Winthrop Heritage Garden

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Learn more about the history of the 4600 Winthrop block on Compass Rose.org

The Winthrop Heritage Garden was established in 2009 to celebrate the families who helped found Uptown’s rich cultural diversity, while also providing a green space in one of Chicago’s most densely populated neighborhoods.

Chicago’s Uptown is known for its rich, dynamic history and its mingling of cultures and customs. However, pre-World War II land convenants and legal segregation listed the 4600 block of Winthrop Avenue as Uptown’s only block where African Americans could live. Despite this, the neighbors developed tight-knit relationships. Although only one resident from those decades remain, the result was a large extended family that still gathers and refers to themselves as the Winthrop Avenue Family.

In the mid-2000s, the idea of transforming several vacant parcels of land into a community greenspace on the narrow 4600 block of Winthrop took shape and was dedicated in the Fall of 2009.