A Farm to Plate Evening w/Whole Foods Market + Slow Food Chicago
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

A Farm to Plate Evening w/Whole Foods Market + Slow Food Chicago

Host: Slow Food Chicago

Cost: $70 - $125

About:

Whole Foods Market and Slow Food Chicago would like to invite you to a Farm to Plate Evening of eating, drinking and shopping local!

Enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind experience as you take yourself on a three-floor self-guided snacking, shopping and educational tour at The Plant, hosted by a variety of talented chefs, local artisans, Whole Foods Market and Slow Food Chicago.

Throughout your self-guided adventure, meet local chefs and taste their personalized farm-to-plate dishes, nibble off feasting tables highlighting favorite foods from local farms, and shop local artisans’ fare including spirits, wine, craft beer, and goods.

Special activities include a fresh cider tasting in the Whiner Tap Room and music from local musician Neil Dixon Smith. The Slow Food Patron package also includes an exclusive VIP experience at the start of the event .

All evening proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago (local artisans and partner sales not included).

Event Details:

  • Guests are encouraged to wear sensible shoes. The event will take place on all three floors of The Plant and guests will be asked to use stairs to move between floors.*

  • The event includes a market place where guests can shop goods from local vendors. Guests are encouraged to bring shopping totes or purchase a tote at the event.

  • *An elevator will be made available for guests who require it.

Participating Chefs & Restaurants:

The Publican

Daisies Chicago

All Together Now

Spoken Cafe

Katherine Anne Confections

Sacred Serve

Floriole

Tubby's Taste

Posh Nosh by No Denial Foods

Whiner Beer Company

FIG Drinks and Apologue Liquors

Fruitbelt Sparkling Fruit Tonic

Plus, a grand gala table with local cheese, charcuterie, seasonal vegetables, fruit and more by Whole Foods Market

About Slow Food Chicago:

Slow Food Chicago is a member-supported educational non-profit organization run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and network of volunteers who help facilitate events and educational opportunities to promote awareness and access to good, clean, and fair food. As one of the largest chapters of Slow Food USA, Slow Food Chicago seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the local food system to ensure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat. To learn more about Slow Food Chicago, please visit slowfoodchicago.org.

About Whole Foods Market:

For 40 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has over 500 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit wholefoods.com.

About The Plant:

Founded on a model of closing waste, resource, and energy loops, The Plant is working to show what truly sustainable food production and economic development looks like by growing and producing food inside a repurposed industrial building. To learn more about The Plant, please visit bubblydynamics.com/the-plant.

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Food Fun(d)ing Fridays: Harvest Edition Pitch Fest
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Food Fun(d)ing Fridays: Harvest Edition Pitch Fest

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Join USAN (Urban Stewards Action Network for the fall 2019 Food Fun(d)ing Fridays: Harvest Edition Pitch Fest! During each quarterly edition of Food Fun(d)ing Fridays, we typically provide four awards, the top award being $1,000. However, for the first time ever, we aim to provide up to 8 awards! The 4 additional awards will be specifically for BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses.

What are Food Fun(d)ing Fridays?

Based on the Sunday Soup model, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays is a community event which gathers the public to learn about and support food-related projects in Chicago, in particular those led by communities of color. In exchange for a small donation and/or the ticket price, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays guests will enjoy healthy food and drinks, while listening to presentations by selected farmers and food vendor organizations. After the presentations, Food Fun(d)ing Friday guests vote on projects to fund. At the end of the event, the contest participant with the most votes gets the highest value prize.

About the Hosts

Food Fun(d)ing Fridays is organized by the Urban Stewards Action Network (USAN). USAN was officially formed in May of 2017 when Black and Brown leaders of the local food system in Chicago came together to cultivate connections, provide mutual support, and transform the food system across communities of color. USAN has been in the works for a number of years and has been supported by the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. Since its inception, USAN has lead with the values of transparency, integrity, innovation, creativity, cooperation, and celebrating the abundance of social and cultural assets. USAN is currently comprised of members from Grow Greater Englewood, Urban Growers Collective, Englewood Village Farmer's, Getting Grown Collective, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, as well as local farmers and community members

Pass the green! Join us in supporting emerging cannabis entrepreneurs of color by contributing to our grant fund!

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Zoning and Urban Agriculture Workshop
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Zoning and Urban Agriculture Workshop

Hosted by Community Law Project and Advocates for Urban Agriculture

About:

Looking to start an urban farm? Interested in what is and isn’t allowed on a particular piece of property? Are your vegetables illegal?!? Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. Find out more about zoning ordinances in Chicago and what they mean for growing food and medicine in the city. Have a burning question? Submit you questions ahead of time anonymously here: bit.ly/iHaveZoningQuestions Spanish interpretation and childcare available if requested by 10/21. Light refreshments will be served.

For this workshop, we're delighted to have the expert legal advice of Clifford Helm, Staff Attorney for the Community Law Project of Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Cliff works primarily in their Equitable Development Initiative, and has worked with community organizations, coalitions, non-profits, and cooperatives across Chicago on drafting community benefits agreements and developing strategies and policies to support equitable development.

Partner bio: The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights identifies and disrupts patterns of discrimination. Through longstanding partnerships with member law firms, they provide high quality legal assistance to clients and communities in litigation and transactional matters. They collaborate with community leaders, advocacy organizations, and attorneys to craft and implement community-based solutions and policy reform. Their current legal projects focus on education, housing, voting and civic empowerment, public safety, and community economic development.

About this workshop series: this workshop is a part of Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Good Practices for Growing Chicago, a free, comprehensive workshop series designed around AUA’s Good Practices for Growing in Chicago toolkit. The goal is to provide urban farm operations with the ability to access quality training and meet industry standards, ensuring they are financially and operationally ready to scale up and meet the growing demand for fresh, local food, reduce their risk as a business, and prepare for new funding opportunities.

Workshop topics reflect the toolkit’s focus areas, including food safety practices, insurance, marketing, licensing, and budgeting. Learn more at www.auachicago.org/good-practices-workshops

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Seed Saving Workshop & Seed Swap at The Edible Gardens
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Seed Saving Workshop & Seed Swap at The Edible Gardens

Host: Green City Market, Slow Food Chicago

Preserve this season’s favorite crops, culture, biodiversity and more by saving seeds!

Attendees will learn the value of saving seeds and the simplicity of saving your own seeds, In addition, Slow Food Chicago will talk about the Ark of Taste, a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction, including crops from the Midwest.

Stay until the end of the workshop to network and exchange fruit and vegetable seeds with Slow Food Chicago starting at 11:00am. Seed Swap attendees are encouraged to bring their own seeds from home. Seeds from the Midwest Ark of Taste and Green City Market farmers will be available at the swap.

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AUA's Fall Gathering!
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

AUA's Fall Gathering!

Host: Advocates for Urban Agriculture

About:

We hope you can join us Thursday, Oct. 17th, 6pm-9pm, at 828 S. Wolcott Ave, for a celebration of the season and our community! In addition to merriment, catching up with friends new and old, and BYOB potluck, we'll be discussing several important policy and research updates. We want your voice there! The evening's topics include:

- Advocating for an equitable urban farm water policy. Currently, only two hydrant permits are available: 1) a community garden permit (not intended for production-oriented urban farms) 2) a temporary ‘festival’ hydrant rate, which at $83.78 per day is unaffordable for urban farms that need daily water for irrigation and post-harvest handling throughout the growing season. After a lengthy process led by affected stakeholders, our recommendations to the city and sign-on letter will be ready for discussion and review as we prepare for next steps.


- Organizing against the proposed Chicago Livestock Ordinance. Introduced this September by Aldermen Lopez (15th ward) and Napolitano (41st ward) without meaningful community input, this ordinance would hinder the ability of Chicago residents and urban farmers to grow and raise their own food through fees, fines, and unnecessary burdensome regulations. Read on for action alert steps you can take now.


- Perceptions of urban agriculture through the lens of urban farmers and developers in Black communities throughout Chicago. This discussion will be led by Dr. Saria Lofton of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lofton is a health diagnosis researcher that focuses on health promotion in the Black community locally and internationally.

Invite your friends! Spanish interpretation and childcare available to all who RSVP by October 10th. We'll be gathering at the Thompson Room of UIC's Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave, accessible by the Blue/Pink line and other public transit options. Questions? Contact us at info@auachicago.org See you soon!

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Chicago’s Right to Good Food: Film Screening & Panel
Oct
16
5:00 PM17:00

Chicago’s Right to Good Food: Film Screening & Panel

Join us at the Cassidy Theater for a screening of La Via Campesina in Movement… Food Sovereignty now!  to uplift our current good food initiatives and to set forth a food sovereignty vision for Chicago. The screening will be followed by a panel of speakers. This event is in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE).

Event panel speakers include:

  • Erika Allen, Urban Growers Collective

  • Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance

  • Kim Wasserman, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

  • Fawn Pochel, American Indian Center

Event Program:

5 PM - Pre-screening reception

6 PM - Screening of La Via Campesina in Movement… Food Sovereignty now!

7 PM - Panel

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2nd Wednesday Lecture: Immigration and Urban Agriculture
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Immigration and Urban Agriculture

Host:

Garfield Park Conservatory

About:

This experience is free and open to the public. Excited to see you! RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.


“Immigration and Urban Agriculture”

Join us as we continue the tough conversations that will enlighten and activate our best selves.

We welcome you to gain insight into how matters of people, place, and green space matter – in Chicago and beyond.

Vivi Moreno is a Native of Maracaibo, Venezuela. A queer immigrant who has been living in Chicago for almost 10 years. Vivi organizes with the Semillas de Justicia Community Garden. A garden overseen by the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) that services over 40 immigrant families in the Little Village neighborhood. Vivi is also a 1/3 worked-owner of Catatumbo Cooperative Farm. A worker cooperative urban farm formed by three Queer, womxn and Gender Non-conforming immigrants in South Chicago. She spends her spare time farming, and imagining a world where people of color can have sovereign and reciprocal relationships with land. She knows this road isn’t challenging but she was born for La Lucha. She likes spending lots of time in nature, and having conversations about cats.

We are in for an amazing experience as we gather here to gain and share insight on these matters.

Go here for more info on Vivi Moreno: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/food-faith/semillas/


At Garfield Park Conservatory we hope to accommodate you in you having your best experience. If you have a request for accommodations, please contact Mattie Wilson at mwilson@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766.

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Chicago Good Food Month 2019
Oct
1
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Good Food Month 2019

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We are excited to announce we are joining forces with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Grow Greater Englewood, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Urban Growers Collective, and the American Indian Center to launch Chicago’s very first Good Food Month Celebration. We’re celebrating the entire month of October inspired by World Food Day (Oct 16) and in solidarity with US Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Food Week of Action (October 13-20).

Explore events that are part of the month-long celebration below!

Chicago is a city of robust community-led groups, urban growers, and food justice leaders. We invite you to submit events your community events to highlight good food initiatives as part of Good Food Month Celebration Calendar. We’ll update our calendar of events as we receive submissions.

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Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Food Justice on Tap: CFPAC Fundraiser at Lagunitas Taproom

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Join us for an evening of brews and bites at Lagunitas Taproom. Proceeds from beer sales go right back to CFPAC! So bring a friend to toss one (or a few) back with us as we raise money for food justice in Chicago!

All proceeds will go towards our work to co-develop, facilitate, and advocate for policies supporting food justice and sovereignty in Chicago and across Illinois.

Appetizers will be provided by Coopertiva Visionarias.

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Copy of Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
27
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Starting a Food Business (The Hatchery)

May 20: Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery’s cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you’ll get started on the right track.

An experienced business attorney will also cover the many options for structuring your business entity: limited liability company, corporation, “S” corp, sole proprietorship, and partnership. Which structure is right for your venture? Learn the legal implications of each, so you can make an informed decision.

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! Standard Cost: $40

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Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Your Logo's Great, But How's Your BRAND? (The Hatchery Chicago)

When you hear the word “brand”, what comes to mind? Is it a logo, a color, a name? The most impactful and successful brands consider elements far outside this basic scope. In this seminar, we’ll pull back the curtain to look at what the big brands know about activating loyal customers. Discover how to fully capitalize on your brand and how you can effectively communicate your brand identity to customers, buyers, and investors by using crafty and affordable methods.

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! The standard cost is $30.

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Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Copy of Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)
May
9
3:00 PM15:00

Copy of Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)

Learn how diverse businesses can benefit from the clean energy economy! New state legislation called the Future Energy Jobs Act has created new Illinois solar programs to include those who have traditionally been left behind. We want to ensure a diverse local workforce has access to these opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Minority-/women-/veteran-owned business

  • Contractors, electricians, or technicians interested in solar

  • Solar job trainees

  • Developers

This event will be held in two locations - please RSVP for only one of the following:

1805 S. Loomis Street, Chicago IL 60608

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

  • Lozano Branch Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60628

  • Thursday, May 9th, 2019

  • Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Why attend?

Learn about solar project opportunities and talk to professionals who can guide you through the new Illinois solar programs. The event will cover:

  • Legislation and Program Overview

  • Solar Workforce Opportunities

  • Next Steps and Future Events

  • Networking

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Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Workshop - Obtaining a City of Chicago Pop-Up License (Plant Chicago)
May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Workshop - Obtaining a City of Chicago Pop-Up License (Plant Chicago)

Are you considering a pop-up for your business? Learn how to become a pop-up host or user under the new City of Chicago pop-up license!

About this Event

Are you considering a pop-up for your business? Or is your business currently in a brick and mortar and looking to share space? Come check out this workshop in which the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship will give us the lowdown on Chicago's new pop-up license, which allows businesses to rent out their retail/restaurant space during off hours to other businesses who do not have a brick and mortar retail location. This license could be a great opportunity for small businesses like you to try out a brick and mortar shop without the commitment of purchasing or signing a long-term lease on a storefront. It’s also a great opportunity for small businesses who have a brick and mortar space and wouldn’t mind sharing costs and allowing another business to “pop up” in their space.

Like any Chicago business license, navigating the rules of the Pop-Up License can be tricky. IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship is here to help! During the session, the IJ Clinic will cover how to become a pop-up host, a pop-up user, and a few other permit-related items to keep in mind when popping up, for example sign code regulations.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Free Event

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Develop Your Value Proposition Workshop (The Hatchery)

Do you know your customer? What problem is your offering solving for them? Why would they purchase from you and not from your competitors? A guided workshop will help you master your Value Proposition through a better understanding of your customer, competitive and market environments, and design an offering that your customers actually want to buy. 

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! Standard Cost: $30

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Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)
Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)

Learn how diverse businesses can benefit from the clean energy economy! New state legislation called the Future Energy Jobs Act has created new Illinois solar programs to include those who have traditionally been left behind. We want to ensure a diverse local workforce has access to these opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Minority-/women-/veteran-owned business

  • Contractors, electricians, or technicians interested in solar

  • Solar job trainees

  • Developers

This event will be held in two locations - please RSVP for only one of the following:

1805 S. Loomis Street, Chicago IL 60608

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

  • Lozano Branch Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60628

  • Thursday, May 9th, 2019

  • Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Why attend?

Learn about solar project opportunities and talk to professionals who can guide you through the new Illinois solar programs. The event will cover:

  • Legislation and Program Overview

  • Solar Workforce Opportunities

  • Next Steps and Future Events

  • Networking

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Apr
30
7:30 AM07:30

BEST PRACTICES IN RECALL & RISK MANAGEMENT (2019 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SERIES)

Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network

Join us for the first event in our 2019 Science & Technology Series - Best Practices in Recall & Risk Management. Our panel of industry leaders will examine the many facets of dealing with and moving forward in a recall and look at the challenges of risk management - a timely topic which is back in the public spotlight with recent recalls at several large food manufacturers and extensive media coverage!

It's the scenario we all dread: a product recall. With FDA recall rates at notable highs it is important to ask, "Who do you need on your team and what do you need to manage a recall and crisis in today's world?"

Join us for coffee and and refreshments as a cross-functional panel of industry insiders, with multiple perspectives - legal, insurance/financial, crisis communications, and food safety/food science perspective - discusses and provides insights into the modern evolution of product recall.

A discussion on best practices for food & beverage recalls using real life "ripped from the headlines" scenarios. With continued conversation on the "ins and outs" of surviving and maintaining a healthy, growing brand by proactively preparing for the worst.

Registration: $60 for non-members

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop Public (The Deep Roots Project)
Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop Public (The Deep Roots Project)

Healthy soil is dark, well-drained and loose. Once you’ve established your perfect garden, it is important that you maintain the health of your garden’s soil. The Natural Resource Conservation Service defines soil health as a soil’s capacity to function as an ecosystem that supports plants, animals, and humans. Indicators of healthy soil include loose granular structure, well-drained but moist soil, and a relatively dark soil color (influenced by organic matter).

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Avoiding compaction, covering with dense leaf mulch, applying organic matter, adding biochar, and keeping the soil covered are simple tips that will reap great rewards.

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Somos el Color de la Tierra | We Are the Color of the Earth
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Somos el Color de la Tierra | We Are the Color of the Earth

This past summer, a group of gardeners from Little Village and Englewood visited each other's gardens. At the end of the tours, they shared a meal together and continued to get to know each other more and build community. 

Join us on April 13th from 3-5pm at 1434 W. 51st St. Chicago to see the beautiful photos of last summers exchange! 📸

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UIC Heritage Garden Seed Swap
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

UIC Heritage Garden Seed Swap

  • Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Resident’s Dining Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Spring Seed Swap! Presented by the UIC Heritage Garden
What role do seeds play in advancing food sovereignty?
How does community gardening cultivate cultural diversity?
How does gardening heal a community?

Join the UIC Heritage Garden for our Fifth annual Spring Seed Swap! We invite gardeners, organizations, and community members interested in learning more about gardening, environmental sustainability and social justice. Anyone can come share knowledge, stories, and resources with others, and make new friends from around the city.

Admission is free: you do not need to bring seeds to attend. Refreshments will be served.

When: Sunday April 7, 2019 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Resident’s Dining Hall, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60607.

Donations are welcomed.

The Following Organizations/Groups will be here!
+Chicago Community Gardeners Association
+University of Illinois Extension
+Garfield Park Community Council
+The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market
+Marimacha Monarca Press
+Freshwater lab
+American Indian Center of Chicago
+Telpochcalli Community Education Program
+Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
+Seeds in Service
+Field Museum's Urban Monarch initiative
+Ruckus Teens

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