July 30th is officially The International Day of Friendship and a prime opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of friendship across Chicago. In 2011, the United Nations proclaimed this day as International Day of Friendship by the UN General Assembly with the idea that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.” Whether you’re in Rogers Park, The Gold Coast, or another Chicago neighborhood, here are some ideas on sharing in this spirit of community on July 30th and beyond.
Volunteering helps others in need, and there are proven mental health and stress reduction benefits for the volunteer. Celebrate International Friendship Day by supporting community organizations while you enjoy the reciprocal benefits. Volunteer Match is one organization that helps volunteers find opportunities that fit their schedules and interests. Even better, grab a friend and volunteer together!
Be a Good Neighbor
In addition to simply being kind and courteous to your fellow residents, being a good neighbor can mean patronizing a local small business, joining neighborhood committees, and getting involved in community organizations. Rogers Park Business Alliance offers an in-depth guide to all the neighborhood has to offer, and the Gold Coast Neighbors Association provides advocacy, events, and community forums.
Support a Community Garden
Hundreds of community gardens in Chicago help beautify our urban landscape, give neighbors a chance to connect, and even provide fresh produce. Chicago Community Gardeners Association is an excellent resource for people looking to get more involved, learn about urban gardening, and meet like-minded new friends. In Rogers Park, Goldberg Gardens and Morse Ave. Circles are two ornamental gardens that frequently have volunteer opportunities for residents.
Explore New Cultures
While there are so many opportunities to celebrate friendship right outside your door, journeying to a different neighborhood to experience another community can honor the original intent of the International Day of Friendship. Amid Chicago’s rich cultural diversity, there is no shortage of events, celebrations, and festivals that offer the chance to experience the people, music, food, arts, and history of myriad global backgrounds.
Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Condé Nast Traveler voted Chicago the “Best Big City in the U.S.” six straight years in a row for good reason! Exploring our wonderful city can help deepen your understanding of and appreciation for its various people and communities. Visitors’ guides and tourist sites offer ideas to see Chicago through a tourist’s eyes, and you may be surprised how much you learn about the city, even if you’re a native Chicagoan. Tourist activities can also be a fun way to spend time with the friends you already have.
We’re proud to be part of the Chicago community and are committed to honoring friendship between neighbors, cultures, and countries. On this International Day of Friendship, we thank you for being part of the TAWANI Property Management family.