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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 (3)

2nd 2019 Montrose Beach Potluck & Volleyball of the Season!

Montrose Beach, ChicagoVeg Potluck location

This is a continuation of the very successful events from the past 9 summers. LOCATION: • Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan (PLEASE see the map above) We will meet at a grass area SOUTH of the beach house - located on the east side N. Simmons Drive, between Wilson and Montrose. If you see the big antenna and/or the big white building, just go a little SOUTH and you will find us! • See the picture of maps above or a better picture here: http://chicagoveg.com/potluck.htm • Look for the "ChicagoVeg" sign TIMING: • Noon - 1:30 PM - Arrive, socialize, frisbee (introductions and start eating around 12:30PM) • About 1:30PM - Volleyball begins. TRANSPORTATION: • Driving: There is a lot of parking by Montrose Beach, however some of the closer parking may fill up quickly, which is one of the reasons to arrive before noon :) • Public transportation: Several CTA buses stop at Montrose Beach, although it may be a bit of a walk to the picnic (< 1 mile). For more info: http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com • Bike: Riding your bike is a good option. Remember, you can usually bring bikes on Chicagoland public transportation. WHAT WE WILL SUPPLY: • Volleyball and net • Drinking water • Some extra paper plates, plastic cups, plastic "silverware", paper towels WHAT TO BRING: • A beverage to drink/dish to share - Please follow our Potluck Rules: http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/pages/Potluck_Rules. You are welcome to check out Recipes of the meals at our potlucks: http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/boards/thread/7521957 where people shared some recipes from our previous potlucks. • Please use Comment 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 as you RSVP so all of us won't bring a potato salad! • Although we will supply them, we encourage you to bring your own plates/bowls/cups/utensils (to be more eco-friendly) • The expectation to have a great time! CONTACT: • Please use "Comments" area in the bottom of the event page to offer/ask rides and post any questions or comments. NOTE: This is an outside event and subject to weather conditions. We will post any changes to our website and will send an email.

Veggie Fest 2019 - Free Admission!

Danada South Park

Please join us at Veggie Fest, one of the largest vegetarian festivals in North America! And it's right in Chicagoland! We always had really great time at the past Veggie Fests: - our Veggie Fest 2009 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/690311 - our Veggie Fest 2010 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/1018226 - our Veggie Fest 2011 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/2890521 - our Veggie Fest 2012 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/10160542 - our Veggie Fest 2013 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/16618202 - our Veggie Fest 2014 event: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/events/191276462 - our Veggie Fest 2015 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/26340211 - our Veggie Fest 2016 photos: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/photos/27146553 - our Veggie Fest 2017 event: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/events/240834966 ChicagoVeg is an official sponsor of Veggie Fest and we will be hosting a booth at the festival. Admission to the festival is free. There will be numerous veg-related vendors, speakers, food demos, music performances and other activities. For more info you can visit https://www.veggiefestchicago.com This is our 10th year supporting the Veggie Fest! We plan to enjoy it even more this time! While we setup the meetup at noon so it could be easier for everyone to meet each other next to ChicagoVeg booth, we won't have it as a regular/formal meetup, so you can also come at any other time to say Hi and to hang out at our booth (even next day!) Also, if any of you are willing to help us at the booth please reply on the following message board with possible time of your availability: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/messages/boards/thread/52185095/ Regardless if you can help just for an hour or for all day, your help will be greatly appreciated! It can be at any time during the festival which is from 11 AM to 8 PM on August 10 (Sat.) and August 11 (Sun.) The parking is free. Please use this message board for carpooling arrangements: https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/messages/boards/thread/52185128/ Looking forward to see you all at this great 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 (405)

From The Ground Up FREE screening and Q&A with the film director

Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library

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