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Can you eat local for two weeks?

Illinois Fresh

Green City Market challenges you to eat local. During the market’s challenge period, Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sept. 23, participants sign a pledge to make a conscious effort to choose foods grown in Illinois, the adjoining states and Michigan. If you’re ever going to go the locavore route, now’s the time — the height of harvest season — when all of our region’s bounty is at its finest.

The challenge culminates with a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where locavores can enjoy prepared local foods and share recipes and information.

You can download the pledge form online or stop by the market’s Information Tent tomorrow or Wednesday, where you can also pick up a “locavore kit” with a list of stores carrying local foods.

A variety of Chicago-area restaurants aim to help you eat local, offering menu items made from local ingredients. The list includes Cafe 28 in Ravenswood, Lula Cafe in Logan Square, Bluprint and Naha in River North, North Pond in Lincoln Park, Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook and Vie in Western Springs, among others.