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Five ways to commemorate Earth Day in Chicago

Earth. (NASA photo.)

Happy Earth Day! Today is the 40th anniversary of the first hippie-inspired, national environmental consciousness raising in 1970. Here are a few things you can do to mark the day.

  1. Drink a Treetini.

    For every one of the $9 cocktails — blended frin VeeV Acai Spirit with fresh agave nectar, club soda, a splash of white cranberry juice, lime and mint — sold today at Prasino in LaGrange, VeeV and Live It Green will plant a tree in monsoon-ravaged Tamil Nadu, India. Along with your drink, you’ll also get a live evergreen tree seedling to plant in your own yard.

  2. Quaff some Green-Line Pale Ale.

    Available on draft only in Chicago, this new eco-friendly brew from Goose Island Beer is meant to to cut down on packaging waste and reduce impact from refrigerating and transporting beer. Its tap handles are made of wood reclaimed from ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer in Wilmette. Local restaurants and bars with beer on tap include: Bull & Bear in River North, Handlebar in Wicker Park, Matilda in Lakeview, the Paramount Room in River West and Wild Pug in Uptown, among others. Bull & Bear will be offering free eco-friendly menu tastings to Earth Day visitors.

  3. Visit the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

  4. Sow some seeds.

    Ben Pao in River North will offer diners plantable fortune cards in stead of fortune cookies. The recycled cards are embedded with wildflower seeds.

  5. Buy locally grown groceries.

    Green Grocer in West Town specializes in local and organic foods.