Vegan culture and community have grown rapidly in the
last few years. Not long ago, most people had never heard the word vegan. Vegans –
people who live compassionately by not eating or wearing animals or
products that come from animals – were basically invisible. We did much
of our shopping in tiny health food co-ops, and our dining in a few
carefully selected restaurants.
Now there are dozens of products with the word vegan gracing the fronts
of the packaging in most supermarkets, and vegan options abound in
dining establishments all over the place. Celebrities describe how their
vegan diets give them their sexy bodies or protect them from heart
disease, and the small but burgeoning vegan culture is moving from the
fringes to middle America.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chicago.
Famous as the "hog butcher to the world", Chicago boasts at least 18
exclusively vegan restaurants (and dozens more vegan-friendly
ones), several local vegan food companies, and a rapidly growing
community of herbivores.
Chicago VeganMania is a celebration of this dynamic new community. We
bring together the vegan restaurants and food companies, leaders and
entrepreneurs, doctors and chefs,
businesses and organizations, singers and dancers, and we put them in
one big place to show them all off to the world.
You certainly don't have to be vegan to attend or enjoy Chicago VeganMania.
You don't even have to understand or care why people would adopt a
vegan lifestyle. We just want you to have fun. Chicago
VeganMania is basically a big friendly party, a festival where you can eat
wonderful food, enjoy great music and lively entertainment, and have an
opportunity to discover unique vegan products and learn the secrets of
vegan chefs. There are even places where you can learn about the whys
and hows of veganism is you're so inclined.
Our first seven celebrations exceeded everyone's expectations, and this
fall we'll be back, bigger than ever. So stop by and prepare yourself
for an exciting and wonderful day.
Vision, Mission and Values
Our Vision is to help create a world based on compassion, peace, and
respect for all living things, where people live in radiant good health
and have the full capacity to be active participants in all matters
of government and commerce as well as their own livelihood, a world
where everyone has a sincere appreciation for the interconnectedness of
the entire web of life.
The Mission of Chicago VeganMania is to celebrate, unite,
promote, and strengthen the diverse vegan culture, economy, and
community of Chicago and beyond. We provide a platform and audience for
vegan businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals through a
series of innovative programs and events culminating in an exciting,
inspirational, and fun annual weekend festival.
We eschew the killing, injuring, enslavement, or exploitation of all
people and all sentient creatures. The core human values of justice,
equality, peace, freedom, and goodwill are consistent with and
paramount to these vegan values, and we believe that all aggression and
exploitation, even if committed by those who purport to hold our own
standards, is not to be excused or tolerated.
We value the enterprise of those who choose to expand the vegan
culture, economy, and community by launching new businesses, products,
services, ideas, groups, and other forms of expression, and we are
committed to helping them all expand their voices, their audiences, and
their markets by offering them the platform and tools to achieve their
We acknowledge and value the larger community, and we recognize that
each of us is on our own path. We attempt to treat everyone's path with
respect and welcome while adhering to our core values. We invite everyone
into our events, including those whose values are contrary to our own.
We present our culture, economy and community in the spirit of sharing,
with goodwill toward all, and respect for each person's decision to
embrace our values or not. Our position is above judgment, cajoling,
ridicule, and bitter argument.
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