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Earth Day 2013

Thank you to all who attended Picnic for Earth: Chicago!
All photos © Cristina Rutter

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!

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