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Chicago restaurants flipping the switch for Earth Hour

Earth. (NASA photo.)

Dine in the dark and show you care about the planet. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, local restaurants and bars will turn out the lights and serve by candlelight in observation of Earth Hour, an international movement of concern about global climate change.

Chicagoland restaurants that will be turning off their lights include:

  • Big Bowl, River North, Gold Coast, Lincolnshire and Schaumburg.
  • Brasserie Jo, River North.
  • Chens Chinese and Sushi, Wrigleyville.
  • Cityscape Bar, River North, offers views of the dimming skyline dim and specialty organic drinks for $4, including the pear fizz with Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka, muddled organic pear and sparkling cider; plus a complimentary buffet from 8 to 9 p.m. featuring organic and locally grown vegetables and cheeses.
  • Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen, Crystal Lake, will serve a candlelit dinner including a free raw appetizer with purchase of any beverage, and free soup or salad with any entree. Drink specials feature, too.
  • Koi, Evanston.
  • La Madia, River North.
  • Osteria Via Stato, River North. Along with observing the candlelit hour, the restaurant will take 20 percent off carryout orders for patrons who bring in their own reusable bags on March 27.
  • Red Kiva, West Loop, serves the GoGreenTini, a green-hued libation of Absolut Vanilla vodka, Sour Apple Pucker and a splash of sweet and sour, topped with a cherry ($12).
  • The Redhead, River North, will switch off its iconic outdoor sign and donate $5 from every “Lights Out” cocktail to the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Uncommon Ground, Edgewater, will follow the hour with music from Las Guitarras De Espana.