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Green Urban City: Chicago Raises Awareness About Sustainability

Natural Home visits Chicago, Illinois, a green urban city, raising awareness about sustainabilty.
By Nicole Magistro
November/December 2003
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Chicago's Historic Water Tower Park.
Photo By Peter J. Schulz

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Chicago is known as a green urban city because of their involvement with sustainabilty issues.

You might notice a green haze rising from Chicago. With the new Chicago Center for Green Technology—home to environmentally committed organizations and businesses—the city is raising awareness of urban sustainability. Along with a renewable energy plan, this green urban city is growing natural restaurants by the bushel.

Exploring Chicago

Chicago Center for Green Technology
This ecologically renovated building features solar panels, recycled building materials, smart lighting, a green roof, and a geothermal exchange system. Open to the public. 445 N. Sacramento Boulevard (312) 746-9777.

Garfield Park Conservatory
The country’s largest public conservatory showcases international plant species within specialized greenhouses. The Monet, urban demonstration, and sensory gardens provide outdoor enjoyment during summer. 300 N. Central Park Avenue (312) 746-5100.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
A hands-on expedition into the ecology of the Great Lakes region, this museum houses an expansive butterfly haven. 2430 N. Cannon Drive (773) 755-5100.

Chicago Restaurants

Karyn's Fresh Corner
A raw foodist’s heaven, this Lakeview café offers uncooked soups, vegan sushi, pizzas, and desserts. Most ingredients are organic, right down to the herbs in the health elixirs. 3351 N. Lincoln Avenue (773) 296-6990.

Chicago Diner
This casual Wrigleyville diner is a staple for vegetarians craving home cooking with a twist. Try the seitan fajitas or lentil-tempeh shepherd’s pie. 3411 N. Halsted Street (773) 935-6696.

Lula Cafe
This trendy Logan Square restaurant offers organic, multiethnic fare for breakfast, lunch, and ­dinner. The meats and fish are free range and hormone free. 2537 N. Kedzie Boulevard (773) 489-9554.

Chef Paul Kahan visits the Green City Market for organic herbs and produce for this postmodern French restaurant. 619 W. Randolph Street (312) 715-0708.

Chicago Lodging

Hyatt Regency Chicago
People sift through your trash at this downtown hotel. The Hyatt collects a million pounds of recyclables annually and uses linen napkins, glassware, and terry hand towels rather than ­disposable counterparts. 151 E. Wacker Drive (312) 565-1234.

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