Chicago Wilderness Vision
View of Chicago skyline from the Lurie Garden in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo by UGArdener, Flickr
Our conservation efforts in and around Chicago, from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to wetlands restoration, keeps growing. Chicago Wilderness recently asked us to help update and refine its 2004 green infrastructure plan. We’re working on a revised vision that links woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, streams and lakes within urban, suburban and rural areas around Chicago.
Our new Chicago Wilderness Vision is expansive, with ideas for big landscapes and individual neighborhoods alike. Here are a few of our top goals:
- Provide critical habitat, including migration corridors, for wildlife.
- Preserve healthy working lands, such as farms.
- Link communities through greenways, trails, and recreational networks.
- Enhance urban neighborhoods for livability and good environmental outcomes
with tree-lined streets, community gardens, pocket parks, green roofs and green