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Chicago Welcomes the Most Dynamic Green Festival to Date Back to Navy Pier on May 18 – 19, 2013

Joining the Green Festival will be innovators  Dylan Ratigan, Amy Goodman, Marianne Williamson, Emmanuel Pratt, and Eco-Lifestyle Expert, Danny Seo  for an inspiring and exciting weekend. 

May 6, 2013


Green Festival, the nation’s largest and most trusted green living event will bring the Chicago green community together for the seventh year at Navy Pier on May 18-19.  The show features leaders in the environmental and social justice community include over 100 speakers, entrepreneurs and activists such as Dylan Ratigan, Amy Goodman, Marianne Williamson, Emmanuel Pratt, Danny Seo, in addition to a number of other activities and events, such as a two-day upcycled fashion experience and fashion show by Columbia College students.

Additionally, FORD Motor Company will be providing free test drives of the new all-electric and hybrid cars and awarding the FORD Community Green Grant to an inspiring Chicago non-profit organization.  The weekend is full of events for everyone including the talents of Young Chicago Authors; Green Kid’s Zone; yoga classes by Moksha Yoga Center; Sierra Club films; FamilyFarmed interactive farm pavilion; a Green Marketplace featuring over 250 local and national sustainable businesses; Organic Beer & Wine Pavilion and art installations from the Ten Thousand Ripples project and local artist Mary Croteau. Dozens of DIY workshops feature easy ways to green your life – from organic skin care, home improvements, and vegetarian cooking demos, to baking your own dog biscuits.

A joint project of Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is a non-profit event with twelve years of attracting a million attendees in more than five cities with a commitment to sustainable economy, ecological balance, and social justice using Green America’s Green Business Certification.

“With graduations, weddings and spring renovations, the Green Marketplace provides tens of thousands of products and services to make every purchase give twice – helping support over 250 local businesses and featuring the latest innovations in sustainable products and services,”  says Denise Hamler, Green Festival Director.  

Something for everyone - Green Festival offers a host of panel discussions featuring local and national speakers presenting on topics as varied as GMO’s; crowdsourcing for diverse communities;  environmental issues surrounding offshore wind and  KXL pipeline; fair labor; marriage equality; in addition to DIY workshops on greening your life and business.

Special features include local organization New Life for Old Bags creating sleeping mats for the homeless using recycled materials, Pedal to the People giving bike repair workshops and an amazing art exhibit from Project Onward. Musical performances will feature local talent DJ’s Roman Borochin and StarsirGaze as well as spoken word poetry from Young Chicago Authors.

“We bring communities together to celebrate practical solutions,” adds Hamler. “Chicago is rich in diversity and every year we bring together the latest sustainable innovations with the best in local arts and culture to produce an event unlike any other.”  

Not to be missed – this year Green Festival presents interactive, on-site fashion events courtesy of the students of Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Department. On Saturday, students will design and reconstruct runway-worthy looks using discarded garments previously destined for landfills. On Sunday, the students will present their avant-garde looks in a runway show at 12 o’clock P.M. Eco-fashions produced by the design students from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Department.  

Additional highlights include:

  • Ford Ride and Drive opportunities
  • Do-It-Yourself Workshops include: making homemade dog biscuits Chicago High School for Agricultural Science students, creating upcycled furniture with Matthew Weber of the Safer Foundation/Junk Monk n’ Sun, soapmaking with CCA Academy, and bee power with Peace Bees’ Alexandra Lesniak
  • Spoken word by the Young Chicago Authors
  • 8 Yoga classes in the Movement Pavilion by Moksha Yoga Center
  • Green Kid’s Zone
  • Green Jobs and Careers
  • Responsible Investing
  • Green Business Opportunities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Beer and Wine Pavilion
  • Organic Local Food
  • Community Action
  • Sierra Club Green Films
  • Local musicians
  • Bike Valet
  • Art installations
  • Keynote speakers include: John Perkins, Marianne Williamson, Greg Palast, Amy Goodman, and Alisa Gravitz


Green Festival partner FORD Motor Company's Community Green Grant competition will provide five local nonprofits the chance to win $5,000. Four runners-up will each receive $1,000. Attendees can vote at the Ford pavilion or online.

Key partners and sponsors include: Ford, Clif Bar, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, and NBC 5 Chicago.
Chicago Green Festival  May 18 - 19, 2013. Doors open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at  Chicago’s famed Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611.
Tickets are $15 for a one-day admission or $25 for a full weekend pass. Tickets and fan passes can be purchased online for a discount at or at the show.  Free admission for  bicyclist that park at the bike valet;  Sierra Club- Green America- Global Exchange members; and youth 18 and under. One day free pass are available to people bringing bring three cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, workshops, speakers and films.
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About Green America
Green America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. Its Green Business Network is the largest national network of businesses screened for their social and environmental responsibility.

About Global Exchange
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.


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