About Gather

Thursday, October 17, 2019
7 p.m.
Salvage One
1840 W. Hubbard Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622

A meaningful symbol at I Grow Chicago is that of the hummingbird, rooted in an ancient Quechuan parable. One day, a forest fire broke out, causing all the animals to feel helpless. A hummingbird began to swoop into a stream, pick up water, and drop it on the fire, returning again and again. And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?” And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing what I can.”

I Grow Chicago is rooted in the power of people coming together and sharing their experiences. Join the Associate Board of I Grow Chicago for the Third Annual I Grow Chicago Gather Gala on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Salvage One! This unique event will bring together individuals and businesses from all across Chicago, doing what they can to help empower the residents of Englewood that I Grow Chicago serves.

About I Grow Chicago

I Grow Chicago is a small grassroots organization comprised of Englewood community residents and partners wanting to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Our mission is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity.

Once abandoned and up for demolition, the Peace House now serves as a community center with events, after-school tutoring, summer camp, community yoga classes, Peace Garden, and a food and donation pantry. Nearly 15 different programs assist every generation of West Englewood with every aspect of their lives, from learning to take a deep breath before reacting to learning how to use computers. Since the Peace House opened, what was previously one of the most dangerous blocks in West Englewood has become a symbol of hope and transformation. 100% of our programs are run by community members and volunteers. 

 All our programs combat the isolation and trauma that come with violence and poverty.