Saturday night is my last night living in a high-rise building, so I'm very excited for Earth Hour. (I'm not excited to move, but that's a whole different post.) Earth Hour is a global event where from 8:30 - 9:30 on Saturday night in whatever time zone you live in, people all over the world turn off their lights. It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million residents and 2,100 businesses switched off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour.
This year we have something extra to be excited about: Chicago is one of 17 cities in the entire world that was selected as a finalist in the Earth Hour City Challenge! The Earth Hour "jury" selects which cities they feel take extraordinary steps towards a 100 percent renewable future. Click here to vote for Chicago!
To celebrate Earth Hour there are a number of activities happening throughout the city tomorrow night. Here are a few:
Famous Chicago building participate in Earth Hour every year. While I don't have the entire list, the CNA building, the Wrigley building, 311 South Wacker, Wrigley Field and the Sears Tower (I will NEVER call it the Willis Tower!) have all agreed to turn off the lights.
Navy Pier will also be without light when they turn off the Ferris Wheel at 8:30 p.m. You can get a free cup of coffee or glass of pop at Harry Caray's if you bring in a reusable travel mugs.
Yuppies are yuppies even when the lights are off. Cityscape Bar will turn off the lights and offer froo froo organic cocktail specials during Earth Hour.
The Palmer House will turn off the lights and illuminate the historic lobby with candles, earth balloons (??) and "music in the dark" by Jazz Singer, Kimberly Gordon. Lockwood at The Palmer House Hilton and Potter's Lounge will offer more froo froo martinis, with with 50 percent of proceeds benefiting the World Wildlife Fund.