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Chicago Earth Day Events - 2013

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2013


Even though Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year, Chicago will be celebrating all month long with several Earth Day-inspired events. Check out these Earth-friendly happenings in Chicago.

1. Special Earth Day Room Rates at Hotel Felix

To celebrate Earth Day, Hotel Felix is offering an exclusive Earth Day room rate of $20.13 plus tax for the first 10 people who book a room for Earth Day, April 22, online using promo code EARTH. The rate is based on availability and do not include sales tax. These green steals are bound to go fast and interested guests are encouraged book now!

2. Earth Day 5K Event

If you are a runner or a walker, celebrate Earth Day at the Earth Day 5K run/walk event on Saturday, April 27, starting at 9 a.m. sponsored by Chicago's "greenest bank," GreenChoice Bank. The registration fee is $30 ($35 the day of the event). Cost for kids ages 11 to 17 is $15 ($20 day of), and children under 10 are free. Te race will culminate at the Humboldt Park boat house with a free Green Market including music, family entertainment, food, vendors and shopping and environmental education.

3. Scout Seasonal Workshop

To help kids celebrate Earth Day, the Scout Seasonal Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9:45 a.m. 12 p.m. at the Chicago Botanical Garden. Girl and Boy Scouts can learn about the environment through hands-on activities that combine art and science. Participants will make recycled art and help prepare the Garden for the season. Tickets are $12.

4. North Lake Shore Earth Day 2013

This event, held on Saturday, April 20 in Edgewater from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., includes a garden clean-up, painting and more Admission is free.

5. Shedd Aquarium's Adopt-a-Beach Event

Join the Shedd Aquarium at noon on Earth Day, April 22, and volunteer during the Adopt-A-Beach event. Volunteers will be equipped with gloves, bags, and tally sheets and will groom the 12th Street Beach (1200 S. Lynn White Drive) on Museum Campus for items that cannot be collected by the Chicago Park District's tractors. The garbage and recyclables collected by volunteers will be weighed and then disposed of. Experts from Shedd’s Great Lakes conservation team will be on hand to guide volunteers throughout the event and discuss the importance of keeping the surrounding areas of Lake Michigan clean. Each volunteer will receive a complimentary conservation tool and a chance to win two tickets to a Right Bite dinner! Lunch will be provided by Aurelio's Pizza.

6. Pop-up Yoga Studio

Hotel Felix is pleased to welcome the talented instructors of Elate Yoga to the hotel this Earth Month. Every Wednesday in April at 6:30 p.m., Elate Yoga will offer complimentary yoga classes to Chicagoans and hotel guests of all skill levels. Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged, as space is limited. For questions or to reserve a spot, please email Elate Yoga at contact@elateyoga.com or call 312-772-6459.

7. Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-up

Friends of the Parks believes every day should be Earth Day. In order to come together as a community each spring, Friends of the Parks is hosting its annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-up on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Join volunteers to clean and green a neighborhood park or preserve from 9 a.m. - noon. Dress appropriately for the weather. Please do not wear sandals or flip flops. Most sites will have extra work gloves - but you may want to bring your own to insure you have a pair. To participate in this event you must sign a waiver. T-Shirts will be given on a first come, first served basis. Larger sites requesting additional volunteers include Busse Woods, Humboldt Park and Whistler Woods. Additional activities will be available at those sites including environmental education and recycling efforts. This is a rain or shine event.
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