Chicago’s Green Festival


Now that green is mainstream, it seems like everyone is jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing. I’m thrilled that people are starting to realize how important it is to be environmentally friendly.

When people thinking about the phrase “going green,” the first thing that may come to mind is having to purchase new light bulbs or recycling paper products. But eating greener is another great way to help the environment! For example, you can throw a green party: Go Green with an Eco-Friendly Party! Or you can literally purchase eco-friendly appliances!

Chicago isn’t just throwing a Green party, though, my hometown is trying to spearhead this movement with a whole festival! On Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, Chicago will hosts the Green Festival at Navy Pier. Those in attendance can sample local healthy foods, organic beer and wine and a variety of vegetarian dishes. There is also a marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly exhibits. One really cool one is an organic food and gardening pavilion!

One speaker that I recommend you check out is include Uncommon Ground’s Helen Cameron with Dave Snyder on “Rooftops and Treetops: Urban Agriculture Projects Working Together.” Uncommon Ground is a restaurant in Roger’s Park, a northern part of Chicago. My sister is obsessed with it! It’s her new thing, so I’m sure this lecture will be very fascinating.

For those of us looking to learn a little there will be a multitude of talks by about 150 authors, leaders and educators. The kids can participate too! There will be how-to workshops and children’s activities.

If anyone attend the festival, let us know how it is. If you pick up any tips or eco-friendly recipes, submit them here!

In the meantime, here are some great GREEN dishes:

Tree Hugger’s Terrific Organic Vegetarian Chili

Organic Herb and Veggie Baked Chicken

Tofu and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Banana Soy Smoothie

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