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Historic Preservation in Uptown's Coast

Have you attended an Out and About Uptown's Coast event? Let us know how you've taken environmental action here!

Join us for the full series!

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!

Alternative Transit: Transportation infrastructure and how it impacts accessibility of the coast - 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

Historic Preservation Session Recap




On January 3rd, 2018, ICA and the Uptown Coastal Initiative hosted the sixth installment of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast series, Historic Preservation.


This event was designed in partnership with Christopher House’s Youth Leadership program. The session started with a reflection on the teens’ personal experience with preservation through family traditions, spanning food, holidays, and even use of public space in Uptown. Melanie Eckner from Uptown Coastal Initiative shared a historical perspective of Uptown’s coast and buildings. Lesley Showers, Property Manager of ICA GreenRise, presented on the ICA GreenRise as a historic landmark and shared plans for the upcoming renovation to make the building more energy efficient and welcoming. Following the presentations, the group toured the ICA GreenRise renovated common spaces as well historic marvels, including hidden treasures in the basement! Due to the cold winter weather, the group took a virtual tour of Uptown and posted images of places images of community assets that need to be preserved. In particular, the attendees really value Clarendon Park!

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 Left: Melanie Eckner describes how Montrose Beach was created. Right: Lesley Showers guides a tour in ICA's historic basement.

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About Out and About Uptown's Coast 

Out & About Uptown's Coast partners 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 hopes to connect 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 will target 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, a toolkit highlighting the different approaches taken and lessons learned will be created to help inform future programming as well as participant stewardship and engagement around sustainability in the coast.


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