Cochon555 Chicago

April 23, 2017 at Morgan MFG. in Chicago.


Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail competition dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating chefs and diners about the agricultural importance of utilizing Old World livestock. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – Mom-and-Pop, farm-to-table, BBQ, Michelin star – and our participating chefs all share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our epic 2017 culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon.

Address: 401 N Morgan St, Chicago
Cochon555 Chicago

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Bone Marrow Registry DRIVE

March 24, 2017 at Compass Lexecon in Chicago.


Are YOU ready to save a life? Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer or illness that need a lifesaving transplant. 70% of patients don’t have a family match and depend on the national bone marrow registry to find a match! Donating bone marrow is free of risks, and usually painless.

Please join us Sunday, December 4th at Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant in Crystal Lake for a #MarrowMeCara and #bethematch bone marrow donor registry drive.

Registering to be a donor is safe/ easy, and only requires a swab of the mouth with a Q-tip. Registering takes about 10 minutes. Being a bone marrow donor is an important commitment, so please make sure to read below for more details.
Here’s what you need to know to register:
– Ages 18-44
– Willing to Donate and save the life of *anyone* in the registry
– 1 in 480 registered donors go on to donate
– Free Registration
-In general, must be free of any personal history of certain types of cancer, insulin-dependent diabetes or heart disease, but each registrant will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
-Able to provide personal information/ detailed medical history including medications
If you are identified as a match…

Bone marrow transplants are quite simple and painless for the donor.

-A 30 to 40 hour time commitment is required and spread over a four to six week period to attend appointments and donate.

-About 80% of the time, donation only requires Peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is a non-surgical procedure (similar to donating blood).

-About 20% of the time, actual marrow is required where a small amount of liquid marrow is withdrawn from the back of the pelvic bone while under anesthesia. The body regenerates within 3-6 weeks.

-After either procedure, the donor is back to full capacity after a few days. The biggest complaint is a little achiness after the procedure. That’s all it takes to save a life.

Hear from a donor here:
About #MarrowMeCara
Cara is a 2013 DePaul graduate who has been teaching in South Korea for the past 3 years. After a few months of not feeling well, her ankles swelled up and she lost all energy to do basic everyday tasks. Soon after a checkup at the doctor, Cara was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease called APLASTIC ANEMIA. It’s a rare disorder where your bone marrow doesn’t produce enough blood cells and attacks itself. The only cure for Aplastic Anemia is a bone marrow transplant.

Cara has moved back to Chicago and is preparing for treatment. Unfortunately, Cara is like 70% of other patients and does not have a transplant match in her family.

Marrow Me Cara” was created by Cara and her family to raise awareness about bone marrow diseases, the importance of joining the registry, and to dismantle the fear of becoming a donor. Please join us!

Can’t make it, but want to help???
That’s okay! You can help in these ways…
-SHARE our event with your FB friends
– Host a Drive!

Address: 332 S Michigan Ave Ste 1300, Chicago
Bone Marrow Registry DRIVE

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Study at the Logan Center

March 10, 2017 at UChicago Arts Pass in Chicago.


Come on over to the Logan Center for a study sesh complete with free food, coffee, and a midnight snack. Explore all nine floors of the Logan Center to find your perfect quiet study spot or explore our ongoing Study Breaks throughout the building.

On successive days this reading period, UChicago’s museums, galleries, and art centers will be transformed into inspiring study halls. Read beneath a Rothko, open your mind with penthouse views of the Midway, venture off campus to incubate new ideas, and be inspired by the monumental achievements of ancient civilizations.

Free food, coffee, massage therapist, and social study breaks at each venue!

Address: 915 E 60th St, Chicago
Study at the Logan Center

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Mitchell Lecture Series: Center for Genomic Gastronomy

March 09, 2017 at The Leroy Neiman Center in Chicago.


Thursday March 9
LeRoy Neiman Center
Ground Floor, 37 S Wabash Ave

Sponsored in partnership with the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy is an artist-led think tank launched in 2010 by Cathrine Kramer (NO) and Zack Denfeld (US) that examines the biotechnologies and biodiversity of human food systems.

Their mission is to map food controversies, prototype alternative culinary futures and imagine a more just, biodiverse & beautiful food system.

The Center presents research about the organisms and environments manipulated by human food cultures in the form of public lectures, research publications, meals and exhibitions. They have collaborated with scientists, chefs, hackers and farmers in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Center’s work has been published in We Make Money Not Art, Science, Nature and Gastronomica and exhibited at the World Health Organization, Jeu de Paume, Kew Gardens, Science Gallery Dublin and others.

Address: 37 South Wabash, Chicago
Mitchell Lecture Series: Center for Genomic Gastronomy

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7th Annual BUILD Public Speaking Contest

March 09, 2017 at Build Chicago in Chicago.


The Public Speaking Contest is one of BUILD’s signature programs that encourage young people to put their stories down in print and then share them on stage before an audience and panel of judges. BUILD provided youth with public speaking classes over a four-month period to help them academically and professionally, as well as to boost their self-esteem and self-confidence. Youth practiced and met on Saturday afternoons to refine their speeches before having the opportunity to participate.

Winners will receive scholarships and the chance to share their story at BUILD’s Annual Dinner on May 5th 2017. The winners of this contest will receive a $1000, $500 and $250 College Scholarships provided by BUILD.

Address: 5100 W Harrison St, Chicago
7th Annual BUILD Public Speaking Contest

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Dine and Donate for Deborah’s Place

March 15, 2017 at Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria in Chicago.


Come have award winning pizza at the only pizzeria in The Loop, to benefit Deborah’s Place.

Deborah’s Place makes a difference in the lives of more than 300 women each year as Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing for single women experiencing homelessness. They open doors to housing, healing, and hope.

Present this image at Persona on March 15th and Deborah’s Place will receive 20% of the sales!

If you cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit:

Address: 170 W Washington St, Chicago
Dine and Donate for Deborah

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