April 22 marks Earth Day and to commemorate, Chicago restaurants will be offering special menus and events. From prix fixe meals using local, organic ingredients to a craft beer tasting raising awareness for clean water, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother Earth. Many will also donate a portion of proceeds to a worthy cause. So get out there, do your part and enjoy a nice candle-lit dinner to end the day.Read More
Where to Celebrate Earth Day in Chicago
Celebrate on Monday, April 22 with a special five-course candle-lit dinner showcasing local ingredients. Courses will include a vegetable garden salad, ravioli, striped bass, pork loin and strawberry terrine. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to The Plant, an indoor vertical farm that promotes closed-loop food production and sustainable economic development through education and research. The cost is $65 per person or $80 with wine pairings.
2. Cru Kitchen & Bar
Go green with an Earth Day Farm Dinner at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 22. The four-course menu will include grilled asparagus salad, white fish, duck breast and parsley root cake. The cost is $52 with an additional $20 for wine pairings.
3. Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery will donate 100% of proceeds of every Earth Day cupcake sold to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The special cupcake will be available for $3.50 in vanilla or chocolate with a swirl of green and blue icing. Guests who purchase six cupcakes will receive a brown Magnolia eco-tote bag.
An Earth Day farm-to-table dinner will offer a four-course meal of parsnip soup, Great Lakes walleye pike, braised Niman Ranch beef, and sweetened local chevre mousse. The cost is $75 and proceeds will benefit Slow Food Chicago and the Cossitt School Garden.
5. Uncommon Ground
Uncommon Ground on Clark will be offering weeklong Earth Dinners from April 19 to 26. The dinners will be an optional three-course prix fixe menu. Uncommon Ground on Devon will offer a three-course chef’s seasonal tasting menu from April 17 to 24.
6. NRDC Craft Beer Tasting
Join NRDC’s Earth Day celebration on April 22 to benefit the “Brewers for Clean Water” campaign. Six Illinois-based breweries will be on hand for the beer tasting fundraiser as well as Wild Ophelia chocolate from Vosges and music by the band Gemini Club. Tickets to the event are available online.
Found’s earth-friendly practices include 100% plant-based dishes like kale and Swiss chard salad with seeds and cranberries ($9); root vegetable stew with garbanzo beans, turmeric and tofu ($14); and quash and mushroom sandwich with kale tofu pesto ($9). The restaurant also offers sustainably farmed American caviar such as Paddlefish, 30g for $42; and Hackleback, 30g for $54.
8. Sandwich Me In
Lakeview’s sustainable sandwich-focused restaurant will host a whole day of Earth Day events including educational discussions with farmers and chefs as well as activities for children. Food and beverage samples, live music and face paintings will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.