Do you want to make a difference simply by paying for tap water next time you dine out? March 20-26 is World Water Week, which brings awareness to the world water crisis. During this week, restaurants across the United States participate in the UNICEF Tap Project, a nationwide campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to help provide children all over the world with safe, clean water.
The concept is simple, "when you take water, give water." In other words, when you drink a glass of tap water at participating restaurants, donate $1 (or more) and the money goes to help children in countries most in need of clean water. The 2011 campaign focuses on Togo, Central African Republic, Vietnam, Guatemala and Haiti. Over $2.5 million dollars have been raised since the program started in 2007.
There are over 60 participants in Chicago and the surrounding 'burbs so far, and based on participation last year, we expect more to be added. The current list includes: The Bristol, Prairie Fire and Prairie Grass Cafe, Quartino, Nacional 27, C-House, Green Zebra, Feast and Custom House. For a full list of local participants, head over to the UNICEF site and search for Chicago. Don't see who you are looking for? It's not too late to convince your favorite restaurant to sign up.