If you feel like Earth Day went by way too fast this year, I’m happy to inform you that you don’t have to wait until next year to learn more about what you can do to help the environment. The annual Chicago Green Festival will be at Navy Pier on May 5-6 for a weekend of fun events and education.
The Green Festival, the nation’s largest environmental consumer event, is returning to Chicago for its sixth year. The festival will include a wide range of events including speakers, panel discussions, an organic beer/wine/mead tent, a dedicated children’s area, short films, yoga, workshops, and a variety of exhibitors. Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will deliver the keynote speech on Saturday, May 5th. For a complete list of programming at the Green Festival, click here.
The exhibitor marketplace will include more than 350 eco-friendly businesses, featuring sustainable products and services. All exhibitors have been screened for their commitment to social justice, sustainability, and ecological balance. Additionally, Green Festival and Ford Motors are funding a $5,000 Community Green Grant that will be given to a winning local “green” community project.
To view an online version of the festival guide for more information, click here.
The festival will be located at Navy Pier, Hall A. On Saturday, it will be open from 12pm-8pm. On Sunday, it will be open from 11am-7pm.
Tickets to the festival range from $10 for a Day Pass purchased ahead of time to $65 for a Festival Fan Pass purchased at the door (which includes 2 All Access Passes for two days, $10 Green Festival Bucks, 2 Eco Tote Bags, 2 Recycled Fiber T-shirts, and 2 Drinks from the Beer and Wine Garden or the Cafe). Seniors and students are eligible for reduced admission. Free admission will be given to participants 18 and younger, members of certain eco-friendly organizations (such as Sierra Club and Green America), and those who ride their bike to the event and use the bike valet.