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Alternative Transit in Uptown's Coast

Read about each session!

Urban Ecology: Native ecology including wildlife habitat in Uptown’s coastal zone - Read about the event here!

Cycling Uptown: Using bike rides to benefit health, reclaim public space, and improve access to the coast - Read about the event here!

Underutilized Community Spaces: Discover underutilized spaces on Uptown’s lakefront - Read about the event here!

Urban Agriculture:
Farming as infrastructure for human and coastal health - Read about the event here!

Historic Preservation: Connect past and present through the history of coastal Uptown - Read about the event here!

Mental Wellness & Uptown's Coast: Explore the therapeutic benefits of nature-based recreation - Read about the event here!

Eco-Justice: Citizen participation in community security within the coastal zone - Read about the event here!

Green Infrastructure: Building by design to blend structure and nature - Read about the event here!

Alternative Transit Session Recap




On October 26th, 2017, ICA and the Uptown Coastal Initiative hosted the fifth installment of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast series, Alternative Transit.

Melanie Eckner from Uptown Coastal Initiative shared a historical perspective on transit in Uptown. Kris Sorich, Senior Landscape Architect at Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), and Lara Rivera, Project Designer at Site Design, shared details about the Leland Greenway, focusing on the Uptown Plaza. Following the presentations, the group walked over to the Uptown Plaza for additional opportunity to explore and ask questions. Find a more detailed report on the Uplift Plaza from reporter Josh McGhee on DNAinfo.


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About Out and About Uptown's Coast

Out & About Uptown's Coast partnered with the Uptown Coastal Initiative to raise awareness of Uptown's lakefront and parks through nine experiential, educational sessions that offer attendees rich opportunity for meaningful engagement with the ecology and culture of this Great Lakes coastal community.

The project connected residents, workers, and visitors, and strengthen links between the well-being of the coastal ecosystem and the health and well-being of those who live, work, and visit Uptown’s coast.

Highlighting local expertise and creating a space for diverse attendees to learn about and explore the area together, each session’s unique lens targeted different subjects and circle back to universal accessibility to and stewardship of Uptown’s coast across a spectrum of disciplines.

At the close of Out & About Uptown's Coast, the Uptown Coastal Initiative team created a toolkit highlighting the different approaches taken and lessons learned to help inform future programming as well as participant stewardship and engagement around sustainability in the coast.

For more information about Out and About Uptown's Coast, contact