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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/

Chicago Soy Dairy’s Ice Cream Social at Logan Hardware

Yesterday, Chicago Soy Dairy hosted an ice cream social at Logan Hardware, a vegan owned record store/arcade near the corner of Western and Fullerton (2410 W Fullerton), to benefit Mercy for Animals. Five dollars got you all the ice cream you could eat!

It was a perfect weekend for the event what with people being in town for Riot Fest and the gorgeous weather. I was super excited because you could also pre-order pints of Temptation and get Dandies and Teese at a discount, so if course I took advantage and ordered 2 pints of Pumkin Pie, 2 pints of Tripple Threat Chocolate and 2 bags of Dandies. I’m going to be on a sugar high for a week!

Sigh, if only I could still get this stuff from stores. Guess the only way to fix that is to have more vegan ice cream socials! ūüėČ

What do you think, Chicago?

Loose Leaf Lounge Vegan Menu Premieres Tonight

Mercy for Animals has done it again. Loose Leaf Lounge (2915 N Broadway) will be premiering their new vegan menu tonight starting at 5pm!  The vegan menu includes a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Daiya, tomato and onion, a Ground Seitan Sandwich with avocado, peppers, spinach and Veganaise, a Chorizo Seitan Wrap with avocado, cilantro, and tomato, Vegan Cookies, and more!

These items are being added to their menu permanently, so if you can’t check them out tonight, do so soon! I know I will.

*Note from Facebook Event Invite regarding tonight: Since Loose Leaf Lounge is a small cafe, seating is not guaranteed and they do not take reservations. To increase your chances of getting a seat, arrive promptly at 5 p.m., after 8 p.m., or come for carry-out!

Forks Over Knives Screening

Join Mindful Metropolis and Mercy for Animals for this advanced screening of the eye-opening documentary Forks Over Knives! The film examines the benefits of a plant-based diet in an informative, animated and at times humorous manner.

Forks Over Knives features leaders in the clinical, medical and nutrition fields; information about factory farms and their ecological impact; as well as the stories of people reaping the benefits of a plant-based diet.

See the trailer and read MFA’s review of Forks Over Knives here.

Tickets can be purchased here, and all proceeds will benefit the lifesaving work of Mercy For Animals.

The last Chicago screening of Forks Over Knives had to turn away over 500 people because there simply weren’t enough seats, so be sure to get your ticket today to secure your spot!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. featuring light vegan fare. The film will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 8:30 p.m. A panel discussion will follow.

When: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Columbia College
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th FL
Chicago, IL

Cost: $10 per ticket

Vegan Valentines

Looking for something to do with that special vegan/vegetarian in your life on Valentine’s Day? Check out one of these local events.

Mercy for Animals’ 5th Annual Vegetarian Valentine’s Party
MFA will be hosting it’s annual Valentine’s Party on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 8pm-11pm at the Black Walnut Gallery (220 N. Aberdeen St, Chicago). Tickets are $35 in advance. The event is open to all ages and will feature vegan treats, sweets and spirits, as well as, music and dancing. For more info. and/or to buy your tickets go here.

Valentine’s Supper
Delicious Cafe and Ste. Martaens are teaming up to host a Valentine’s Supper at Delicious Cafe (3827 N. Lincoln) on February 14, 2010 at 6pm. The meal is $40 per person and guests must RSVP by February 10, 2010. Space is limited so call Chelsea at 773-477-9840 or e-mail Laviyah at laviyah[at]stemartaen.com to reserve your seat today! To check out the menu go here.

Leafleting Times from Now Through February

I’m trying to get out and leaflet a whole lot more this year, so I thought I’d post some dates as to when others were going to be leafleting or doing some sort of pro-vegan activism in Chicago. For more detailed information on each date just click on the Date and it should bring you to the Vegan Chicago meetup site or the Mercy for Animals events page.

January 27, Wednesday – University Center 525 S. State St, Chicago, IL 5:30pm (I’m definitely coming to this!)

January 30, Saturday – Chicago Snow Days in Grant Park 4pm. RSVP is required, follow the date link.

January 31, Sunday – Chicago Snow Days in Grant Park 1pm. RSVP is required, follow the date link.

February 2, Tuesday – Columbia College Chicago 623 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 5:30pm

February 9, Tuesday – Harold Washington College 30 E. Lake St, Chicago, IL 5:30pm

February 16, Tuesday – Fullerton Red Line 943 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 5:30pm

February 23, Tuesday – University Center 525 S. State St, Chicago, IL 5:30pm

Please RSVP for any events if you know you will be there, it helps to let people know how many leaflets to bring! Also, in case of bad weather, usually the meetups are canceled/rescheduled so it helps to RSVP so that you know about any updates.

Mercy for Animals New Volunteer Orientation & New Year’s Party

If you’re interested in volunteering for MFA in 2010 there will be a New Volunteer Orientation at 6 pm tonight, which will be followed by a New Year’s Party at 7 pm to celebrate all of MFA’s 2009 accomplishments. All party attendees are asked to bring a vegan dish to share.

What: New Volunteer Orientation / New Year’s Party
When: 6 pm / 7 pm
Where: 339 W. Barry St., Apt. 5C, Chicago