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Get a Glimpse of Native Ecology in Chicago Exhibit

Photo by Veronica Hinke, USDA Forest Service

Native Illinois prairie plants on loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, in Wilmington, will be exhibited through January 11 as Unraveling Modern Living, by Mexico City-based Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. It’s all part of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial at the historic Madlener House.  Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, excluding holidays.

The seeds and plants represent three prairie habitat types: wet, dry and mesic. Wet: brown fox sedge; prairie sundrop; dark green bulrush; Culver’s root; and swamp milkweed. Dry: glade onion; side-oats grama; pale purple coneflower; porcupine grass; and marbleseed. Mesic: big bluestem; golden alexander; prairie dropseed; blue-eyed grass; and Ohio spiderwort.

These are just a few of the more than 275 different species of native Illinois prairie plants that volunteers, partners and staff are working with at Midewin—3,000 acres of land that was once the Joliet Army Arsenal, now undergoing active restoration and enhancement.

Location: 4 W. Burton Place, Chicago. For more information, call 312-787-4071 or email [email protected].