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We are taking our traditional summer hiatus and will be returning in mid-Fall to bring you the scoop on all things lean, green, and Chicago then.
Enjoy your summer!

Photo by Barbara Wiebel

Summer is the season for fest hopping in the city. With about 10 different street fairs taking place each weekend, it’s the perfect way to plan a day: ride your bike, grab a snack, purchase local goodies, people watch and listen to live music. The only drawback (besides scorching heat and sweaty fest goers) is that for veg heads like myself, it’s difficult finding ethical nosh.

Veggie Fest to the rescue!

This annual vegetarian fair combines the outdoor vending spirit with yummy animal-free feasting. Taking place next weekend, this is the one fair not to be missed by those who opt-out of meat and their loving supporters. We recommend gathering friends and car pooling to this event, unless you’re up for a loooong bike ride.

Photo by Barbara Weibel

What: Veggie Fest

When: Saturday, August 7th 11am-8pm

Sunday, August 8th 11am-7pm

Where: 4S175 Naperville Road, Naperville

Cost: Free!

apple-cider-vinegar

Summer is here! The sun is ablaze, the beaches and parks are swarming, and so are mosquitoes. If you’re looking for a safe, natural, and green alternative to traditional toxic bug sprays, look no further than Apple Cider Vinegar.

This wonderous liquid does more than add punch to a salad. When taken daily, the potent vinegar helps to repel female mosquitoes, leaving you to enjoy the beautiful summer nights bite free! It can also be added to your furry best friend’s food to keep away pests like ticks and fleas.

A teaspoon a day will keep the critters away!

Check out my favorite brand of organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Bragg’s.

To learn more about the many health benefits of ACV, like diabetes treatment, acne irridication, and weight management, check out this article.


sail boats

With school out and summer on its way, it’s the perfect time to connect with local  eco-organizations who are looking for enthusiastic volunteers. One such group is the Alliance for the Great Lakes, who is dedicated to protecting the fragile eco-system of our beloved Lake Michigan and beyond.

Thursday July 9th, the Alliance for the Great Lakes is hosting their annual sailing event.  This is a great way to spend a weekday while learning about the organization’s commitment to preserving the Great Lakes system.  Visit their website to register for the event,  and learn more about what they’re doing to save the lakes, and how you can help.

What: Alliance for the Great Lakes Annual Sailing Event

When: Thursday, July 9th, 2009 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, 20 Harbor Drive, Wilmette, Illinois

by Lydia Krupinski

Why in the world would I share this trade secret with you? Simple. Making clothing out of abandoned garments is not only easy, but a great way to add a personal  touch to your wardrobe, and FUN! This is a basic design that you’ll see throughout my Etsy site Pierogi Picnic, and one that can be catered to anyone’s tastes. So pull out those thrift tees and get cutting!

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