Field Museum showcases health benefits of Chicago gardens

Plants shape Chicago’s communities, from spices and food crops in gardens to teas and herbal remedies on the shelves of local pharmacies. (Paul Bick/Field Museum)

By Shivani Majmudar
Medill Reports

Among skyscrapers and industry, another landscape designs Chicago’s urban footprint: community gardens. Tucked away in many of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, each holds its own cultural significance.

Plants offer immigrants and refugees a way to maintain their cultural identity through familiar culinary and medicinal practices. Meet the people cultivating gardens and community health through the Field Museum’s newest exhibit, “Plant Medicine.”

Shivani Majmudar covers health disparities, science and policy at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter @spmajmudarr