Saturday, April 30 from 11am-8pm

Join Center for Cultural Interchange & Greenheart on Saturday, April 30, 2011 for its 3rd annual eco-urbanite celebration, Living La Vida Verde in Chicago. Help restore Chicago’s Wicker Park for the summer, participate in interactive workshops, and kick back after a long day at the Greenheart Shop with drinks, food, and entertainment. All for free!

Part 1: Environmental Action*

11am – 1pm, Wicker Park, 1425 N Damen Ave. (outdoors)

A community service volunteer project to mulch and restore the Wicker Park’s grounds for the summer.

Part 2: Sustainability Education*

1-4pm, Interactive and educational workshops at the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N Damen Ave. (indoors)

1pm: Andrew Weithe, Director of Environmental Affairs for the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op sheds light on the green restaurant scene and what consumers should look for. Chef David Reyes from Chicago’s green restaurant, Poag Mahone’s, prepare a dish using seasonal ingredients.
2pm: Merrill Smith, of Green Box Chicago, teaches a hands-on approach to using small spaces for growing your own greens with recycled container gardening methods.
3pm: Ken Dunn, legendary pioneer of radical recycling and Director of The Resource Center, shares the science and plans of building out of urban farms and the real scoop on Chicago recycling and mass composting.
4pm: Outdoor Musical Meditation with flutist Elizabeth Margolius and CCI Founder and President Emanuel Kuntzelman.

Part 3: Cultural Celebration

4:30pm – 8pm, Greenheart Shop, 1911 W. Division Street, Chicago.

4:30pm: Mix ‘n mingle with organic food and wines

5:30pm: Welcome presentation by emcee Ervin Lopez and introductions from Chicago social enterprise leaders.
6pm: Network and meet the leaders from Women Craft, Sweet Beginnings, Bright Endeavors, COOP Image, Blue Sky Bakery and Cafe and Sweet Miss Givings.

6:30-8pm: Dance to the Eclectic Latin Rhythms of Chicago artists, Gonzalo Cordova and Renato Ceron.


You must RSVP for the volunteering and workshops, SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Andrea Dennis at 312-264-1629 or email

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Please contact Andrea Dennis for more information: or call 312-944-2544.

Thanks to our current sponsors:

Adage Technologies

Digital Hub

This event is presented in collaborative and in partnership with the Wicker Park Garden Club ( ), Wicker Park Advisory Council ( ), and the Chicago Park District ( ).