Eatery Helps Chicago Greening Efforts

Earth Mothers cares about the planet as much as they do about great herbs and food.

| June/July 2004

  • The multi-colored awning reflects the multitude of flavors you’ll find inside Earth Mothers restaurant.
  • Eatery owners Patti and Chris Garland support the Green Chicago movement by offering organic-based dishes.
  • Visit Earth Mothers for an Ayurvedic meal and some Chicago “greening.”


Chicago—Windy City, Hog Butcher of the World, Second City. And now a new identity is emerging for this bustling, durable city in the heartland. Mayor Richard M. Daley provided the impetus, and Chicago residents have enthusiastically embraced the goal of making Chicago the Greenest City in America. From rooftop gardens to sustainable development, the dream is on its way to becoming a reality.

This dedication to green beckoned Chicagoan Patti Garland to return to the city from her transplanted home in Los Angeles. She and husband Chris Garland moved back to Chicago last year, just in time for winter. They wanted to create a restaurant based on sustainable ideals and join the burgeoning Green Chicago movement.

“Creating community is part of the whole philosophy of organic, sustainable development,” Patti says. “Everything I saw and heard was happening here. It was what I was craving, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

In the fall of 2003, the Garlands opened Earth Mothers — a small storefront eatery. The space is pleasantly simple and offers a homestyle cuisine.

Steeped in Tradition

The driving force behind Earth Mothers is healthy living through organic-based food.



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