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We’re going big time! Chicago VeganMania 2012 moves to the beautiful Broadway Armory

Chicago VeganMania 2012

Saturday, September 29, 10am – 5pm

Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Chicago

Last year, Chicago VeganMania drew more than 2,500 attendees. It’s wonderful that we’re reaching so many people, but it put a huge strain on our venue. We love the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. We’ve had three great events there, and loved them all, but it’s time to move on to a bigger and more accessible venue.

Billed as the Chicago Park District’s largest indoor recreational facility, the 87-year old, but newly renovated Broadway Armory is also in transition to become a mini convention 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 the center of Chicago VeganMania is the massive Exhibit Hall (nearly 50% larger than last year’s three big halls combined!), that will house our amazing Food Court (as many as ten restaurant vendors), a large dining area, and space for at least 100 exhibiting vendors, including a bookstore, leading vegan companies and nonprofits, and of course, lots of tasty food samples.

Our Speaker Room is a gorgeously renovated second-floor space featuring bamboo flooring and large windows that provide a view of the festivities below. We’re in the process of recruiting a great roster of vegan leaders to educate and inspire you.

Directly below the Speaker Room is a brand new feature: the Workshop Room, where you can take part in workshops, panels and interactive events in a casual and intimate setting.

Another wonderful feature is the brand-new state-of-the-art Chef Demo Room, where you can watch some of your favorite chefs prepare their signature dishes (and taste them afterward!).

The Culture Café is also getting a big makeover, with a larger room and a larger stage for a roster full of great musical acts, as well as a beautiful art gallery, baked goodies, gourmet coffee and alternative 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 returning, including a lively and activity-packed Kids’ Zone, the popular Vegan Rockstar Photo Booth, the Graffiti Wall and more. We’re also working some other new excitements that we’ll announce as soon as they’re all set up.

The Broadway Armory is located at 5917 North Broadway in Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood, just two blocks north of the northern end of Lake Shore Drive and the lakefront trail, and steps away from the Thorndale el stop of the Red Line. Parking is a lot better than it was at Pulaski Park, but it still is Chicago, a place where a lot of people live and a lot of others like to visit, so we recommend taking the el train, bus or a bike. We are working with local businesses to try and secure more off-street parking.

Join Chicago VeganMania at the first ever Chicago Veggie Pride Parade!

Chicago Veggie Pride Parade

Saturday, June 2, at Noon – Starting at Balbo and Columbus

We are excited and proud to be a part of the first ever Chicago Veggie Pride Parade, which is destined to be another milestone event for Chicago’s compassionate community. This boisterous celebration also inspires the same enthusiasm and positive energy that we strive to create with Chicago VeganMania.

In fact, Chicago VeganMania is going to be there in force, and we want you to join us! The first 25 people to come to the Chicago VeganMania section and say they came because they read this newsletter will each get a free Chicago VeganMania t-shirt.

We want to make this a truly historic event, and one that will become as popular as our own festival (which will just keep getting more popular, too, so they both have to outdo each other).

The parade starts at noon, and everyone will be setting up around 11:00 at in Grant Park at Columbus and Balbo, just down and across the street from the Buckingham Fountain.

After the parade, there will be a great mini festival at the same place featuring several great speakers including Chicago VeganMania’s own Marla Rose, as well as Mercy For Animals’ new Chicago Coordinator Mikael Nielson, and restauranter extraordinnaire Karyn Calabrese. There will also be a costume contest, raffles, and lots of other great fun.

The organizers would like people to pre-register, which you can do here. Park District wants marchers to sign a waiver, which you can do here.

We’ll see you there!

We’re looking for 2012 volunteers

Last year, it took more than 200 dedicated volunteers to bring Chicago VeganMania to life. Help make this the best year ever by volunteering part of your day to make first time attendees feel the vegan love. Our volunteers are a lively and dynamic community and some of the coolest folks you’d ever want to hang out with. Plus each volunteer will receive a super-nifty organic Vegan Rockstar staff t-shirt, a Goody Bag packed with all kinds of wonderful stuff, and special access to the secret Volunteer Lounge, where you can get more treats and goodies. Also, any volunteer working more than five hours is entered into a raffle for some excellent vegan prizes. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

Questions?

Please contact us at [email protected]

More Updates

The next newsletter is scheduled to go out in late June. In the meantime, we try to keep the latest information on our website.

Chicago VeganMania 2012

Saturday, September 29th, from 10am-5pm

at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

chicagoveganmania.com

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Here’s the newsletter from right after Chicago VeganMania 2011

What a Day! Newsletter, November 2011: The Big Recap of the Big Day

Whew! We did it! It’s over! Now, let’s start planning for next year!

Well, maybe we’ll take a few days to rest first…While you’re resting, here are some fun facts about this year’s event:

2500 people joined in the celebration of vegan cuisine, culture, and community

We partnered with 15 sponsors

70 business and non-profit organizations had tables in two exhibit halls and the Culture Café

10 organizations donated items for our attendee and volunteer goodie bags

More than 100 people signed up to volunteer, and exhibitor and sponsors donated 25 prizes to reward these hardworking people

Our Greening team achieved an 85% diversion rate (85% of what would have been garbage at any other event was able to be recycled or composted instead)

More than 200 pictures were taken at our Vegan Rockstar Photo Booth

We had way more media coverage than in past years

Now here’s a rundown of some of the exciting things that happened at Chicago VeganMania 2011:

Speakers/Workshops

Chicago VeganMania started taking form years ago when a group of us held an annual conference and brought speakers in from across the country to speak to a few hundred Chicago area activists. Chicago VeganMania has branched out considerably since then into the popular and dynamic cultural event it is today, but we will always have great speakers because education and outreach are important aspects of building the vegan community. Over the years, we have drawn passionate, memorable speakers, and this year was no different.

We started out the day with Pamela Ziemann, who offered a workshop called “Giving Voice to Your Cause,” which helped attendees build their communications skills with playful but effective improvisation games. Next, Mercy For Animals’ Kenny Torrella spoke on “Inspiring Compassion: Putting Our Ethics on the Table,” which addressed the current state of industrial agriculture and how the treatment of animals conflicts with our values of compassion. Next was our “Powered By Plants” panel, featuring some amazing local and national athletes: Nicole Sopko, Amanda Riester, Brian Duda, and Robert Cheeke shared their insights and experience to an eager crowd on “plant strong” fitness. Vegan Outreach’s Jon Camp spoke on “Getting the Goods: Impacting Animals Through Effective Vegetarian Outreach,” simple strategies for being as effective as possible for the animals. Cynthia Bathurst of Project Safe Humane spoke on “Lifetime Bonds: At-Risk Youth and At-Risk Dogs Helping One Another,” teaching about the far-reaching effect humane education has on at-risk dogs and youth in the city, and the positive ripple effect that has on communities throughout the city.

It was heartwarming to see the room buzzing with people throughout the day, even at this event with so many other features. Every talk had great, passionate interaction by engaged, energized people, nodding in agreement, sometimes emotional, but all very present. The speakers are a cornerstone of Chicago VeganMania because that is where so many people make deeper connections and have a chance to absorb new information. It is also a place for those who are already vegan to build their communications know how and just be among like-minded people. We are very grateful to the talented speakers and the engaged audiences we attracted this year in our speaker room.

Chef Demos

The back half of the West Gym was a hive of activity as several of Chicago’s finest vegan chefs gathered to share their expertise to an eager audience. The day beagn with Laviyah Ayanna of The Vegan Food Truck and Ste Martaen vegan cheese who made quesadillas with Ste Marten Cheese. People were interested to hear about her adventures with the Food Truck, and her continuing adventures in business. She was followed by The Chicago Diner’s heralded pastry chef, Melissa Sabaduquia. Melissa has been with the Diner for about a year and has brought a load of energy and talent to the process. Next up came the inimitable and always entertaining first couple of Chicago Soydairy (creators of Temptation ice cream, Teese cheese and Dandies marshmallows), Ryan & Mary Howard, who prepared a variety of common dishes all involving Teese. Their playful banter made it feet like you were in their kitchen at home and they were sharing a bit of their life. Then it was time for one of Chicago’s great raw chefs, Linda Szarkowski of Green Spirit, who prepared Savory Spinach Spread and Red Pepper Cheeze Dip. Linda, always the consummate professional, instructed the group on the finer points of Raw Food Prep. The day ended on a sweet note with Sandi Swiss, the goddess behind Canary Confectionery, who created pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. All chefs shared their creations with the appreciative crowd, making for a satisfying, enlightening and instructive day.

Vegan Food Court

The Vegan Food Court was the first stop on a lot of Chicago VeganMania attendees’ to-do list, and this year we had the best collection of restaurants we’ve had to date. The venerable Chicago Diner was there in force with a mini-version of their world famous Radical Reuben that they called the Reuben Slider. Next door, Chicago’s new Thai sensation, Urban Vegan, was serving some very tasty Yellow Curry, Orange Soy Chicken, Tom Yum Tofu and other wondrous Siamese delights. A lot of longtime vegans got their first tastes of Chicago Hot Dogs (and several other innovative gournet dogs) at Drew’s Eatery. For almost the entire day, there was a long line at newly rechristened Soul Vegan, where they kept the crowd fed with the Bbq seitan rib tips, veggie gyros, mac & cheese, collard greens and smoothies. And our local faux-meat entreprenuers, Upton’s Naturals, dazzled the crowds with gooey nachos, tamales, and a lively roasted seitan sandwich they dubbed “The Coach.” Next to them, Devon Street’s excellent Indian restaurant Arya Bhavan served up savory samosas, channa masala and other delicacies from the subcontinent. The Vegan Food Truck showed off some very meaty vegan versions of wings, cheesesteak and other hearty dishes that demonstrated why they were voted the best vegan food truck in the country by the readers of VegNews. And attendees could end their perfect meals with a truly heavenly collection of cupcakes, cookies, truffles and other vegan goodies from Canary Confectionery.

Everyone brought copius amounts of food, but thanks to the collective appetite of the large and ravenous crowd,

most places completely sold out by the end of the day.

Entertainment Stage

Despite the fact that we had two last minute cancellations, the stage was lively and exciting all day long. Things opened up right on time with Zach, an enthusiastic performer who came all the way from Columbus, Ohio, and lit up the stage with a powerful performance of original songs backing himself with some impressive work on the acoustic guitar. Not contenting himself with the limits of the stage, he took a dancing performance all the way through the whole auditorium. He was followed by an impressive Matthew Brockman who came down from the Culture Café to fill one of the vacant slots, and sang with a defiant longing that seemed to channel Kurt Cobain and Bright Eyes. Then it was time for some exciting preteen hip hop and breakdancing with an energetic performance from Kidz in the Mix, a wonderful group of youngsters guided by choreographer Tanja Pajou. Next was a stirring performace of beautiful gospel-tinged soul music, sung by YAW and Khari Lemuel under the name The Ones. Their gorgeous voices soared through the rafters and further uplifted the already charged up crowd. The ambient rhythmic sound of The Exponential followed. This sonic experiment from the duo of Ben Perkins and Brian Murray combines Indian raga with various world percussions, electronic loops and subtle melodies to create a hypnotic wall of sound. The ambient vibe continued until the end of the afternoon with DJ Dominion who layered vintage synthesizers over a bed of bass & drums and classic electronica.

Culture Café

The Chicago Vegan Mania Culture Cafe was a dynamic showcase of vegan culture and talent. Live abstract artist Zac Franzoni, Marci Rubin Art and Framing Mode & Gallery provided fine art, design and color to the lofty space. Michele Rubin’s jewelry table, adorned with necklaces, rings and bracelets sparkled in the glow of the afternoon sunlight. She generously donated her profits to CVM and Mercy For Animals.

Expressive spoken word poetry and live music captivated listeners on the Culture Cafe Stage. Poets Jodi Daquilanea, Steve Brightman, and T.M. Göttl performed their original works. Live musicians performed eclectic original and cover compositions, keeping the Culture Cafe rockin all day long. The Culture Cafe Stage music lineup was celebrated by Robinlee Garber, Ahymnsa, Mari Therese, Immovable Types, and Ollie Davidson. DJ Veganinblack MC-ed the Culture Cafe Stage and kept the electronic beats from Moby, Sarah McLaughlin and Depeche Mode connecting the acts.

Chicago’s Delicious Cafe offered vegan baked goods and expertly slowly brewed organic Counter Culture Coffee. The Alternative Milk Bar demonstrated that dairy is not the only “milk” choice available. These yummy cruelty free alternatives included: soy, rice, hemp, coconut, and almond.

The Vegan Rockstar Photo Booth was a great success. The camera captured attendees posing with whimsically painted cardboard instrument props on a stage. Over 200 pictures of adoring festival fans were taken and can be seen in a gallery here and in a soon-to-be-released music video. Next to the photo booth, three towering Graffiti Wall panels entertained Chicago VeganMania attendees of all ages. Over-sized multi-colored sidewalk chalk invited anonymous tags and expressions for an interactive work of collaborative art.

Family Activities Area

The young and young at heart were kept busy by creative activities at our newly expanded Family Activities Area. Kids were given the chance to decorate and eat their own vegan (and gluten-free!) cupcakes, thanks to Betty Alper and the gang at Bot Bakery. A table staffed by the Peggy Notebaart Nature Museum helped kids build beautiful keepsake nature journals. And the youngsters rocked and rolled at day on the mini playground provided by our friends at Balance Boards and Beams. Our impressive volunteer staff, headed by vegan moms Lisa Joy Rosing and Mandy Solon, also kept the kids busy with a Build Your Own Animal Sanctuary exhibit, facepainting, pumpkin painting, animal mask making, a children’s Graffiti Wall, and a wide range of arts and craft activities.

Exhibit Halls

The throngs of festival-goers turned to shoppers who packed the two large gymnasiums that served as our exhibit halls. The East Gym held twenty food booths (and the Chef Demos) where attendees could sample gourmet vegan marshmallows, cheese, popcorn, kombucha, chocolates, fruits and juices, pocket sandwiches, and all manner of baked goodies. The West Gym was the place to go to find vegan clothing, handbags, jewelry and accessories, a wonderful array of bodycare, cosmetics, fragrances, candles, pillows, household goods and books as well as services ranging from wellness care to financial planning. The West Gym also housed a broad assortment of great nonprofits from vegan and animal rights, animal welfare and animal rescue groups to environmental and local food groups. Many of our generous sponsors and media sponsors also had tables here. Many of our exhibitors sold completely or mostly out of their goods, gave away almost all their literature, and talked themselves hoarse by the end of the day, and most we’ve talked to so far said they were impressed both by the size and the enthusiasm of the crowds.

All in all, it was a splendid day. We are very grateful to all who particpated and brought their time and energy into making it so special. This is the kind of event where every attendee is a co-creator, and literally everyone there helped contribute to the wonderful vibe that permeated the air.

Green Team

From the beginning, we’ve strived to make Chicago VeganMania an eco-friendly event. We maintained a free Water Station, so festival goers would not be washing down their meals with bottled water. We’ve located the event near an el train line to encourage the use of public transportation. And we’ve set strong standards requiring compostable tableware of our restaurants and exhibitors. Most significant of all, we have an amazing group of volunteers working behind the scenes to divert every possible bit of trash out of the wastestream and into a process where it would be either recycled or composted. Under the warm leadership of the amazing Gill Gillono, the Green Team successfully recovered more than 85% of the event’s waste. Put another way, there were eight restaurants feeding full meals to 2,500 people, plus thousands of food samples handed out, hundreds of children building craft projects, and dozens of exhibitors setting up and tearing down elaborate displays and handing out thousands of peices of literature and selling many thousands of dollars worth of goods — yet the entire event generated only six bags of trash! The other 85% (by volume — more than 95% by weight) of refuse was taken away by our sponsor Collective Resource of Evanston, who will start the process of converting it into either new products or rich soil. Congratulations and Thank You Green Team!

Now Please Take Our Survey

So now that we’ve given you some information, we would like you to give us some information – we have put together a short survey and ask that you please take a moment to give us your feedback about your experience with the event. There were several new things we did this year that were a direct result of previous feedback, and hopefully, we will continue to improve the event with your help.

Thank you

Take the Chicago VeganMania 2011 survey here

Volunteers

Thanks to the almost 100 volunteers who donated their time and hard work to make our event successful. Through the generosity of our exhibitors and sponsors, we were able to provide prizes for almost a quarter of our volunteers. Anyone who worked five hours or more was entered into a raffle, and here are the prize winners!

Alisa Simms, Anita Simms, Anna Valianos, Arlette Yolo, Asha Berry, Brandon Bohn, Carol Feingold, Clyde Coleman, Corinne DiLorenzo, Jim Glackin, Johna Yolo, Karen Glazik, Katie Morris, Kevin Cooney, Lisa Joy, Mandy Solon, Rachael Jones, Robert Wayner, VB Patrick McNurle, Clinton Duckworth, Patrick Burke and Ryan Sobe

Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated items for our goodie bags, prizes for our volunteers, and cupcakes for the Family Activity Area, as well as monetary donations!

•  Action For Animals

•  Bot Bakery

•  DeCapo Press

•  Gardein

•  Green Choice Bank

•  Mercy For Animals

•  Mindful Metropolis

•  Natural Awakenings

•  Nielsen Family

•  No Voice Unheard

•  PETA

•  Something Beautiful

•  Tamasin Noyes

•  Taste-A-Thon

•  Turtle Island Foods

•  WayFare

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to all our exhibitors and sponsors, whose support helps us put on this amazing event!

Sponsors

•  Chicago Soydairy (Platinum)

•  John Beske Communications/Wide Awake Books (Platinum)

•  The Chicago Diner (Gold)

•  Consolidated Printing (Gold)

•  Veg Fund (Gold)

•  Mercy for Animals (Silver)

•  Book Publishing Company (Bronze)

•  Collective Resource (Bronze)

•  Soul Vegan (Bronze)

•  CLTV (Media)

•  Mindful Metropolis (Media)

•  Natural Awakenings (Media)

•  WCPT (Media)

•  Framing Mode Gallery

•  Teknosis Audio

Click here for sponsor descriptions and links

Exhibitors

Food Court

•  Arya Bhavan

•  Canary Confectionery

•  The Chicago Diner

•  Drew’s Eatery

•  Soul Vegan

•  Urban Vegan

•  Upton’s Naturals

•  The Vegan Food Truck/Ste. Martaen

Click here for festival map and food court booth locations

East Gym

•  Back to the Roots

•  Bot Bakery

•  Chicago Soydairy

•  Chocolate Inspirations

•  Door to Door Organics

•  Green Spirit Living

•  Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

•  Juice Plus

•  Karyn’s Fresh Corner

•  Kat’s Hot Cakes

•  Montalbano Farms

•  NessAlla Kombucha

•  The Pasty Oven

•  Theo Chocolate

•  Tomato Mountain Farm

•  WayFare

Click here for festival map and food court booth locations

West Gym

•  A Well Fed World

•  Action for Animals

•  Arbonne

•  Body Karma

•  Book Publishing Company

•  Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue

•  CARE Evanston Animal Shelter

•  Chicago Canine Rescue

•  Chicago Vegan Cooperative

•  Chiro One Wellness Centers

•  Cleo Roos

•  Consolidated Printing

•  CW Jewelry

•  Devoted to Healing/GFREEV

•  Door to Door Organics

•  Eagle Strategies

•  Edgy Petal

•  Ethically Engineered

•  FamilyFarmed.org

•  Fox Valley Nutrition

•  Green Choice Bank

•  Haiti Reads

•  The Herbivore Clothing Co.

•  Hoops and Loops

•  John Beske Communications/Wide Awake Books

•  Karma Healing Solutions

•  Koru Street

•  Kozy Prery

•  Mercy for Animals

•  Mindful Metropolis

•  One Tail at a Time

•  Organic Consumers Association

•  Pamela Ziemann

•  Pansy Maiden

•  PETA

•  Soaphappy

•  Something Beautiful

•  Supreme Master TV

•  Univera

•  Vaute Couture

•  Veg Fund

•  Vegan Chicago

•  Vegan Outreach

•  Vegan Recycle/Rednose Rescue

•  Vegetarian Resource Group

•  WCPT

•  Whole Soy & Free From Harm

Lost & Found

We have a great track record with connecting items people found at the event with the people who lost them. This year, we managed to find the owners of everything that was turned in (including two smartphones!), with the exception of a girl’s toddler-sized parka (pictured above). It’s really pretty, and we’re sure someone would love to be reunited with it. If you know this someone (or are this someone), please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll arrange to get it back to the little one who will need it this winter.

Next Year!

Seriously, we have to get some rest before we start planning for next year! We will be making an announcement once we have a date and venue secured, so check back with us. Even better, join the planning committee and help us plan next year’s event!

Questions?

Please contact us at [email protected]

Chicago VeganMania 2011

Saturday, November 5th, from 10am-5pm

at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk

chicagoveganmania.com

Photos in this newsletter courtesy of Robert Chesrow and Mikael Nielsen

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Here’s the newsletter from right before Chicago VeganMania 2011

Your Definitive Guide to Chicago VeganMania 2011

Come celebrate vegan food, culture, and lifestyle with 2000 of your closest friends! Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, come to learn, sample, and explore new ideas and products, as well as have some fun.

Date and venue

Chicago VeganMania will take place on Saturday, November 5th, from 10am-5pm, at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk.

Pulaski Park is just east of Ashland and halfway between North and Division. The Division Blue line stop is nearby.

New this year!

ATM on site! We’ve got some great exhibitors and food vendors lined up, and we know you’re going to want to eat and shop, so we will have a Thillens armored truck ATM in front of the building.

Coat Check – This year’s event is in November instead of October, so we thought a coat check might be a good idea in case the weather requires a jacket and you don’t want to have to schlepp it around the event all day. Just $1 per coat.

folksinger Mari Therese on the Culture Café stage

Newly expanded Culture Café

The Culture Café features works from artists Zac Franzoni and Marci Rubin Art creating works before your eyes, unique handcrafted vegan-themed jewelry, and tables where you can hang out and share experiences with friends old and new.

Culture Café performance stage – This year, the Culture Café has its own stage featuring a great schedule of thoughtful singer-songwriters and spoken word artists with sonic interludes from DJ Veganinblack. The day’s schedule is listed below.

Coffee and alternative milk bar – Real milk comes from from almonds, soy, rice, coconuts, oats, hemp, and other plants! Here’s a chance to see just how many tasty varieties of vegan milk there are as you pair them up with a rich brew from Counter Culture Coffee and some delicious vegan baked goods from Delicious Café.

The Vegan Rockstar Photo Booth – You’ll already be living like a vegan rockstar all day, so you might as well be photographed doing it. Grab a colorful guitar or a pair of drumsticks and show off your best chops to be preserved for eternity on the Chicago VeganMania website.

Graffiti Wall – Last year, the kids had a lot of fun expressing themselves with chalk on a wall we set up in the Family Activities Area. This year, we’re adding a much larger wall for the adults in the Culture Café. Let the world know how you really feel.

Balance Boards & Beams and Bot Bakery cupcakes

Newly expanded Family Activities Area

We’ve also expanded our Family Activities Area where the kiddies can decorate their own vegan (and gluten free!) cupcakes from Bot Bakery chef Betty Alper, build their own nature journals with help from experts at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, rock their way through a unique mini playground provided by Balance Boards and Beams, scribble on the aforementioned Graffiti Wall, build their own animal masks or partake in any number of other arts and crafts activities.

Elyahreev Immortal performing both at CVM and the Afterparty

This just in… The Official CVM Afterparty!

Cap off your awe-inspiring day with “Vitality” The Official Chicago VeganMania AfterParty – If, after spending a day in vegan paradise, you’re all fired up and ready to keep going, you may want to take a 3-block walk to The Silver Room (1442 North Milwaukee Avenue), which will be vegan central for the next several hours. The doors open at 5:30, so you can head there straight from the festival, and it lasts until 10:00. There will be great food from Soul Vegan, live performances from The Ones, Elyahreev Immortal, and Phenom, and the chance to rub shoulders with Chicago’s vegan illuninati. Your suggested $15 donation will help fund several great causes, including Chicago VeganMania.

Goody Bags

Come early! If you are one of the first 100 attendees, you will receive a goody bag stuffed with, well, goodies! Food, coupons, stickers, magazines, dvds, and more! Limit one per household

Programming:

Here is the day’s complete schedule

Bodybuilder Robert Cheeke on the Powered By Plants panel

Presenter and workshop schedule

11:00 – Giving Voice to Your Cause

Pamela Ziemann author: Giving Voice to Your Cause

12:00 – Inspiring Compassion: Putting Our Ethics on the Table

Kenny Torrella Mercy For Animals

(note: Nathan Runkle of Mercy For Animals is unable to attend. We are pleased to have Kenny join us)

1:00 – Powered By Plants: The Unlimited Potential of Vegan Fitness

Robert Cheeke – VeganBodybuilder.com

Amanda Riester – Bodybuilder

Nicole Sopko – Yoga instructor

Brian Duda – Bodybuilder

2:00 – Getting the Goods: Impacting Animals Through Effective Vegetarian Outreach

Jon Camp – Vegan Outreach

3:00 – Lifetime Bonds: At-Risk Youth and At-Risk Dogs Helping One Another

Cynthia Bathurst – Best Friends Animal Society

Click here for descriptions of workshops and bios of presenters

Chef Laviyah Ayanna of the Vegan Food Truck and Ste Martaen

Chef Demo Schedule

11:00 – Laviyah Ayanna The Vegan Food Truck/ Ste Martaen

12:00 -Melissa Sabaduquia The Chicago Diner

1:00 – Ryan & Mary Howard Chicago Soydairy

2:00 – Linda Szarkowski Green Spirit

3:00 – Sandi Swiss Canary Confectionery

Click here more about chef demos

Nahotnah promises to light up the performance stage

Performance Stage Schedule

11:00 – Zach feel-good alternative folk-rock

12:00 – Nahotnah motion dance and precision hula hoop troupe

12:45 – Kidz in the Mix preteen breakdancers

1:00 – The Ones inspirational soul

2:00 – Elyahreev Immortal empowering rap and hip hop

2:45 – The Exponential ambient world beat free jazz

3:45 – DJ Dominion vintage synth layered over sound loops and groovy beats

Click here for more about auditorium stage performances

DJ Veganinblack is the emcee of the Culture Café stage

Culture Café Stage Schedule

10:00 – DJ Veganinblack

11:00 – Matthew Brockman

11:30 – Robinlee Garber

12:00 – Ahymnsa

12:45 – Steve Brightman

1:00 – Mari Therese

1:45 – T.M. Gottl

2:00 – Immovable Types

2:30 – Jodie Daquilanea

3:00 – Ollie Davidson

3:45 – DJ Veganinblack

Click here for more about the Culture Café and its performances

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to all our exhibitors and sponsors, whose support helps us put on this amazing event!

Sponsors

•  Chicago Soydairy (Platinum)

•  John Beske Communications/Wide Awake Books (Platinum)

•  The Chicago Diner (Gold)

•  Consolidated Printing (Gold)

•  Veg Fund (Gold)

•  Mercy for Animals (Silver)

•  Book Publishing Company (Bronze)

•  Collective Resource (Bronze)

•  Soul Vegan (Bronze)

•  CLTV (Media)

•  Mindful Metropolis (Media)

•  Natural Awakenings (Media)

•  WCPT (Media)

•  Framing Mode Gallery

•  Teknosis Audio

Click here for sponsor descriptions and links

Exhibitors

Our exhibitor rooms have sold out! Thanks to everyone coming and our apologies to those who have been unable to procure exhibit space.

Food Court

•  Arya Bhavan

•  Canary Confectionery

•  The Chicago Diner

•  Drew’s Eatery

•  Soul Vegan

•  Urban Vegan

•  Upton’s Naturals

•  The Vegan Food Truck/Ste. Martaen

Click here for festival map and exhibitor booth locations

East Gym

•  Back to the Roots

•  Bot Bakery

•  Chicago Soydairy

•  Chocolate Inspirations

•  Door to Door Organics

•  Green Spirit Living

•  Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks

•  Juice Plus

•  Karyn’s Fresh Corner

•  Kat’s Hot Cakes

•  Montalbano Farms

•  NessAlla Kombucha

•  The Pasty Oven

•  Theo Chocolate

•  Tomato Mountain Farm

•  WayFare

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West Gym

•  A Well Fed World

•  Action for Animals

•  Arbonne

•  Body Karma

•  Book Publishing Company

•  Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue

•  CARE Evanston Animal Shelter

•  Chicago Canine Rescue

•  Chicago Vegan Cooperative

•  Chiro One Wellness Centers

•  Cleo Roos

•  Consolidated Printing

•  CW Jewelry

•  Eagle Strategies

•  Edgy Petal

•  Ethically Engineered

•  FamilyFarmed.org

•  Fox Valley Nutrition

•  GFREEV/Devoted to Healing

•  Haiti Reads

•  The Herbivore Clothing Co.

•  Hoops and Loops

•  John Beske Communications/Wide Awake Books

•  Karma Heali