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Seasonal Eating 101: Winter Edition

Think it’s too tough to eat seasonally this time of year? Think again. Radical Root Farm is here to guide us in eating fresh, supporting our communities, and nourishing ourselves—and the planet.
Green Glamour
A new Chicago spa sets out to green your beauty routine

A self-confessed “eco glam girl,” Jenny Perillo, through her Lincoln Square spa Noktivo (4831 N. Damen), has been greening Chicagoans’ beauty routines.
Lighten Up
Let go of unwanted belongings without the landfill

Make the most of cabin fever and lighten up your closet by selling, consigning, or donating your unwanted goods
A Smarter Grocery Cart
How to cut down your food bill

The Urbaness has devised a shopping plan to help you navigate the exorbitantly priced world of grocery shopping in Chicago. Follow our simple steps below and see if you don’t save some green.
Gardening Inside the Box

Creativity, a few simple materials, and less time than you might think are all you need to create a Fleur-inspired terrarium. Fleur’s Amy Sokol shares how nearly any empty glass container can be turned into a sweet miniature landscape.
The Five Minute Garden
Bringing fresh food from garden to table

Think you can’t start a garden of your own? Think again. With our quick and easy plan, we promise you’ll have food in the garden in no time at all
To Market, to Market
The Urbaness' guide to shopping the city's farmers markets

Just as the mercury inches past 80 comes one more telltale sign that spring is here to stay: the arrival of open air markets. This month, many of Chicago’s farmers markets will crop up in a neighborhood near you, bringing with them a bounty of fresh produce from small, local farms.
In the Green
The lushest garden centers in the city

Buy or browse, we love strolling the verdant jungles of these locally owned garden centers
Fresh Food on the Move
From farm to table, just-harvested veggies

Support a local farm through a CSA and serve up fresh, seasonal fare through fall
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
Eat, Drink, and Be Green

Next week, you’ll be prepping for Thanksgiving dinner. And whether that means hosting your first get together, or trekking it to mom and dad’s, there are simple and affordable ways to keep our earth in mind as you dine. We called in eco-friendly expert Cassie Green, owner of Chicago’s Green Grocer, to offer up 10 tips for a simpler, more environmentally friendly affair.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
30 Days to Greener Living

Every day for the next month, we’re sharing 30 fun, creative, and often simple things you can do to challenge yourself to lessen your footprint and make a difference.
Where the Hearth is
When the weather dips and the winds begin to whip, there’s no antidote to winter’s chill quite like a fireplace. If you don’t have a fireplace to call your own (and really, who does?), we have you covered.

Partying with a Purpose
Over a bottle of wine, Kristen Kaza, the brains behind Chicago's No Small Plans Productions, shares her insights on intentional work, positive spaces, and the importance of visibility. Read more here.

Rockin’ for Charity
Recently, Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) held its fifth-annual Autumn Auction at the Wicker Park mixology haven, The Violet Hour. Read about the event here!

Wine & Wise Words
“Drink to learn. If that was what school was all about, we probably would’ve been straight ‘A’ students, right?” The Urbaness sidles up to the bar to talk wine and women in business with Vera Wine Bar's Liz Mendez.

Mano Y Metal
In a constantly growing corner of Desiree Castro’s living room, the Mano y Metal studio is a vibrant den of color: glimmering piles of unused or discarded metal, neatly hung tools and ornate displays of earrings and bracelets stamped with unique messages. Lit by the waning sun on a chilly winter afternoon, Desiree tells us how inseparable she and her business truly are. Read more

Good Deed
Do some good: Share your time with non-profit, Girls in the Game, and help encourage strength, confidence, and good health in Chicago’s young women. Girls in the Game empowers youth through fitness, nutrition, health, and self-esteem programs—and they’re always looking for volunteers. Learn more.