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Get Glowing: Bars go energy efficient tomorrow night

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Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

Always careful never to stumble into bad lighting, I wholly approve of any excuse to flip the switch altogether in favor of candlelight's ever-flattering glow. That's why Earth Hour (tomorrow night from 8:30 to 9:30) is my favorite newish holiday. 

The Palmer House Hilton is staging possibly the most tempting Earth Hour extravaganza in Chicago, lighting 1,200 candles in its gilded lobby at the appointed moment and serving drinks with glow-in-the-dark ice cubes. If you're in the market to seduce someone, I highly recommend it.

To see the rest of the Chicago skyline sans its usual twinkle (because for all its grandeur, the Palmer House is pretty much a windowless setting), head to a hotel bar with a view.

C-View at the Affinia is doing the candle thing, too, and offering three Earth Hour-themed specialty cocktails for $10 each. At Cityscape Bar (top of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza), organic specialty cocktails are just $4, and there's a complimentary (also organic) veggie and cheese buffet from 8 to 9. 

P.S. In unrelated news, my friend Kevin and I stopped by Corcoran's in Old Town last night, lured off the sidewalk by the promise of $1 mini cheeseburgers. A note about the mini cheeseburgers: they're not that mini. They're also not that great. Next time I'd spring for the $8.75 "real" burger, which comes with the luxury of a tomato slice.  

But, I sure do like those cozy green Corcoran's booths, and the Kentucky game was playing on the TV nearest us (go Cats). People were wearing non-designer denim and conducting casual conversations at reasonable volumes. Speaking of our pretty little planet, I hadn't felt so down to earth in weeks.  

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