National Forest Foundation

A Night for Midewin

Join us!

Join the National Forest Foundation and the Wetlands Initiative for a community night to support Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

The night will kick off with a specially crafted small-bites menu and drinks at City Winery in Chicago. Throughout the evening guests can test their luck at our raffle and an exciting game of Midewin Pub Trivia.

City Winery Chicago • 1200 W. Randolph

Thursday, July 18

6:00-8:30 PM


  • $45 per person
  • $80 for two people
  • $40 for each additional guest

We are thrilled to announce Mike Nowak of the Mike Nowak Show with us as emcee for the evening!

Join us for a one of a kind trivia experience while learning more about this amazing treasured landscape.

Impact at Midewin

After two centuries of sustained agricultural, industrial and residential development, the sweeping vistas that greeted early settlers to northern Illinois – vast tallgrass prairies dotted with bison, drained by meandering prairie creeks, and home to an impossible diversity of plants and animals – are today rarer than rainforests, making up much less than 1% of the Prairie State.

An hour from Chicago in Will County, Illinois, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (Midewin) represents the best chance in the region to restore the full array of species typical of a tallgrass prairie, one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems on Earth.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the Wetlands Initiative (TWI) are leading an effort to return Midewin back to a thriving tallgrass prairie. Our multi-year scope of work includes managing invasive vegetation, replanting native grasses and wildflowers, and removing infrastructure from Midewin’s past use as a U.S. Army arsenal. Since the start of this exciting project we have treated hundreds of acres, replacing invasive plants with native tallgrass prairie species and removing 21 old ammunition storage bunkers.


The National Forest Foundation is thrilled to work with the below-listed partners to achieve our restoration goals at Midewin.

  • Audubon Society (IL)
  • Chicago Botanical Garden
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Forest Preserve District of Will County
  • Midewin Alliance
  • Midewin Heritage Association
  • Openlands
  • Sierra Club
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Wetlands Initiative**
  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

Come meet some of the faces behinds these wonderful organizations working to restore this incredible ecosystem!

**Our wonderful co-hosts for this event

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