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  • In the heart of Millennium Park, nearly 400 people came to celebrate Earth Day 2013 at Picnic for Earth: Chicago.
  • Inside a warm tent on a crisp April day in Chicago, The Hearty Boys taught us about sustainable cooking.
  • We also heard tips from Melissa Graham of Purple Asparagus, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.
  • And, let’s not forget Lillie’s Q Chef Charlie McKenna’s demonstration on cooking sustainably raised pork shoulder.
  • Event attendees flexed their creative muscles with Rad Hatter and made hats from recycled materials.
  • And, no picnic would be complete without a little face painting.
  • The main attraction, however, was Blind Pilot, who supports The Nature Conservancy’s All Hands on Earth music initiative.
  • Blind Pilot was definitely a crowd pleaser, generously performing an encore and encouraging fans to their feet!
  • Though fun was had by all, the real message of the day was sustainability. Our State Director Michelle Carr explained how the food choices we make impact our environment.
  • Thank you to our corporate sponsors Whole Earth Sweetener Co. and Back to Nature for making Picnic for Earth: Chicago possible.
  • Thank you to NBC Chicago for being our media sponsor, and a special thanks to Alicia Roman for serving as our event MC.
  • Thank you to Paulette Wolf Events and Entertainment for making Picnic for Earth: Chicago beautiful.
  • Thank you to our partner Chicago Gateway Green for providing wonderful volunteers.
  • And, thank you to all who attended the event for making it a success and supporting The Nature Conservancy!
Earth Day 2013
Thank you to all who attended Picnic for Earth: Chicago!
All photos © Cristina Rutter

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