Archive | April, 2017

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day at Rainbow Beach Dunes

16 Apr


Our next workday is on Saturday April 22 from 9am-12pm (note the earlier start time) in partnership with Friends of the Parks Earth Day 2017! Other Chicagoans throughout the city will be participating by cleaning up their favorite parks at the same time. 

So that we can be sure to have enough supplies and cool t-shirts for you, if you plan to attend on 4/22 YOU MUST REGISTER HERE. We plan to get started on pulling the invasive cheat grass (Bromus tectrorum), take a nature walk, and clean up trash in the nature area.


Don’t want to work in the nature area but still want to come to Rainbow for Earth Day?
Then I encourage you to join the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council for their Earth Day beach cleanup on the same day! Please register here for that event.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to do good in the community with others from around the city.

Remember to prepare for the weather and terrain: there is no shade in the hilly, uneven dunes area, so wear sturdy shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Tools, training, and snacks will be provided. Contact stewards Alison Anastasio ( or Jen Raber ( with questions.
Rainbow Beach Park runs parallel to South Shore Drive from 75th-79th Streets.
  • By foot, walk east from South Shore Dr. on 77th St.
  • By car, you can only access the park at the southern end.
  • From the north/west, follow Hwy 41 east as it splits from South Shore Drive at 79th St. Turn left into the park at Farragut.
  • From the south, follow Hwy 41 north and turn right on Farragut, just before the intersection of 79th/South Shore.
  • Once in the park, go past the stop sign and water filtration plant and turn right at the next opportunity, into the parking lot before the Fieldhouse.
  • Go to the end of the parking lot closest to the Nature Area. Meet at the banner!
Find directions and a map here.
*Mark your calendar*
  • May 27 2017
  • June 24 2017
  • July 22 2017
  • August 26 2017
  • September 23 2017
  • October 28 2017

Follow up: March 25 workday

2 Apr

A small but resilient group of volunteers collected 8 bags-full of trash on a windy and cold Saturday morning. Thank you for your dedication to RBD!

We also saw a juvenile bald eagle get harassed by gulls, lots of overwintering praying mantis egg cases, and a dead coyote.
Not much is blooming, but rosettes of the biennial beach wormwood (Artemisia campestris caudata) are definitely getting a headstart on the growing season!

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