The 46th annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival NEEDS YOU

The 46th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival will be held July 19-20. For many, this event is the best way to meet your neighbors and learn how the Sheffield neighborhood functions. The easiest way to become involved is to volunteer for a couple of hours to serve beverages, staff gates, assist in Kids Corner or guide architectural tours. Regardless of which you choose, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun. Consider volunteering with your friends or family and work the same shift together.  Your efforts will help the Sheffield Neighborhood Association raise money to fund the charitable and service projects in the neighborhood.

Did you know that the Sheffield neighborhood boasts four Chicago landmark districts and that a portion of the neighborhood is part of a National Historic District? So it is no surprise that a perennially popular activity during the Garden Walk are the architectural tours guided by volunteers trained by Polly Kelly, a long-time resident and a former docent for the Chicago Architectural Foundation. Learn more about your neighborhood and give a guided tour. We have a strong need for architectural tour guides this year. You will receive training from our architectural tour manager, Polly Kelly. If you are interested, please contact Polly at jpk2200@sbcglobal.net.

Over the last 20 years, more than $400,000 of the Garden Walk proceeds has enabled substantial renovations to Trebes Park and Clover Playlot. SNA was the first to pay for and install a wrought iron fence around a public park in the city. Additional improvements in the parks have included playground equipment, benches, lighting and the award-winning perennial garden at Trebes Park. All of these improvements were made possible by the Garden Walk and the efforts of our volunteers.

For several years, many visitors to the Sheffield neighborhood have noticed the colorful sidewalk planters along Halsted, Armitage, Webster, and Clybourn during the summer as well as during the winter. The installation, planting, and maintenance of these planters was funded with Garden Walk proceeds.

Oscar Mayer School, St. James School, St. Josaphat’s School, and Lincoln Park High School, as well as more than 10 other Lincoln Park charities and service organizations, are annual beneficiaries of profits derived from the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival. Since 2000, over $250,000 has been donated to these organizations.

If you want to be involved in the Garden Walk, please contact Hilliary Szanto, our Volunteer Coordinator at  hszanto@gmail.com.  Please join us!

Laury Lewis and Richard Ashbeck are Co-Chairmen of the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival.