It's Earth Day and despite it also being Monday, when many restaurants are closed, we've got lots of Earth Day specials designed to get you to fire up the
gaz guzzler electric car and head out. And you'll want to know this, because Seamless tells us that Chicago is their #2 most eco-friendly city... based on how many of their customers choose the eco-friendly option when ordering delivery food. Check the deals and good deeds out below.
• We'll start off with a big check. To mark Earth Day, Chipotle is donating all Chicagoland proceeds (up to $20,000) from next Saturday's sales to the Green City Market. (They're also launching the first of their premium margaritas made with Patron this week. Not that that has anything to do with Earth Day, except, you can add that to your bill on Saturday.)
• Magnolia Bakery has a special Earth Day cupcake, and they'll be giving 100% of the sales (not just today but in total) to clean water conservation group the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Buy six and you'll get a Magnolia Bakery eco-tote bag.
• Hit Hannah's Bretzel for lunch today and 25% of all net sales and catering orders will go to the Academy for Global Citizenship, an innovative and highly sustainable charter school on Chicago's southwest side.
• Filini Bar & Restaurant, located in the Aqua building which is currently applying for LEED certification, will have a 5-course menu tonight showcasing locally grown produce, humanely raised meats, and sustainable seafood. In addition, it will be a candle-lit dinner in efforts to conserve energy, priced at $65 per person and $80 with wine pairing; 10% of the proceeds will go to the South side sustainable vertical farm The Plant.
• Cru Kitchen & Bar will also have an Earth Day Dinner tonight for $52 per person plus $20 wine pairing; the four course dinner will highlight good stuff from local and responsible producers including Nichols Farm & Orchard, Green Acres Farm, Seedling Orchard, Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, Werp Farms, Gunthorp Farms and La Quercia.
• Ever heard of green graffiti? It's art made with moss, and Whole Foods Lincoln Park (1550 N. Kingsbury) will have a art show and let you contribute to a communal piece of art, with stuff to drink from local breweries and wineries including Candid Wines and Wild Blossom Meadery; it's from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $5, which goes to the Rebuilding Exchange.