Chicago’s Green Exchange host Earth Day celebration

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Chicago’s Green Exchange, an environmentally sustainable building that is home to more than 20 eco-friendly businesses, is hosting a 2013 Earth Day celebration! On Monday, April 22 from 5-9 p.m., the Green Exchange (2545 W. Diversey Ave.) will host a series of workshops with various speakers, along with a live music performance by Rebecca Loebe at 7 p.m. in the Greenhouse Loft.

One workshop — Homebrewing 101 with Ale Syndicate Brewers — will be led by one of Chicago’s newest craft breweries, Ale Syndicate. The creators of the company will be on hand to talk about the basics of brewing and to give you tips and techniques for making delicious beer right in your abode. Two classes will be held from 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. First come, first served. All participants must be 21 and over, and space is limited.

Guests will also be able to experience global collaborative art project: the You Are Beautiful campaign, as seen on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday. Creator and curator, Matthew Hoffman, saw the Green Exchange as the perfect outlet to hold the campaign’s 10-year anniversary gala and art exhibit.

Rebecca Loebe is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Atlanta, and appeared on Season 1 of NBC’s The Voice. Loebe now lives in Austin, Texas, and she is currently touring the country to support her third full-length album release, CIRCUS HEART. The album mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop, and it has already received rave reviews from all over the world. Her performance is sure to impress with the beautiful Greenhouse Loft event space as a backdrop.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Earth Day event at the Green Exchange. We created Greenhouse Loft with the idea that we would participate in amazing, community building events, which would bring together all the talent and creativity that the Green Exchange has to offer. We are look forward many more stellar events in the future,” said Jamie Davis of Greenhouse Loft.

The Green Exchange building is the nation’s largest green business community, which makes it the perfect place for an Earth Day celebration. Sustainable features include a state-of-the-art green roof with honeybees, live chickens that help to fertilize and compost the organic garden, a 41,329 gallon rain cistern to allow water to be captured and reused, energy efficient windows, green escalators that use 30 percent less energy than the traditional and much more. The building is also perfect for special events, with a large open foyer, an 8,000 square foot organic sky garden with an on-site restaurant and a beautiful open event space with natural sunlight and energy efficient windows.

Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at gxchicago.eventbrite.com.

ABOUT GREEN EXCHANGE

Green Exchange is a completely economic-friendly building where many different businesses gather to work under the same sustainable worldview. As America’s largest green business community, the campus houses more than 20 businesses and 1,500 people, each unique but all working together towards one common goal: to live green and influence others to do the same. Features include a sky garden with an on-site restaurant, and expansive meeting and event space available to tenants and the public. Green Exchange is located at 2545 W. Diversey in Chicago. For more information, visit www.greenexchange.com.