It’s Earth Day – eat something local, sustainable, organic and/or green!

Feast | Spinach Salad

Do you know where you salad comes from?

It’s Earth Day again and thoughts turn to local, sustainable and organic dining options that are available in the Chicago area. Did you know that many places will list sources for their food right on the menu? Look for clues like “Gunthorp Farms” and “Green City Market” to gage whether a restaurant is making the effort. If you aren’t sure – ask! Let restaurants know it’s important to you as a consumer.

There are many resources provided by the city, too. If you’re trying fish, you can ask where it’s been caught and see if it’s a species that’s being managed in a sustainable way. The Shedd Aquarium has a list to help guide your dining choices. Or if you feel like being virtuous in your own kitchen, you can drop by the Downtown Farmstand to pick up items that have been produced in and around Chicagoland.

Being green doesn’t have to be hard or cost a fortune. And in Chicago? It’s getting easier and greener all the time.