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Earth Day the Chicago Way

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Earth day is April 22nd, and traditionally (if you consider 30 plus years to be a tradition) it is a day to show your stewardship of the earth in one way or another. In our neck of the woods/playlot we usually take an hour or two to pick up trash and drug bags. There is no need to limit oneself in Chicago however, since many places have started activities in recent years, including:

Earth Day Celebrations at Humboldt Park and Skinner Park, and also Earth day clean-ups at many parks around town.

Grassroots Homeschoolers is hosting a Science and Earth Day Fair on April 18th.

In Lake and McHenry Counties, the city of Lincolnshire is hosting an Earth Day Fair on April 22nd, complete with a poster contest.

Whole Foods is hosting a Community Clean-up Day for Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve on the 22nd. They are also heavily involved in the Green Festival on the same weekend, although if the weather is nice you sure won’t be bumping in to us at Mc Cormick place that day.

If you prefer to pick up trash while floating down river you can join the Chicago Kayak Club at Skokie Lagoons.

In case you are out of ideas on how to make your Chicago lifestyle greener, Mayor Daley will hook you up with his top ten Earth Day tips. Hopefully, you won’t just “conserve water” on Earth Day though, you know what I mean?

Lastly, if you like your Earth Days to feature live music and snacks, then the always free Lincoln Park Zoo is the place to be on April 22nd. Do the earth and your sanity a favor and bicycle down there because you sure can’t find parking within a five mile radius of the place for less than $15.

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