Monday, April 21, 2008

Chicago Earth Day Events

Chicago Earth Day Events

Green Apple Festival
April 20th, 2008
Lincoln Park Zoo
Free Admission
10:30 am,

Event MC – Kyle Orton from the Chicago Bears. Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Meshell Ndegeocello, Bassnectar, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Miss Lori Holton Nash (PBS Kids),
The Gwalla Gwallas.
Smaller Venues and Shows:

Sunday April 20th

Schuba’s – Trever Keith, Say Vinyl
Beat Kitchen – The Epochs, District Somnium, Little Miss Ann
Abbey Pub – Beatnik, Catsplash, Blackout 101, Gidgets Ga Ga, Mac Lethal, Grieves, Verbal
Kent, Soulcrate
The House of Blues – Asia
The Kinetic Playground – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Riviera Theatre – The New Pornographers, Okkervil River
The Tonic Room – The Pod
Martyrs’ – Tributosaurus for Kids
The Metro – Flowers For Dorian, Walrus, TeamOne, Fishing With Spoons
Sonotheque –Hot Reggae Sundays Featuring DJ Slacky J
Smart Bar – Mazi, Mike Brankis, James Lauer
Empty Bottle – Birthday Suits, The Smith Westerns, Thomas Function

Other Events
Sunday April 20th

Skokie Lagoons Cleanup Beautify by boat or on foot; gloves, pick sticks, and garbage bags
provided. 9 AM-noon, Tower Road boat launch, Winnetka,
Eckhart Park Earth Week Sponsored by the Eckhart Park Gardeners Club. 9-11 AM, park
cleanup and tree identification walk; 11 AM-1 PM, bike workshop; 1:30 PM, kickball; Eckhart
Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Brookfield Zoo Party for the Planet Dozens of events, including storytelling, crafts, a
scavenger hunt, a make-believe camp, and a performance by Environmental Elvis. 10 AM-5 PM,
Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Gold Rd., Brookfield, 708-485-0263, $6-$10 (Earth Day activities free
with regular admission),
Hubbard Street Mural Project Ricardo Alonzo, one of the project's founding artists, returns to
Chicago after 35 years to repaint the mural panel titled "Picasso's Girlfriend." The public's
invited to watch. 10 AM-4 PM, 1000 W. Hubbard (between Morgan and Sangamon),
Earth Day Cleanup Bring "gloves, shovels, and gardening tools." 10 AM-noon, Unity Playlot
Park, 2636 N. Kimball, 773-478-1410,
Green Apple Music & Arts Festival Deep Fried Pickle Project (followed by an instrumentbuilding
workshop), 10 AM; Ella Jenkins, 10:30 AM; the Blisters, 11:15 AM; the Paul Green
School of Rock, noon; Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000. See for complete schedule
Film Screening: An Inconvenient Truth Free screening sponsored by the city. 1 PM, Chicago
Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630

Monday April 21st

Used Cell Phone Collection For this city-sponsored program, phones collected through Sun
4/29 will be reprogrammed and given to seniors and victims of domestic violence for use as
emergency phones. Any Chicago Police Department station,
Eckhart Park Earth Week At "Ask Me! Butterfly Gardening" experts will answer questions.
5-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Lecture: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World Paul Stamets, president of Fungi
Perfecti, an environmentally friendly company specializing in health-improving mushrooms,
gives a talk. (He also speaks at Green Festival, Sat 3 PM.) 7-9 PM, North Park Village Nature
Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, 312-744-5472

Tuesday April 22nd

Eckhart Park Earth Week Sun photography workshop (a darkroom will be available). 6-9
PM, Eckhart Park Field House, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Wednesday April 23rd

Earth Week Lecture "Ecological Justice/Environmental Racism," by Dr. Dwight Hopkins. 7
PM, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 1100 E. 55th, 773-256-0670,
Eckhart Park Earth Week Experts provide answers at "Ask Me! Clouds." 6-9 PM, Eckhart
Park, 1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Thursday April 24th

Eckhart Park Earth Week Origami pigeon making. 5-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago,

Greening of Ravenswood 20th Annual Arbor Day Party This fund-raiser includes a buffet
dinner, live auction, raffle, and open bar; half of the proceeds go toward redevelopment of the
play lot in Welles Park. 5:30 PM, 42 Degrees North Latitude, 773-907-2226 or 773-549-5010,

Friday April 25th

Eckhart Park Earth Week Council Circle, a story hour for kids. 6-7 PM, Eckhart Park, 1330
W. Chicago, 312-746-5553
Saturday April 26th
Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Collection City-sponsored collection. 8 AM-3
PM, DeVry University parking lot, 3300 N. Campbell, 312-744-5721,

Green and Growing Fair This 15th annual edition features organizations and vendors with
handmade goods, gardening supplies, and plants as well as activities such as tree plantings, a
scavenger hunt for kids, and a silent auction of gardening tools; sponsored by GreenNet. 10
AM-4 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-863-6256,

Eckhart Park Earth Week Closing activities include a tomato plant sale, a tree walk and
naming, a sapling giveaway, a "Hug-a-Tree" booth, and a "Blueberry Madness" pie contest
cosponsored by the West Town Tavern (download entry form at or
pick one up at the field house); celebrity judges include pastry chef Christine McCabe and
others. Pies will be available for sale, along with blueberry tarts baked by West Town Tavern
chef Susan Goss. Proceeds benefit the park's gardening activities. 10 AM-2 PM, Eckhart Park,
1330 W. Chicago, 312-746-5553

Sunday April 27th

Eyeglasses Collection Donate used glasses to be recycled and shipped to developing countries.
Through Sun 5/6; sponsored by the city. Any LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Sears,
or Target Optical, 312-744-5721,
Morton Arboretum Plant Sale This annual Arbor Day weekend event offers approximately
25,000 trees and other plants across more than 300 types. 11 AM-4 PM (members can also shop
Fri-Sat 4/27-4/28, 9 AM-4 PM), Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630-968-

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