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Remember the 5th of November…

November 5th is a big day for the Chicago Vegan community. Not only is Vegan Mania that day, but Mercy for Animals will be screening the new documentary, Vegucated, at the Viaduct Theater that evening!

Chicago Vegan Mania


This is Vegan Mania’s 3rd year and once again it’s being held at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W Blackhawk, Chicago, IL) from 10am – 5pm and it’s FREE! Parking can be hard to come by, so come early or ride your bike/take public transit.

Some of you may be wondering, “What is Vegan Mania?” It’s a celebration of everything that is vegan – food, community, commerce, fashion, and more! It’s where I discovered St Martaen’s delicious artisan cashew cheeses (long before they had the food truck)¬†and Vaute Couture’s lovely coats (before they left us for New York ūüôĀ ).

Even though the event is free, you’ll want to bring some cash with you because there will be a food court, which will feature delicious options from Chicago’s vegan restaurants and food companies, like Upton’s Naturals. In the past there have also been a wide variety of vegan goods for sale, like Ethically Engineered soaps, Herbivore Clothing, the aforementioned Vaute Couture coats,¬†and more!

This year’s speakers include, Chicago’s Mercy for Animals Campaign Coordinator, Kenny Torella; vegan body builder, Robert Cheeke and Vegan Outreach’s Director of Outreach, Jon Camp. This year’s food demos will include culinary delights from Laviyah Ayanna of the Vegan Food Truck, Sandi Swiss of Canary Confectionary, Linda Szarkowski of Green Spirit Living, the Chicago Diner and Chicago Soy Dairy. All dishes¬†demonstrated and sampled will be free of all animal ingredients.

Finally, there will also be a Family Activity Area with eco-crafts, and a culture cafe featuring a DJ, acoustic acts, artists, a coffee bar and a Vegan Rockstar photobooth!

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Viaduct Theater
3111 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Vegucated is a new documentary that follows 3 meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. Along the way they discover the cruelty behind the industries they supported and are soon eager to fight back. The film is described as part sociological experiment, part science class and part adventure story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson.

To be sure you get a chance to see this film’s Chicago premier, purchase tickets in advance at http://vegucatedchi2.eventbrite.com/

News & Events

My apologies for the lack of activity on here as of late, but I recently moved and have been busy working on setting up a Chicago Vegan Buying Club with some of our other collaborators (more info to come).

-For those of you who haven’t heard Daiya vegan cheese is now available at Whole Foods! Check out the vegan mac & cheese we posted a while back if you’re looking for something delicious to make with it!

-Thanks to a tweet from the people at Vegan Chicago we’ve added a new restaurant to our list. Rockin’ Tacos (1467 W. Irving Park, 773-975-8226) on the North side offers vegan options which are affordable enough that I should be able to try them in the near future. Super stoked to try Tofu Al Pastor!


Chicago Vegan Mania Spring Shindig Fundraiser, Saturday, April 10 7pm, Framing Mode Gallery, 1526 S. Wabash

Featuring vegan treats, complimentary spirits, silent auction, DJ Veganinblack, plus more to come from local cruelty-free vendors! Tix are $35 advance, $40 door. For more info. & tix:http://www.chicagoveganmania.com

Dunkin’ Cruelty Feed-In, April 17 10am, Clark & Belmont Dunkin’ Donuts

MFA & Compassion Over Killing are teaming up to hand out free vegan donuts & breakfast foods. For more info:http://www.mercyforanimals.org/events

Vegan On Tap @ Vegan Gallery, April 17 at 7pm, 4645 N. Rockwell

Featuring art from 7 local artists, $1 drinks and free food samples from Posh Nosh! For more info: http://www.veganchicago.com