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Welcome to ChicagoVeg – Chicagoland Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Foodist Community.

ChicagoVeg is the largest Chicagoland community for vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists to socialize and meet like-minded people. We organize a range of fun activities and educational events in the city and the suburbs. Whether you are vegan or not vegan, we welcome everyone who is interested in a vegan/vegetarian/raw lifestyle for any reason - ethical, environmental, health, or spiritual. We support a nonjudgmental community where everyone can feel welcome to express their opinions, socialize, and have fun! Some of the fun activities include the following: exchanging vegan recipes (raw and not raw), vegan food potlucks, dining out at local vegetarian/vegan/raw restaurants, lectures pertaining to the vegetarian/vegan/raw lifestyle, and outreach events that promote a vegan lifestyle. We see the importance of educating others about advantages of veganism/vegetarianism, and we believe that a continuous education and supportive community are vitally important to sustain a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.


Join us for delicious raw food/vegan/vegetarian meals, share your favorite recipes, discuss living a healthy vegetarian/vegan/raw food lifestyle, support green/eco living, and make new friends!

Everyone is welcome, from the vegetarian/vegan/raw food-curious to the 100% vegetarian/vegan/vegan-raw-foodists.

In addition to our monthly events, ChicagoVeg is also the lead organizer of the Chicago Veggie Pride Parade (CVPP). The goal of the parade is "Celebrating the Vegan/Vegetarian Lifestyle!" Featuring guest speakers, a costume contest, and tons of fun, CVPP is a wonderful all-encompassing event to support local vegans and vegetarians, as well as to raise awareness in the general public about the benefits of a plant-based diet. We encourage everyone, vegans or not vegans, to come and walk, socialize, learn, and of course celebrate the Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle with us!

Click HERE (http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/join) to join us to hear about our upcoming event!

Upcoming events (4)


Tiny Tunes Studio

It's time to have another potluck to meet some old and new veg*n friends! WHAT TO BRING: • A beverage/dish to share - Everything for this potluck must be vegan. Gluten-Free/Oil-Free/Raw dishes are always welcome but optional. • Please follow our Potluck Rules (https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/pages/Potluck_Rules/) with an exception that only vegan food is acceptable for this potluck. Bag of chips and a spread is not an option. Please be more creative and spend at minimum $10 on your dish. You are welcome to check out Recipes of the meals at our potlucks (https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/boards/thread/7521957/10/) where people have shared some recipes from our previous potlucks. • Please use the Conversation section on the event page to let others know what you plan to bring. • Please check what other people will bring and specify what dish you plan to bring so all of us won't bring potato salad! • The food should be ready to eat as the room is not available for any electrical devices to be plugged in. • Although we will supply some, please bring your own compostable or washable plates, bowls, cups, silverware, napkins (to be more eco-friendly). • The expectation to have a great time! TIMING: We will meet at 7PM and will start eating shortly so please don't be late unless you are bringing dessert! ;-) LOCATION: The location is easily accessible by public transportation. You can Google 69 E 16th Street, Chicago, IL 60616 to plan your trip. The space is donated to us for the event by Tiny Tunes Studio: Music and Movement Classes for Children https://www.tinytunesstudio.com/about ADMISSION: $5 (Cash only please). Kids (under 10): Free. Please consider bring extra cash to buy raffle tickets to benefit ChicagoVeg Pro-Vegan Billboard project! If you would like to contribute raffle prizes, please contact organizers here: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/suggestion Your in-kind donation will be appreciated! This is family/kids friendly event. Please respect our No Intoxicants Policy: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/pages/17842782/No_Intoxicants_Policy THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A VARIETY OF VEGAN FOOD, SOCIALIZE WITH OLD FRIENDS, MAKE NEW ONES, AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE - ALL IN ONE! Bring your entire family for this kid friendly event! SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE RSVP IN ADVANCE. Please use the "Comments" section on the bottom of the event page to offer/ask for rides and to post any questions or comments.

Freshly-made award-winning bagels - Vegan style!

The Great American Bagel

Come to eat freshly made salad/bagel/sandwich - Vegan style! You will be able to enjoy their salad and two types vegetarian sandwiches which will be vegan: - Garden Chopped Salad (without cheese and egg) - Mediterranean Hummus and Veggie - Veggie Supreme Sandwich (with or without vegan cream-cheese) You could also order a tea/coffee/non-alcohol drinks of your choice from their menu. Here is what will be SPECIAL about eating at the meetup: - American Bagels will use VEGAN cream-cheese specifically for our meetup vs a regular (dairy) cream-cheese - American Bagels will give out a FREE bagel with a purchase of every sandwich - American Bagels will match up to $250 of purchases at the event as a donation toward ChicagoVeg Pro-Vegan Billboard project! That's right: The restaurant will be making the substantial donation to the cause as you will simply eat there! Come to enjoy freshly-made bagels, socialize with other ChicagoVeg members and support the CVB fundraiser - ALL IN ONE! Please invite your friends but RSVP as the space is limited!

Vegan Cooking Class

Needs a location

The date and time may change. Please stay tuned for an official announcement for this event.

Vegan Potluck
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

We are looking for a location for this potluck (50+ people). The date/time is open (TBA). Please send a message via ChicagoVeg suggestion form (http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/suggestion/) with your suggestion!

Past events (398)

FREE Plant-Based (read Vegan) Cooking Class and Tasting!

Elmhurst SDA Church

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