

By John Greenfield

Last September, the Chicago Department of Transportation launched the Go Bronzeville transportation demand program in the historic Near South neighborhood otherwise known as the Black Metropolis. The initiative provided resources for residents interested in getting around their community and the city on foot, bike, transit and car-sharing, with the goal of reducing the number of drive-alone trips.

Many of the people who participated in the free workshops, walking tours and bike rides found that using active transportation helped save them money, improved their health and gave them new opportunities to spend time with their family, friends and neighbors. Now, CDOT plans to run TDM programs in another four neighborhoods, at a cost of about $250,000 per community, mostly funded by federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grants.

Pilsen, the largely Mexican-American community located three miles southwest of the Loop, was a logical choice for the next location, according to CDOT deputy commissioner Sean Wiedel. The area is well served by transit, including several CTA bus routes, the Pink Line and Metra’s BNSF line, and it has nearly a dozen Divvy bike-share stations. The Go Pilsen program debuted on June 4. Portland, Oregon-based Alta Planning + Design helped design the program, and the Active Transportation Alliance’s Maggie Melin is coordinating it on the local level. Read the rest of this entry »