Vegan Mania Chicago 2011

Chicago VeganMania 2011 website

About this year’s event – Chicago VeganMania 2011

Chicago VeganMania is returning one more time to the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, which lies just west of the Kennedy Expressway and just east of the trendy Wicker Park Neighborhood, about 3 miles northwest of Chicago’s Loop.

Come hungry. We’ll be back with an exciting panorama of mouthwatering vegan delicacies from many of the restaurants and food companies that have turned Chicago into a vegan paradise. We have a newly redesigned Vegan Food Court that makes it easy to relax and dine while enjoying great local entertainment and the good vibes of our dynamic community.

Hang out for a while. Once again, we’ll have an eclectic mix of talented vegan performers from across the region. This year, we’re working to expand our lineup beyond musical and dance acts to show you a truly diverse and exciting entertainment experience.

Then shop. We’ll have two exhibit halls packed with dozens of vendors showing off unique vegan products and services, as well as our community’s most vital nonprofit organizations.

Learn some new kitchen tricks. Last year, we introduced attendees to cooking demonstrations from some of the city and country’s best vegan chefs. This year we’re back with an exciting new lineup of chefs, with a new room layout.

Get inspired. As always, we will be bringing some of the nation’s most dynamic vegan voices to energize and encourage, while teaching new knowledge, tricks and viewpoints.

And bring the kids. We have an expanded family center with crafts, storyteller, our Vegan Rockstar photo booth, graffiti wall and many other ways to give the young ones an experience they’ll not soon forget.

This is all just a part of it. We’re creating lots of other ways to make your day. We’ll keep you posted with new developments as they get worked out.

Luncheon In Wicker Park

Preparing to return to the UIC campus

After the Vegan Mania 2011 show we headed back to Milwaukee Avenue and the Native Foods Cafe in Wicker Park.

Once inside we placed our orders for two salads and a bowl of soup and before long our waiter brought it all to the table.

I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors of the Ensalada Azteca salad I ordered. They were bright and sweet and made for what I would consider a wonderful summer salad in hot weather.

Connie had the Ghandi Bowl which was topped with a blackened Tempeh strip that tastes a bit like chicken.

I got a side which in this instance was a summer squash soup. It is garnished with cranberries and is very creamy and slightly sweet.

For dessert we share a Boogie Bar. Then it was off to the outdoors again for the ride back to the UIC Campus parking lot.

Cyclometer Info

Distance: 11.9 miles
Time: 1h 19m 18s