Urban Gardening in Andersonville, Chicago

peonyAh… yes, spring comes early to the lakefront neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago. The daffodils are already blooming in some areas, and the tulips are at least showing their green. Reminds me that I need to tend to my urban gardens to prepare them for a show in the summer. It’s time to cut down all the dead stuff from last year, rake it out, spread some mushroom mulch. Chicago Botanic Gardens has an April checklist of steps to prepare your gardens.

Time to get those clay pots out of the garage and plant them with spring annuals that can tolerate alternating cold and warmth. And then there are the perennials. I love how Kelly describes the charm of perennials. They come back every year, even if you don’t remember where you planted them.

And then there’s the lawn furniture and barbeques. Time to dust off the table and chairs, get out the cushions, and give that barbeque grill a wire brushing. And don’t forget to invite me to that garden party.

Budlong Woods Chicago Neighborhood

Are you looking for a neighborhood that truly feels œsuburban where the real estate and lot sizes are large, homes are spacious, and are far apart?  Do you like mid century architecture?   Well look to Budlong Woods.

Located a few blocks north of Foster and all the way to Bryn Mawr, and west of California all the way to the river, this community is a great place for recreation and to raise a family.   Schools are excellent with Northside Prep High School in walking distance, as are St. Hilary™s, Jamieson elementary and others. There are extensive bike trails and recreational ball fields, places for picknicking at River and Legion Parks.   There is a lovely outdoor pool at River Park, and splash pool for the kiddies.

The local Galter Life Center, a world class facility, provides health and recreation spaces and services, including swimming pools, weight rooms, running track, yoga and pilates studios and classes and much more.

Traffic thru the area is limited, as the east and west streets dead end at the River.   For shoppers, there are Lincoln Village and Lincoln Town mall close by.   Oh by the way, I have a listing at 5415 N Francisco that is a gem. A 3600 square foot corner home with tons of windows, 5 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths, main floor family room, living room with fireplace, dining room, and large lower level recreation room with fireplace. Great home with lots of space of entertaining, work at home arrangements, relaxing, playing pool, foosball etc.

Wonder how the area got the name Budlong Woods? The local cucumber farms in the area in the 1800™s led to the Budlong Pickle Company.   Ever had a Budlong pickle?

Contact  Maggie Finegan at 773-502-1673 for more information.