Chicago's Green Festival 2012: A Preview.

Chicago's Green Festival 2012: A Preview.

Chicago, Friday, May 4, 2012. When Kermit the Frog laments that “it’s not that easy being green”, don’t listen. Instead, head to Chicago’s Navy Pier for this weekend’s Green Festival where you’ll learn all you need to know about being green.

The Green Festival is a joint project of Green America and Global Exchange whose commitment is to environmental sustainability, green living and social justice using Green America’s green business standards. The Festival is in its eleven-year nationwide, having informed over one-million attendees in eight cities to green alternatives.

This year’s Chicago Green Festival event is expected to draw more than 30,000 people with a passion for green living and enthusiasm for learning about sustainable products and services.  Here’s what to expect.

Marketplace.
In the center of the Festival is a unique marketplace featuring more than 350 vendors.  The Green Festival Chicago exhibitors will showcase the best, newest, most eco-friendly family products on the market from food to toys to clothing.

Keynote speakers.
Speakers at the Green Festival include: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Van Jones, Reed Alexander, Laura Flanders, Naomi Davis, Bianca Alexander, Karyn Calabrese, Jeffrey Smith, Amy Goodman, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Greg Palast.

Highlights.

  • The Good Food Stage invites participants to view cooking demos by leading local chefs and attendees can enjoy a snack from many of the vegan and vegetarian local and organic food vendors.
  • Ford Ride and Drive opportunities.
  • Do-It-Yourself Workshops.
  • A Green Kid’s Zone where kids can participate in hands-on activities including arts and crafts using re-purposed materials.
  • The Green Business Pavilion featuring information on Green Jobs and Careers and Green Investing.
  • A Wine Pavilion where guests can imbibe organic Beer, Mead and Wine.
  • A Fair Trade Pavilion.
  • A Community Action Pavilion.
  • Green Films.
  • Roving acoustic musicians.
  • An Eco-Fashion Show produced by Bianca Alexander & Michael Alexander of Conscious Living TV.

Where.

Navy Pier, Hall A: 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago.

When.

Saturday, May 5, 2012: 12p.m. to 8p.m. and Sunday, May 6, 2012: 11a.m. to 7p.m.

Tickets.

Tickets to the Green Festival are $15- 25 when purchased at the event door, discounts given when purchased in advance, reduced admission for seniors. Free admission for those who ride a bike to the event and park with the bike valet, as well as youth under eighteen and union members with valid identification, Green America and Global Exchange members, Sierra  Club members with membership card and volunteers.

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