Today we want to take some time and honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Here at 606 Movers, we acknowledge that we currently inhabit Indigenous land, land that was and continues to be the home of Indigenous peoples. Commonly known as Chicago, this area is the ancestral land of nations such as the Council of the Three Fires, comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo, and Illinois Nations.

While there is a long way to go, language plays an important part on how we move forward. Representation matters. It’s crucial that we acknowledge Indigenous communities here in the U.S. and across the world, especially those that have suffered disproportionally due to COVID-19 and those fighting on behalf of our environment.

By no means exhaustive, we’ve created a short guide to these issues so that we may all learn, grow, and continue to push for a better world, not just tomorrow but everyday. 

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First things first, land acknowledgement. Start by finding out whose ancestral land you’re living on. Then explore, listen, learn, and advocate for those communities when and wherever you can. 

 Information Resources 

National Congress of American Indians

 National Museum of the American Indian – Native Knowledge 360

American Library Association – Indigenous Tribes of Chicago 

The Newberry Library – American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Books

Non-Fiction 

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United State by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes

Shapes of Native Nonfiction, edited by Elissa Washuta & Theresa Warburton

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance

by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Fiction

There There by Tommy Orange

Sabrina & Corina: Storie by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Moon of the Crusted Snow: A Novel by Waubgeshig Rice

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, Richard Erdoes

Local Resources / Organizations

Chi-Nations Youth Council

American Indian Center of Chicago 

If it feels like summer ended too quickly, you’re probably right. COVID-19 has upended a lot of our plans but if you want to explore Chicago, you still have a chance. Fall is here and while it might be different than we’re used to, there are still plenty of things to do. Here at 606 Movers, we’ve put together a guide for fun and socially-distant fall activities and events. But be sure to always wear a mask, it’s how we protect ourselves, our communities, and Chicago. 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

If you love Fall as much as we do, then pumpkin patches are the highlight of the season. Start prepping for Halloween and Thanksgiving early. Some of these farms also have apple orchards, corn mazes, and tractor rides. It’s a great way to get out of the city and take in the beautiful changing leaves. Whichever pumpkin patch you go to, be sure to check their website and review their safety guidelines and protocols. 

Local favorites include: 

  1.  Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm & Garden Center
  1.  Didier Farms
  1.  Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm 

Explore a Hiking Trail 

If you’re eager to get out of the city but a pumpkin patch is not quite socially-distant enough, there are a wide range of hiking trails near Chicago to explore. While many may be familiar with Starved Rock, there are lesser known trails that should keep you occupied during these autumnal months. Also make sure to check their websites and review their safety guidelines and protocols. Here are just a few for you to check out:

  1. Starved Rock State Park 
  1. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve 
  1. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
  1. Morton Arboretum

Catch this years Music Box Horror Movie Fest

While past iterations of this Horror movie fest have taken place inside the Music Box’s theater on Southport, our new reality has forced them to make changes to the venue, a creative change at that. This year, they’ve partnered with Pilsen’s Chi-Town Movies Drive-In for nightly screenings throughout the month of October. They’ll feature both obscure and mainstream films so be sure to check out their full line up on their website. And for all our Latinos out there, we’re happy to say that La LLorona does make an appearance!

*The Music Box of Horrors at the Drive-In

Have a Picnic at Your Local Park

If you’re eager to get out of your home but still want to stay safe, consider a picnic. Support your favorite restaurant and dine out at our local park. Take advantage of the pleasant October weather while we have it!

The Flowers of Monet Exhibit at Garfield Park

Head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory for the The Flowers of Monet exhibit. This exhibit is a special presentation in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and features flowers inspired by Claude Monet and his work. It will run until October 31st so head out and be inspired. 

*The Flowers of Monet Exhibit 

Catch a Show at the Hideout, Virtually 

If you were an avid concert-goer before COVID-19, there are still ways you can support this community even now. The Hideout, a beloved music and entertainment venue, has shifted to streaming. While no one knows when venues will open up again, consider supporting the Hideout, local artists, and the Chicago live music scene from home. Tune in and let’s dream about the great shows still to come!

*The Hideout