Things to Know About Chicago VeganMania 2016:
the Broadway Armory
the Food Court Works
Commitment to the Environment
About the Broadway Armory
as the Chicago Park District’s largest indoor recreational facility,
the 87-year old, but newly renovated Broadway Armory is
transition to become a mini convention center and exhibit hall. It is
the ideal size for Chicago VeganMania, and has a lot of amenities that
will help make this year’s event truly special. Here are some of the
building’s features, and the way we’ll be using them.
• At its center, Chicago VeganMania will
feature the 22,000 sq ft
Exhibit Hall, that will house our amazing Vegan Food Court
(more than a
dozen restaurant vendors), a large dining area, and space for at least
100 exhibiting vendors.
Our Chef Demo Stage
is located in a beautiful new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen on the
Our Main Presenter Stage
is located in a gorgeously
second-floor space featuring bamboo flooring and large windows that
provide a view of the festivities below.
• Directly below the Chef Demo
Stage is the Workshop Room, that
provides a more intimate
and interactive setting for panels and interactive events.
Culture Café is in the same room as the last three years,
but with a
larger stage for a roster full of great
musical acts, as well as a mini spa with chair massage and other
natural body care practitioners, gourmet coffee, a vegan
milk bar. The Culture Café is right off the
Exhibit Hall, but will feel like a completely different world.
• Our other favorite features will all be
including a lively and activity-packed Kids’ Zone, a
bookstore, a brand-new Red
Carpet Paparazzi Photo Wall and more. We’re also working
on some other new excitements to enhance your Chicago VeganMania
is at 5917 North Broadway
in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, a few
blocks from the lakefront about seven miles north of the Loop.
Broadway Armory in a larger map
Armory is just two blocks north and two blocks west of the northern
terminus of Lake Shore Drive. It's also just steps away from the
Thorndale Stop of the Red Line. Read on to help you decide the best way
to get there.
don't have a special deal worked with any particular hotel, but there
are a number of reasonably priced places to stay nearby. We live here,
so we haven't stayed at any of them, and we can't vouch for them,
though they all probably have to be pretty good to survive in the
Chicago market. But if you stay at one and have a lousy time, please
House 5863 Bed & Breakfast, 5863 N. Glenwood Ave,
Chicago – 773.682.5217
Western University Plaza, 1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL –
European Inn, 1566 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL – 847.869.2273
Lincoln Park, 601 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago,
Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St,
Chicago. – 312.254.4700
you would rather save a few bucks and maybe even make a new friend or
by spending the night on the sofa of some Chicago-area vegan. There are
a few open places to stay in the loosely organized Chicago Vegan
Couchsurfing Network. If you'd like to find one of them,
or if you live
in or near Chicago and would like to open your home to some friendly
travelers, please contact Gill (which is
pronounced with a soft G like Jill). Please let her know in the subject
line that you're interested in couchsurfing.
Broadway Armory is really easy to get to by public transportation, and
if this is a viable option for you, we strongly recommend it.
By el train:
stop of the Red Line
is literally just a few steps away from
the main entrance to the Armory. Just walk out the entrance, take a
right and walk less than half a block to Broadway, turn left and cross
the street and you're there. If you're coming from the northern
suburbs, you can take the Yellow
Line from Skokie or the Purple Line
from Wilmette or Evanston to Howard Street where you can transfer to
the Red Line. Every other el train line connects to the Red Line
downtown, and it's pretty easy to get on the el system from Metra.
The 36 Broadway
stops right at the entrance of the Armory and several
other bus lines travel nearby. Get bus and train maps and schedules at Transit
Chicago or keep up with the latest bus schedules at CTA Bus Tracker.
There is metered street parking all
along Broadway that will take credit cards or you can pay through the ParkChicago app.
None of the closest residential streets have restricted parking either.
bicycle is a wonderful way to get to Chicago VeganMania. The Armory is
less than a half mile from the northern end of the Lakefront Trail, and
Broadway has a bike lane. The Thorndale red line stop has PLENTY of
places to park your bike on the south side of Thorndale. There are even
2 sets of bike tools in the bike parking lot to help you if you have a
flat. Please make sure to lock up your bike safely as always!
How the Food Court Works
of the many exciting things, and for many the most exciting thing
about Chicago VeganMania, is our spectacular vegan food court. This
year, it will be bigger and more exciting than ever with more than a
dozen vendors including many of Chicago's most beloved vegan and
of the restaurants will directly take cash. Instead, we have minted our
own currency, V-Bucks,
especially for the event. Our new $1 coins are just
another reminder that we're creating a whole new world. They're made
from aluminum and embossed with unique graphics that symbolize the mood
of the festival.
Near the main entrance and near the food court, there will be several
currency stations where you can exchange American dollars for the coins
from the Democratic Republic of VeganMania. These will be the only
accepted in the Food Court. The other vendors throughout the exhibit
hall will be conducting business using US money.
there is anything better than coming to Chicago VeganMania, it is being
among the first 100 to get in the door. In what has become a CVM
tradition, the lucky early birds will each receive a lovely cotton tote
bag loaded with all kinds of vegan food, body care products and other
goodies. It's just another way we like to thank you for being a part of
our big day. One note: people do show up early - at least an hour or
more before the door opens, so if you want a Swag Bag, you'll have to
do the same.
The Greening Stations
vegan is about a lot more than just not eating animals. We see it as
living in harmony with the world, and as such, we at Chicago VeganMania
feel a deep commitment to protecting our city and our planet. One of
the most serious expressions of this is our Green Team and our greening
We start by insisting that all of our exhibitors use eco-friendly
compostable and recyclable utensils and packaging, and we avoid the use
of disposable objects wherever possible. Then, instead of trash cans
throughout the venue, we have Greening Stations, each staffed by a
Green Team volunteer, so that anything you throw away is immediately
sorted into compostable, recyclable and landfill waste. This is all
sorted more carefully later in a back room until we have saved
everything that can possibly be diverted from the waste stream.
As a result, our event last year – which was attended by more than 4,000
combined to eat thousands of plates of food and all
sampled food from dozens of other vendors – sent a total of five bags
of trash to the landfill, while turning more than fifteen times that
amount into new products or rich soil.
Our Commitment to the Environment
by being or becoming vegan, we each have a profound positive effect not
only on our own health and the lives of billions of animals, but we
lessen our negative impact on water pollution, water scarcity, soil
erosion, fuel consumption, desertification, rainforest destruction,
species extinction, global warming, the death of our oceans and a whole
host of other environmental problems.
Beyond that, and beyond all the Greening Stations and Water Stations,
we at Chicago VeganMania take a number of steps to conserve the
environment. We do most of our promotion online, which saves a ton of
paper. Our t-shirts are made from
organic cotton and we repurpose and reuse materials whenever possible.
We love the planet, and we particularly love all the people on it,
especially in the beautiful city we call home. We have built what
we believe to be a prototype of a world of compassion, happiness,
abundance and vibrant health, and it is our goal to
delight and inspire everyone who comes in the door. We sincerely hope
that you have a wonderful time, and that you feel refreshed, energized
and empowered by the experience.
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