Chicago Resources for Your Summer Garden

Chicago soil may not be the best…but we make up for it in other resources! Many of our plant shops and neighborhood associations are active and taking the necessary precautions to safely supply you with what you need to start your summer garden. From our activities-filled newsletter for families to a free container gardening class, from local seed shares to your best supplier for the beautiful Çekirdeği Oyalı seed, we think this list has you covered.


Local Groups

Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Chicago Community Gardeners Association

Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Chicago Tool Library

Free Seed Share (pickup only)

NeighborSpace

Virtual Veggie Bingo Night (min $10 donation, but you can win prizes!)


Local Seedling Sales

444 W. Chicago Ave.

  • Online order by Wednesday, May 13th
  • Contactless Pickup on Saturday, May 16th

2833 W Chicago Ave

  • Online Order Temporarily Closed
  • Contactless Pickup
  • Limited Delivery Options

5500 N Western Ave

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup
  • Limited Delivery Options

4110 N Elston Ave

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup
  • Limited Delivery Options

103 W Washington St (West Chicago)

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup on Saturday, May 16th

300 N Central Park Ave

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup

32400 Harris Road (Grayslake)

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup
  • Limited Delivery Options

5621 W 31st Street (Cicero)

  • Online order
  • Contactless Pickup

1026 S Cuyler Ave (Oak Park)

  • Online order
  • Pickup

9000 S Mackinaw Ave

  • Pickup on Saturday, May 30th

3555 Ogden Ave

  • Pickup on Saturday, May 16th 11AM-4PM

Seed Catalogs

100% employee owned.

ME

14-18 day delay

  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Organic
  • Heirloom
  • OP
  • Hybrid
  • Enhanced

Specializes in rare heirloom seeds.

MO

7 day delay

  • Non-GMO
  • Heirloom
  • OP

Coop.

ME

14 day delay

  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Organic
  • Heirloom
  • OP

Specializes in Asian vegetable seeds.

CA

7-10 day delay

  • Non-GMO

Coop.

VA

10 day delay

  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Organic
  • Heirloom
  • OP

Farm-based seed company.

PA

5-10 day delay, shop open on weekends

  • Non-GMO
  • OP

Specialize in Turkish/Anatolian heirloom seeds.

WV

10 day delay

  • Non-GMO
  • Heirloom

Family-run organic seed farm.

WA

14 day delay, shop open on weekends

  • Non-GMO
  • Certified Organic
  • Heirloom
  • OP

Local Learning

Grow Greater Englewood

Free

City Grange

Free

Conservation Foundation

Free

Illinois Extension

Free – $25

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Free

Plant Chicago

Free – $35