• Puppet Show: Friends Not Food

    Online event

    During this pandemic crisis Vegan Chicago would like offer children of our community a small respite with a puppet show by our vegan friends at Puppets by Palmieri.

    We’ve all heard of the Big Bad Wolf in many fairy tale stories, but have we ever heard his side of the story? And did he ever learn to be kind to the other fairy tale characters? Join Mr. Chris & Lucky Duck for a fun filled, interactive Virtual Puppet Show about friendship, equality, and second chances!

    Chris Palmieri is a professional film/tv & stage puppeteer who is so proud to have been able to bring his unique brand of interactive, improvisational comedy & wholesome puppet story telling to hundreds of families over the years, including nearly 200 virtual shows since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. He and his puppet pal Lucky Duck will have you laughing, singing, dancing, and learning to be a puppeteer yourself! Puppets by Palmieri offers interactive virtual puppet shows for birthdays, community events, schools, daycares, libraries, and more!

    A device capable of running Zoom video conferencing software will be required to attend. A link will be provided to registered attendees closer to the date of the event.

  • Vegan on Tap: Off Color Brewing's Taproom

    Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

    Please join us at Off Color Brewing's Taproom, called "The Mousetrap," on Tuesday, February 11 for an evening of drinking and socializing!

    Thankfully, there are no actual mouse traps at this venue. Instead, there is terrific local beer plus wine and a full bar. AND, it is BYOF (bring your own food) - so feel free to bring some vegan goodies to munch on. The Mouse Trap is just a short walk from the North/Clybourn red line station. On and off street parking is also available.

    The agenda is simple: drinks and socializing.

    Like all Vegan Chicago events, vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious folks are welcome.

    • Please bring your ID. This is a 21+ establishment.
    • Vegan Chicago does not pay for drinks and there will not be a group tab. Everyone is responsible for paying separately.
    • Come and go as you please anytime between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM.

    Check out Off Color Brewing's website at: http://www.offcolorbrewing.com/

    Thanks and see you at The Mousetrap on February 11!

  • [Presentation] White Meat: Animal Agribusiness and White Identity Politics

    Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

    Christopher Sebastian is a vegan author, researcher, lecturer, and an important architect of vegan animal liberation. This presentation will illuminate the connections between modern-day animal agribusiness and white national identity politics. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear a perspective that is often deemed too radical for white veganism!

    You can find the Facebook event here:

    Christopher Sebastian's website:

  • VC Holiday Celebration & Sanctuary Fundraiser

    Moonlight Vulture


    December marks a time when many celebrate with their loved ones.
    We'd like to invite you to celebrate with fellow vegans as well as make the holidays a bit more special for the animals of Stardust Sanctuary.
    This even also coincides with Vegan Chicago’s 17th anniversary, so it will be a very special celebration all around so we hope you can join us! (http://www.moonlightvulture.com/) to help us celebrate!

    Stardust Animal Sanctuary is non-profit organization located in Richmond,Illinois that is focused on providing lifetime care and hospice for farm animals, horses, cats & dogs. Every year Vegan Chicago holds a raffle with giveaways as part of our holiday celebration. This year, with every proof of $10 donated to Stardust, you will receive one raffle ticket to our giveaway! (Ex. $10 = 1 ticket, $20 = 2 tickets, $50 = 5 tickets, etc.) Please show your donation receipt at the door when you arrive to receive your raffle tickets.

    You can find more info about Stardust and donate online via the following links:

    Also note that Stardust Sanctuary has 501(c)(3) status, so all donations are also tax deductible.

    Once you arrive, attendees can socialize and optionally order from Moonlight Vulture’s vegan menu selections (http://www.moonlightvulture.com/menu-1/).

    As Moonlight Vulture is BYOB, attendees of legal drinking age are welcome to bring the alcoholic beverage(s) of their choice. There will also be non-alcoholic options for purchase.

    There will be seating for approximately 30 people. With that in mind, if attendance exceeds 30 people, we kindly ask that, if you’ve secured a seat, if you’ve already eaten, and if you see someone in need of a seat to eat or for other reasons, please consider offering yours. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with others!

    Vegan Chicago’s membership consistently continues to grow and, with the current figure at 6,500+, we couldn’t be happier. As the longevity and success of any group is attributable to the support of its members, on behalf of the Vegan Chicago organizing team, we would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you!” to all of you. You’re wonderful!

    Please consider joining us for this holiday celebration. If you’re unable to attend, we hope to see you soon. Thank you for choosing to live a compassionate life.

    Debra, Mauricio, and the Vegan Chicago Organizing Team

  • VC Social: Jonathan Safran Foer @ Chicago Humanities Festival

    MEETUP: Jonathan Safran Foer, famed author of the vegan standard Eating Animals will be giving a talk as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival and promoting his new book We Are the Weather.

    For those interested, we'll be meeting ~30 min before the talk to get seats together, then following the talk we'll head over to Colectivo Coffee (https://goo.gl/maps/nt3np7cWaaoL1yu97 for a drink and to discuss.

    TICKETS: **Very Important** Everyone attending is responsible for getting tickets for themselves. A number of ticket options are available to please review carefully. I selected Main Floor Public + Book, so I suspect there may be a book signing afterwards. You can view the options and purchase your tickets here: https://chicagohumanities.org/events/jonathan-safran-foer-we-are-weather/

    Hope you can join us!!

    OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION: Every day, it seems, brings news of another environmental disaster. In the face of increasingly dire climate reports, what’s an environmentally-conscious citizen to do? It’s simple, says Jonathan Safran Foer: Saving the planet starts at breakfast. Ten years after Eating Animals, his in-depth examination of the moral implications of meat consumption in America, Foer turns his attention to the environmental impacts of eating animals in his newest work, We Are The Weather. This conversation with Foer and WBEZ food and culture reporter Monica Eng will have you considering your own power to improve the planet just by changing what you eat.

  • Vegan on Tap @ One Lake Brewing

    One Lake Brewing

    Join us at one of our favorite new breweries: One Lake Brewing, which is at the border of Chicago and Oak Park, off the green line.

    The agenda is simple: drinks (of any type) and socializing.

    Like all Vegan Chicago events, vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious folks are welcome.

    • Please bring your ID regardless of what you plan to drink.
    • Vegan Chicago does not pay for drinks and there will not be a group tab. Everyone is responsible for paying separately.
    • Come and go as you please anytime between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
    • Please register by Wednesday, October 16.
    • Please be prepared for cooler temperatures because, weather permitting, we'll be on the rooftop.

    Learn more about One Lake Brewing on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/onelakebrewing/

    Thanks and see you at One Lake Brewing!

  • Vegan on Tap @ Cabana Club

    Cabana Club

    Toast the summer at the Cabana Club's rooftop bar in Wicker Park! Great views from a prime location: The Cabana Club is on the 6th floor of the Robey Hotel, a short walk from the Damen blue line stop.

    The agenda is simple: drinks and socializing.

    Like all Vegan Chicago events, vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious folks are welcome.

    • Please bring your ID. This is a 21+ establishment.
    • Vegan Chicago does not pay for drinks and there will not be a group tab. Everyone is responsible for paying separately.
    • Come and go as you please anytime between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
    • Please register by Wednesday, September 11.

    The Cabana Club is part of The Robey hotel. Learn more at: https://www.therobey.com/

    Thanks and see you at The Cabana Club!

  • Vegan on Tap @ Island Party Hut

    Island Party Hut

    Like umbrella drinks? Join us at Island Party Hut along the beautiful downtown riverwalk! We'll be there Saturday, August 17th between 3 PM - 6 PM. The agenda is simple: drinks and socializing. Vegan, vegetarian, and veg-curious folks are welcome.

    Please read this entire description since riverwalk meet-ups can be tricky - but worth it! A definitively Chicago experience.

    Location: Island Party Hut is located along south side of the riverwalk between the Columbus and Lake Shore Drive bridges. You’ll need to go down to the riverwalk level. The address is 355 E Riverwalk. Please look for our group near the tables. I'll arrive early to get a spot, and will post specifics here. Thanks in advance for your patience in finding the group.

    Drinks: You can get a drink (alcohol or non-alcohol) from the tiki-themed bars and bring it to our spot. Think of it like a mid-afternoon happy hour.

    Other notes:
    • If you intend to drink alcohol, please bring your ID.
    • Vegan Chicago does not pay for drinks and there will not be a group tab. Everyone is responsible for paying separately.
    • Come and go as you please anytime between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
    • We're going for drinks, not food. Island Party Hut allows people to carry in food. If you do, please ensure it's vegan.
    • This gathering is weather contingent. Please look for an update on the morning of August 17th. If we have to cancel due to weather, we will reschedule in the near future.

    Learn more about Island Party Hut: http://www.islandpartyhut.com/

    See you on the riverwalk!

  • Millennium Park Vegan Finger Food Potluck and Free Concert

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion

    Hey Everyone!

    It’s time for one of our favorite events of the year; our annual visit to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to partake in a vegan finger food potluck and free concert!

    As part of the Grant Park Music Festival, we will be enjoying A Mass of Life: A Celebration of the Human Spirit. Carlos Kalmar conducts this rarely performed, epic work—an exultant celebration intermingled with the contemplation of eternity—featuring the orchestra, an expanded chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists (http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/2019-season/a-mass-of-life)

    Our schedule is as follows:

    6:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Space claim at the very back of the Great Lawn at Pritzker Pavilion. You may want to consider arriving earlier to enjoy a stroll through the nearby and very beautiful Lurie Garden: https://www.luriegarden.org/.
    6:30 p.m. – Finger-food potluck on the lawn (no utensils required).
    7:30 p.m. – Concert begins

    What to bring:

    1. Blanket or towel to sit on or a folding chair if you have one.
    2. Vegan finger food (Suggestions: sandwiches/wraps, raw vegetables & dip, spring rolls, sushi, cookies, cupcakes). Please include an ingredients list with your contribution, as well as any utensils required for serving. Store bought food is fine as long as the ingredients are readily available.
    3. Plate & napkin
    4. Beverages – Your choice of beverage, which can include alcohol, as it is permitted in the park during the concert. There will also be beverages, both alcohol and non-alcohol, for sale on the premises. In the event it’s a particularly warm day, it's recommended that you bring water, even if you're also bringing other beverages.

    When you RVSP, please note in the event comment box what you plan to bring for the potluck.

    Please review Millennium Park's - Policies and Regulations for any restrictions and prohibited items here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/mp0.html. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them, as well as all other policies and regulations, prior to your arrival.

    Upon each guest’s departure at the end of the evening, we ask that everything brought to the park be disposed of and/or taken away, including leftover food.

    Millennium Park is easily accessible via public transportation, which is recommended. For those driving, parking is available in a number of parking garages in the area.

    The lawn area where we'll be meeting is free. But, you can also purchase seats up-close in the pavilion here: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/2019-season/a-mass-of-life

    Please consider joining us for an evening of wonderful company, food, and music! Hope to see you there!


  • Join & Support the Rally Against Dairy Chicago

    Jane Bryne Plaza

    EVENT: Join Vegan Chicago and a number of animal justice organizations as we rally against abuses by the dairy industry.

    This event is created for those who may be new to rallies, looking to learn more about activism or activist organizations in Chicago, and/or would like to meet up with our group to experience and support this event together.

    MEET: Event takes place at the plaza where the historic Chicago Watertower is located. Look for the Vegan Chicago logo sign to find us. I'll also post updates when we arrive with info on how to find us.

    More info can be found on the facebook event page:

    Description from the event organizers:
    "In the wake of the largest dairy abuse case in history and the Chicago-based Fairlife brand that is in the crosshairs of this case, Free from Harm is teaming up with Mothers Against Dairy for an exciting afternoon featuring local vegan moms telling their stories and a special keynote speaker Dr. Natalie Santiago!

    Our event intentionally coincides with the wildly popular "Cows on Parade" exhibit which will be staged in the same location and presents us with a perfect opportunity to educate the public and media on the truth about the dairy industry.

    During the rally, leafletters will be passing out our well-know dairy facts sheet. At around 2pm, we will do a short march up Michigan avenue to Wacker Drive (about 8 blocks).

    We will supply signs, flags and banners but also encourage people to get creative and make their own signs. The key messages of the event are:

    - Motherhood is something to be honored, not exploited
    - Bodies are not commodities; their bodies, not ours
    - Dairy is built on the separation of mothers and newborns
    - Not your mom, not your milk"