“We create opportunities right here at our fingertips.” says Erin, our Co-Executive Director.

At I Grow Chicago, we believe in something called activation. Activation is, as the Chicago Maroon writes in a recent feature, “the resurrection of community resources that had been previously cast aside.”

We took vacant land, which can be spaces of trauma and hazard, and created opportunity. Right here, in our neighborhood. We activate things that others devalue and throw away. We’re turning it into something. Something useful, meaningful, empowering and full of potential, peace and healing.