August 20, 2014

August Movie & Mingle Night

Movie & Mingle Night 8.28

Poster design by Gabriel Piemonte

Thursday, August 28
Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab4445 South King Drive, 2nd Floor

ALL AGES! (21+ with ID for Alcohol)
$7 Admission (Kids under 14 are free)
All proceeds will benefit AUA and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab


~Tour of Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab projects~

~Screening of acclaimed documentary Edible City~

~Refreshing craft beers from Sierra Nevada~

~Tasty Snacks from Bonne Sante and Farmed Here~

~Good times and networking with fellow urban growers!~

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please contact us at to volunteer and earn free admission.

Watch the trailer for Edible City here!

August 5, 2014

Enter AUA’s Urban Agriculture Photo Contest

Win a Dill Pickle Food Co-op Gift Certificate in our Urban Agriculture Photo Contest!DPLogo

Hey Chicagoland gardeners! Do you have a photo from this spring or summer that you love, or of which you are particularly proud? Win bragging rights to tell all of your friends how awesomely green your thumb is –  and a gift certificate to the Dill Pickle Food Co-op (@dillpicklecoop)!

Enter your favorite gardening photo in our contest!

The deadline to submit photos is FRIDAY AUGUST 8. Voting will be closed at 5pm CST on SATURDAY AUGUST 16.

You can choose how to define “Gardening Photo” but please, keep the photos appropriate for all audiences!

There are two ways to submit your photos:

1. Post your favorite photo to Twitter with the hashtag #AUAPhoto2014.
2. Pick one or more photos bearing the #AUAPhoto2014 hashtag and select your “favorite”.
3. While you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow us at @AUAChicago!


No Twitter? No problem. We want to be inclusive, so if you don’t have a Twitter, AUA will post your photo for you.

1. Email your photo to
2. Please include a with a brief description (140 characters or less), including the phrase “#AUAPhoto2014”.

The “#AUAPhoto2014” picture with the most “favorites” on Twitter at 5:00 pm CST on August 16 is the winner!

We look forward to seeing your gorgeous pictures!

July 29, 2014

Make food carts & bikes legal in Chicago!

Make food carts & bikes legal in Chicago!

A few months ago, AUA members ratified a statement of support for the Street Vendors Justice Coalition‘s proposed changes to the City’s current Mobile Food Vendor ordinance. The changes, which would allow prepared foods other than ice cream to be sold by street vendors from carts and bicycles, have recently been introduced to the City Council by Alderman Maldonado, and your support is needed to make sure they become law. Please click here to read more about the ordinance and sign the petition!

Sign the Petition



July 24, 2014

Thursday’s Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night MOVED 2 Blocks!

A last-minute change by Weiss Memorial Hospital has necessitated a slight modification to our plans for Thursday’s Rooftop Movie & Mingle Night.  Don’t worry, there will still be tours of the hospital’s spectacular rooftop farm, and we’ll still be treated to the documentary Tierralismo, a talk with Growing Home Executive Director (and AUA Steering Committee Co-Chair) Harry Rhodes about his visit to Cuba’s urban agriculture projects, and delicious snacks, beverages and craft beer from a host of local businesses (see below for more details)!

What’s changed is the venue for the film screening, talk and service of beer: We’ll now be starting and ending the evening at the extra-awesome Institute of Cultural Affairs (4750 N. Sheridan), which has its own exciting urban ag and sustainability projects that we’ll also have the opportunity to check out and learn about!  So, if anything, the event has even more to offer than before!

Poster 7.24 ICA

Thursday, July 24


Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan

All ages, 21+ with ID for alcohol

$7 admission with all proceeds benefiting Loud Grade Produce Squad and AUA

Join us for July’s Movie & Mingle Night, featuring the film Tierralismo, a stirring defense of the importance of farm work and sustainable agriculture practices in Cuba. The night will also feature:

Volunteers needed! Please contact Jessica at if you are available.