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The Green Festival comes to Chicago May 22 and 23

Green Festival by Blake Lenoir

Learn to live and eat greener Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, when Chicago hosts the Green Festival at Navy Pier. The event offers local healthy foods, organic beer and wine, vegetarian cuisine and a marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly exhibits, including an organic food and gardening pavilion, along with talks by some 150 authors, leaders and educators, how-to workshops and activities for kids. Tickets are $10 to $15; $5 off for seniors 62 and over, public transit riders with transfer or pass and union members; free for students or if you bike to the Pier.

Speakers include Uncommon Ground’s Helen Cameron with Dave Snyder on “Rooftops and Treetops: Urban Agriculture Projects Working Together”; Julia Govis, Ken Dunn, Pamela Martin, Esther Bowen and Elspeth McGarvey on “Envisioning a Sustainable and Robust Food System for the Chicago Region”; Martha Boyd with members of the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Group on “Backyard Chickens: Tips & Tales from Chicago Chicken Keepers”; Michael Oshman on “Dining Green Every Day”; Ben Shaberman with “The Vegan Monologues”; Rod Rotondi on “Every Bite Counts — A Culinary Manifesto”; Bianca Alexander on “A Growing Solution to the Food Desert Crisis”; Tracye McQuirter on “Get Healthy, Hippy and Happy By Any Greens Necessary”; Dr. Alan Greene on “Surprising Ways that Today’s Food Choices Affect Our Future”; Andrew Korfhage on “My Week on a Fair Trade Rice Farm”; Niki Lagos on “Fair Trade Chocolate: A Divine Idea”; and Barbara Burdette on “Change With Chocolate: A Sweet Way to Make a Difference.”