Grow Your Own Tree This Summer

Grow Your Own Tree This Summer

Have you ever wished you could build something in Chicago that would last for years?

Have you recently gotten out of a long term relationship and now need to focus on something new?

Have you ever realized how boring you are after someone asked you what you do for fun and all you could think of was laughing at memes so you decided you need a new hobby?

We have the solution to your problem!

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is giving out free oak saplings to residents of Cook County. They have partnered with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to create the “Restore the Canopy” project. All you need to do is go to one of their pickup locations to get them. You can choose between individual pots or bulk bags – it all depends on your level of commitment.

Never planted a tree before? No need to worry! You will get all the instructions you need once you get there.

 

What is the MWRD?

The MWRD, also known as District, is responsible forprotecting the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improving the quality of water in watercourses in its service area, protecting businesses and homes from flood damages, and managing water as a vital resource for its service area”.

Besides “Restore the Canopy”, MWRD has several other projects – for instance they are responsible for “greenifying” schools in Chicago. So if you liked this initiative you should definitely go to their website and learn more about them. 

 

Why is MWRD doing this?

The goal is simple – restore the canopy! Besides making Chicago even prettier, oak trees provide lots of benefits to the environment. For example, they can reduce flooding, reduce air pollution and even provide protection from the wind.

 

How can I get them?

There are several pickup locations in Cook County. You can find them in Chicago at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) at 400 E. 130th St., Chicago. If you rely on public transportation, you can take Bus 34 to get there. To see other locations, access their website.

They distribute the samplings every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and go pick up your oak sapling! Make sure to take pictures and post them on Instagram to brag about your new environmentally responsible persona. Don’t forget to tag us with #ChicagoRises and #MyMWDRTree


 

Still have questions? You can call their public affairs office at (312) 751-6633 or send an email to public.affairs@mwrd.org.
Other important phone numbers:

  • Calumet WRP: (773) 256-3538
  • Small Stream Maintenance (report blockages/debris in streams): (312) 751-5106
  • Hazardous Waste Dump Hotline Illegal dumping of waste into waterways or sewers or complaints of water pollution: (800) 332-3867

 

Janell Lewis went from teaching ‘teddy bears’ to teaching ‘teachers’

Janell Lewis went from teaching ‘teddy bears’ to teaching ‘teachers’

21st Century Charter School teacher, Janell Lewis fulfills ‘life purpose” teaching students and teachers to “Be Great!”

 

While dozens of teachers have abandoned their mission to educate youth in Gary, Indiana, one South Side Chicago native is challenging students and teachers to be great in a community that thousands of people have left. The birthplace of pop idol Michael Jackson is now a place where hundreds of youth cannot leave and who aren’t sure if anyone will ever know their names.  

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Giving Thanks Chicago Style

Giving Thanks Chicago Style

What does Thanksgiving mean for you? Last night, I received a pleasant reminder on what Turkey day and everyday should mean. I was walking home after some holiday grocery shopping. When I was a couple of blocks away from home, I received a call from my front door intercom. I answered it and a strange voice asked for me.

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Noor Ahmed

Noor Ahmed

Up to the age of eleven years old, Noor had been moving from one refugee camp to another in Kenya. Originally from Somalia, his family had immigrated to many cities but was finally surprised with a new place to call home. They won a trip to settle in their new home, Chicago. This was an infamous prize in one of the refugee camps he resided in and only one family a year would get the chance to have such an opportunity. Today, twelve years later, Chicago is lucky enough to still call him one of their own.

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Lydell Smith

Lydell Smith

It was a Friday morning. I was on my way to the Union Station carrying two oversized bags for just a week in Michigan. I got an Uber because my weak privileged arms couldn’t carry my luggage on the CTA. With some last minute packing while rushing to my Uber, I wasn’t in the mood to chat it up. I wanted a silent drive that would balance my previous angst of trying to get ready in the last minute. However, Lydell Smith, my Uber driver complimented my shoes right when I got in. So I couldn’t resist throwing a compliment back about his neat coily hair-do. That exchange initiated the un-silent long conversation about life of course. Towards the end of the car ride I felt unsatisfied with the limited information and decided he was someone to know. Someone Chicago Rises needed to share. Therefore, we set up a day to meet up and get to the core of how he is a Chicagoan with a story.

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Q&A:Ted Weissberg ‘brings people together’with performing arts organization,Row Cypher Inc.

Q&A:Ted Weissberg ‘brings people together’with performing arts organization,Row Cypher Inc.

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Ted Weissberg
Founder of Row Cypher Inc. “Redefining Our World Cypher”

Roosevelt University  criminal justice student and spoken word artist, Ted Weissberg, is using performance arts as a way to “bring people together peacefully from different backgrounds” with Row Cypher Inc., an organization he founded in 2011.

Row Cypher, which stands for “Redefining Our World Cypher” hosts open mics, plays, concerts and offers services to schools and youth centers in Chicago.

Weissberg talks with Chicago Rises about how Row Cypher started out as a dorm room open mic on the campus of Roosevelt University, and grew into a performing arts organization.

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