Chicago Green Scene - Earth Day Events & Festivals

There are some great events going on around Chicago this month in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Some of these are free to the public and provide fun & interactive learning activities for all ages. 

I strongly encourage you to attend at least one event this month where you and your family can learn more about how to make Earth Day every day! And the Chicago Green Girl will be preaching in person at one of them...
THE BIG THAW 
James Simpson Theatre at The Field Museum 
Tuesday, April 13th at 7: 30pm 
In the final presentation of the 2009-2010 National Geographic Live Speaker Series, photographer and geologist James Balog will discuss his work where he documented for National Geographic the rapid changes in the Earth's glaciers. Tickets are $24.00 each and can be purchased here

CHICAGO'S GREEN FAMILY FESTIVAL 
Chicago's Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago)
Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th
Brought to you by The Green Parents Network, this event is filled with local green vendors, workshops, locally sourced food and even a farmer's market with live animals! Admission is only $5.00, but if you bring a canned good for donation to their food drive you can get in free. And there is free parking to boot! For more information go to greenfamilyfestivals.com


ChicaGO GREEN
Lincoln Park Zoo
Saturday, April 17th & Sunday, April 18th from 10am - 5pm

Learn how your family can become a
little bit "greener," reduce your carbon footprint and participate in
environmentally friendly activities at ChicaGO Green. Representatives of public, private and non-profit sectors will
showcase educational information and activities. Learn the power of solar
energy, see the Project Runway-style
fashion of recyclables, and enjoy organic food and beverages
from concessions. 

This event is also free to the public and I will be attending on behalf of Ecominders. We will be there to educate people on how they can easily go green and save green. ChicaGo Green is a great way to spend the day with your family, learning about how you can make this planet better for your family! Go to begreeninchicago.com for more information about ChicaGO Green. 

ADVENTURES IN RECYCLING 
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 
Wednesday, April 21 from 9:30am - 10:30am 
I think that we could all use a little help in the recycling area (it would be great if the City of Chicago could attend this workshop too!) and this class provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how to recycle while having some fun with it! This workshop is open to all ages and costs $15 for non-members and $12 for members. For more information go to naturemuseum.org. You can also celebrate Earth Day at the museum on Thursday, April 22nd. 

GO GREEN'S 3RD ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT
Flair Tower
EARTH DAY - Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00pm 
This event aims to mix education and celebration at Chicago's newest LEED certified residential building Flair Tower. It will kick-off at 5:00pm with an educational mixer with green industry leaders, hosted by NBC Chicago/Green is Universal host Ginger Zee. The celebration begins at 6:00pm, with eco-friendly drinks, delicious food from local restaurants and great music. 
Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, which includes food and drink.  Learn about ways to help the planet while eating and drinking, now that sounds like my kind of party! Count me in...And if you needed any more incentive to come, 100% of all ticket sales are being donated to Camp of Dreams. Learn more about the event and buy advance tickets at gogreenmanagement.com




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  • There will be an Eco Craft Fair put on by St. Tarcissus's "Green Team" this weekend! It will be at St. Tarcissus (6040 West Ardmore Avenue in Chicago) on Saturday the 10th from 10:00 - 4:00. There will be vendors and speakers, all with a "green" theme (think sustainable and recycled goods and talks about how to make a smaller ecological footprint). I'm just a really excited vendor and want the word to get out so people in this great city don't miss out :)

  • These all sound like great events! For people looking for a one-stop green website, check out www.greenhome.com . Green Home is an awesome company that's giving away hundreds of products for Earth Day! I just had to tell them in 250 words or less how I went green in the last year- reusable bags and public transit! I also found a bunch of cool new products I didn't even know about at really low prices. I thought other green people need to know about this!

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