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Famed Chicago chocolatier Vosges Haut Chocolate and organic skincare brand La Bella Figura are teaming up to bring local eco-verts an evening of cocoa indulgence and beauty insights.

Join other Chicagoans on Wednesday, October 12th for free tastings, biodynamic wine and skincare samples. Get their early as this mid-week shin dig will be sure to get crowded fast!

What: Organic Extravagance at Vosges

Where: 951 West Armitage, Lincoln Park

When: Wednesday, October 12th from 6-9pm

Cost: Free!

If you manage to get a head start on your taxes, and have the weekend of April 16th to get out of the house, then consider hitting up the urban-focused Green Metropolis Fair at the Irish Heritage Museum! This fest celebrating sustainability and city living will feature screenings of the films Dirt! The Movie and Vanishing of the Bees. In addition, a promising lineup of local vendors, including our pals Green Genes and Fair Earth, will be there promoting their goods and organizations.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and Chicago!

What: Green Metropolis Fair

When: Saturday, April 16th 10am-4pm

Where: 4626 N. Knox, Chicago

Cost: Free! But canned food donation recommended.

 

November is here! My birthday month arrives with a crisp chill in the air and my favorite holiday in the distance. November also marks the ‘official’ or maybe unofficial beginning of the holiday season. So to give you a head start on things happening in Chi Town this month, we’ve compiled some of our favorite suggestions for what to do with your schedule before it goes totally mad!

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It’s no secret that the Taste of Chicago is one of the most attended festivals that takes place in the city. In Sprout Chicago fashion, we filtered through all of the booths to bring you the following list – but were unexpectadly dismayed. Some of last year’s staples, like Soul Veg East and Arya Bhavan, are not participating!

Our advice – skip the event all together, and take that money directly to some of Chicago’s finest vegetarian restaurants. You can find a great list of our recommendations on our ‘Links’ page, or check out Veg Guide for an international list of veg-friendly dining.

And if you can’t possibly forfeit your Taste trip – we have one recommendation:

(# 17) Summer Noodle & Rice

I’m a little biased when it comes to this place because it is just one block away from my abode – but that means that I’ve tediously pre-screened their fare and can safely give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. This is one of the few booths that is offering a vegetarian platter on its Taste menu. So if you’re looking for one plate with a variety of goods – hit up their booth for fresh Thai.

Photo from the Green Festival website

We’ve been waiting for this – the moment when the Green Festival rolls into town!

This weekend we will be attending the eco-extravaganza that is hailed as one of the top green events to hit Chicago. Last year we learned about conscious non-profits, scoped out some fun vegan tees and jewelry, loaded up on holistic body care samples, and tasted some incredible local cuisine.

The event is also sprinkled with children’s activities, green-living workshops, presentations, and more! Check out A Fresh Squeeze’s Insiders Guide” before heading out and print out a free pass!

What: Green Festival

Where: Navy Pier

When: Saturday, May 22nd 10-7 and Sunday, May 23rd 11-6

Cost: $10 or free if you ride your bike!

Posted by Lydia Krupinski

It’s almost impossible to find a comprehensive guide to Earth Day events – so we thought – hey! Why don’t we put one together!

Scroll through some of the exciting things happening around the city the Earth Day week, and let us know if you have an event you’d like us to add! Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Lydia Krupinski

Here at Sprout we are stoked about the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. As we’re scouring the web for events celebrating this consciousness-raising holiday we have found that in Chicago, Earth Day really is every day!

Here are some happenings scheduled for this weekend:

Green Gene’s  Anniversary Celebration Come celebrate one of our favorite nook’s 2nd anniversary! All weekend this sweet sustainable shop in Andersonville will be hosting presentations, discussions, and eco-crafting demos as they celebrate two years of  sustainable business. From story-telling and block building  to vermiculture and local artists, this event will have something for eco verts of all ages!

Why It’s Green: Hosted by a green business, features local vendors, sustainable demos

Where: 5111 North Clark Street Chicago

When: Saturday, April 10th 10am-8pm; Sunday April 11th 12-4pm

Cost: Free! Read the rest of this entry »