Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup

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They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the Hull-House Museum is providing just that at the historic Residents’ Dining Hall next door. The dining hall was once the meeting place for social reformers like: Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B Duboise and Gertrude Stein.

Building on the legacy of Jane Addams, every Tuesday from noon until 1:30PM it is the meeting place for today’s crop of reformers, during the kitchen’s ‘Re-thinking Soup’ event. Re-thinking Soup centers around critical food issues that face many in our society and finding peaceful strategies for sustainable living.

The day I attended the people from City Farm where there to showcase the Green Box and demonstrate how people can grow some of their own food in small spaces in our urban environment. An impromptu potting workshop even broke out after the talk. At the end of the lunch, Ryan , the farm director for the Hull-House Urban Heirloom Farm even brought free plants that people were invited to take home and plant.

Re-thinking Soup is free and open to anyone with a desire to discuss social issues and have healthy soup and bread. The Hull-House Museum is located at 800 S. Halsted on the UIC campus and easily accessible via public transit. The Halsted bus, the Blue Line and the #60 Blue Island bus from the loop will leave you steps away from the Hull-House Museum.


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  • I was just talking to my daughter about the local food movement and urban farming, hope to see a continued interest in both.

  • In reply to OhioMom:

    Hi OhioMom,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm enjoying your posts about your rooftop gardening/farming. Keep up the good work. You make we wish I lived in a house with a flat roof.

  • You get to do such cool stuff! It's great to hear about this. Being raised by socially-conscious parents in the 1960's who were (sub)urban organic farmers as soon as they bought their first house I'm sure I would have thoroughly enjoyed the topic. My parents are still growing their own food, now in their retirement home in SW Wisconsin in an eclectic and active community of like-minded people.

    I have a veggie bed for the first time since moving here a few years ago. I'm overjoyed to have annexed a small (barely) full sun side yard for my small raised bed. It's really amazing how much food you can grow in a small space using containers and/or a small, efficiently-planted raised bed.

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