AT:Chicago Reader Leah wrote to say: "On the garden tip, I thought I'd send you this link to a great program that allows all of us apartment dwellers to garden who don't actually have the space to garden!"
NeighborSpace works to purchase and protect community gardens, many of which were once vacant lots. They focus on parcels where neighborhood groups have already established gardens or parks. By working with governmental agencies, private and public partners and non-profits, they aim to "preserve the beauty and legacy of community gardens in Chicago".
So, as Leah suggests, if you are a gardener with out a garden, you and NeighborSpace may be a perfect match! Volunteer info is here.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.14.06)