by Lisa Shames - 25 Reviews - 9 List
You recycle, take public transportation and shop at farmers markets, but that doesn't mean you should ignore your inner foodie and fashionista. From a stylish West Loop restaurant housed in a gold-level LEED-certified building to a hair salon decked out in recycled barn wood, going green isn't just good for the Earth, it's good for you too. (Photo: Chicago French Market)
Updated: April 05, 2010
Stock your kitchen with fresh, seasonal local produce and minimally processed foods at these eco-friendly markets.
Sure, its sustainable practices, including recycled design materials, aggressive recycling and a compost program with a local city farm, are cool. But if New American chef Randy Zweiban didn't serve great food at his restaurant, all would be for naught. No worries here.
Remember when green conjured up visions of unkempt hippies that smelled of patchouli? Those days are over. Celebrate at Karen Marie Salon, a new Bucktown beauty stop where the eco-friendly practices--the store stocks nicely scented, green hair products and donates hair clippings to Matter of Trust, which uses them to soak up oil spills around the world--go hand-in-hand with hip haircuts, perfect color and glam makeup.
Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. This cute Ukrainian Village non-profit shop, whose motto is ?fair to producers and good to the Earth,? proudly displays the provenance of its offerings, which range from Sigg water bottles from Switzerland to paper made from elephant dung (sounds gross, looks cool). We dare you not to find something you want to buy.
Not convinced Uncommon Ground's eco-conscious vibe is the real deal? Just ask about its 2,500-square-foot organic rooftop garden with five solar panels that heat water for the Rogers Park restaurant. Better yet, try one of the green-leaning cocktails, such as the Interim, with organic vodka and apple cider from local producer Seedling, and then order up a few farm-to-table dishes, like the all-natural turkey melt with beer-braised cabbage.
Starting kids off on the right, eco-friendly foot is the idea behind this East Village boutique, where you'll find organic and healthy products, clothing and furniture for babies and children, hand-selected by the owner, herself a mother of two. Now if only the mod green leatherette highchair from Bloom came in your size.
Add some literal color to your life at this Bucktown paint store specializing in environmentally friendly products. Don't expect to find any yawn-inducing earth tones here. Rather, the store's signature C2 paint uses a 16-colorant European tinting system and offers 496 handcrafted colors. But, if you insist, they have plenty of shades of green, too.
Pastry punk princess Michelle Garcia (check out her rad tattoos) along with her husband Vinny please a variety of food types at this cute-as-a-button Lakeview bakery that specializes in using local, sustainable and organic ingredients for their brownies, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods. The vegan Take-a-Hike scone will make you a believer, and celiacs are also catered to.
This intimate West Town market makes being an organic-loving locavore in Chicago a much easier--and tastier--endeavor. There's fresh produce from Midwest farms, tilapia from Flanagan, Il.-based Aqua Ranch, locally made doughnuts, and Ciao Bella gelato. If the store's name didn't tip you off to its slant, then the green-painted walls certainly will.
A certified-organic pizza joint may sound like a misnomer but that's exactly what you'll find at Ukranian Village's Crust. With his farm-fresh salads, hearty sandwiches and wood-fired flatbreads, chef Michael Altenberg proves that going organic doesn't mean giving up flavor. Toast your good fortune with the flamkuchen and a seasonal flight of house-infused organic Prairie vodka.
Just when it seemed like every city but Chicago was enjoying indoor access to local artisans and food purveyors, we finally get in on the year-round European-inspired action, too. The 15,000-square-foot food emporium has 30 individual vendors selling items that range from fresh-baked pastries and certified organic produce and meat to squeezed-to-order juices and raw, whole food offerings.