Archive for the ‘local food’ Category

Green Your New Year’s Party

December 30, 2008

Having a soiree this New Year’s Eve? I have some fun useful tips for you to make it green and eco-friendly. You can find the full list here, but here are a few fun ideas.

1 . Cut down on paper and use technology. Email invitations or call people to invite them to your party.

2. Get organized with your transportation. Encourage friends coming to the party to use public transportation or car pool to cut down on their driving.

3. Avoid the paper products and instead use real cutlery, glasses and dishes for the party. You will have dishes to wash but think of the garbage you’ll reduce. If you don’t have enough glasses borrow from a neighbor or check with local caterers who will rent out glassware at a reasonable cost.

And here’s another green tip for you…use I-GO to get all your New Year’s Eve goodies. Reserve your car today so you can load up on food and libations at your favorite haunts like Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Costco.

Happy New Year!

I-GO Pizza

December 12, 2008

Ooey-gooey cheese, rich tomato sauce and a nice crispy crust. Sounds pretty good, right? But what does it have to do with I-GO and car sharing? Well, if you are an I-GO member, you can get 15% off your next order at APART Pizza Company–one of the best thin crust joints in the city. Just remember to show them your I-GO card. But don’t take my word, check out these reviews on Yelp and Time Out.

APART has two convenient locations: 2205 W. Montrose and 5624 N. Broadway.

And by the way, you’re welcome.

Last-last-minute Thanksgiving groceries in Chicago

November 26, 2008

Procrastinating cooks throughout the city might want to know where to go for last minute turkeys and fixings for the holiday. I checked it out – here are Thanksgiving Day hours for Chicago grocery stores:

  • Whole Foods: Chicago stores are open 7am-3pm, Evanston’s Chicago Avenue store is open until 5pm
  • Dominick’s: Most locations, including South Canal and Halsted, are open 24 hours – Streeterville location is open 6am-9pm. Check here for all locations.
  • Jewel: Most close at 6pm – you can check your location here.
  • Trader Joes: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving, so get a move on if mango hot dogs and organic pop tarts are on the menu.

I pretty much looked at websites and talked to some store managers, so double-checking is advised.

As always, I-GO cars are available throughout the day all over Chicago for lugging around turkeys and cranberries and sweet potatoes (or going out to the suburbs to eat your mom’s or grandma’s…). I’m gonna jump in one to go get my own sweet potatoes for some Thanksgiving hashbrowns:

Merry Turkey Day everyone.

(photo from Google’s sweet LIFE photo archive)

Far-Flung Fun: Bridgeport

October 27, 2008

Far-Flung Fun will be an occasional series of posts here on Motormouth that will shed some light on fun stuff in some of the less glitzy corners of our city you can enjoy with I-Go. Impress your friends or dates with food, drinks, and entertainment you can’t find in Lakeview or River North.

Today, we give you three reasons to point your I-Go car to Bridgeport:

Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 South Morgan
The center of old-time, blue collar, Machine Chicago doesn’t seem like a likely place for an “Experimental Cultural Center,” but here it is. The Co-Prosperity Sphere showcases artists, musicians, and performers in a 5,000 square foot gallery. In November, the space will feature INFOPORN, an exhibition of graphs, charts, and maps, presenting a “visual explosion of points and paths.”

Ed’s Pot Sticker House – 3139 South Halsted
One of the best, most authentic Chinese food in Chicago isn’t in Chinatown or on Argyle, it’s on South Halsted in Bridgeport – just follow the old-timey chasing lights outside Ed’s Potsticker House. Ed’s famous soup dumplings and cigar-shaped pot stickers are delicious treats that you won’t find at your local the take-out place and are a fun and inexpensive alternative to burgers or pasta.

Schaller’s Pump – 3714 South Halsted
Celebrate a Sox win, plot political power plays, and experience Chicago history at the oldest bar in the city. If you like old man bars, you need to experience the ultimate. Plus, like everything else in Bridgeport, a beer is a lot cheaper At Schaller’s Pump than in Wrigleyville.

I-GO at UIC’s Sustainability Roadshow

September 16, 2008

I-GO had the honor of appearing at the University of Illinois’ Sustainability Roadshow this past weekend. The Sustainability Roadshow is made up of a group of environmental activists and educators who are traveling around the U.S. highlighting issues related to sustainability, with an emphasis on going local and renewable. I-GO participated in the event, along with other Chicago-based green businesses; there were booths on green education, sustainable clothing, toxic-free cleaning products, natural health and environmental activism.

The event had an interactive and informal feel to it, with live music and games. According to Zach Carson, co-founder of the event, they wanted to “bring in the circus vibe, the music. It’s education and entertainment”. Click here to check out a recent article on the roadshow from the the Chicago Flame, UIC’s school newspaper. Next up, the Sustainability Roadshow travels to Knoxville, New Orleans and Austin, TX.

Chi Town Rewards Program

July 23, 2008

It has come to my attention that many of our members don’t even know about a great rewards program that I-GO offers. So I’m here to spread the word! If you’re an I-GO Car Sharing member and don’t know what I’m talking about when I mention the Chi Town Rewards program- listen up!

Chi Town Rewards is a member benefit program that I-GO offers to our members. This program entitles all I-GO members to rewards at participating businesses. It simple, if you shop at a Chi Town Rewards business, just show them your Smartcard to receive your special discount! Click here for a full list of all of our Chi Town Rewards partners.

Recently added Chi Town Rewards businesses include:

(877) 4-G-WERKS
OFFER: 10% off any construction, remodeling, painting project

Katherine Anne Confections
OFFER: 20% off any purchase

929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080
OFFER: 2-for-1 tickets Thursdays at 8 pm and Fridays at 8 pm and 10 pm

Pivot Boutique
1101 W. Fulton Market, 312-243-4754
OFFER: 10% off total purchase

The Common Cup
1501 W. Morse Ave, 773-338-0256
OFFER: 10% off your purchase

The Green Maid, Inc.
OFFER: 10% off first cleaning

5624 N. Broadway at Bryn Mawr
OFFER: 15% off
Genuine, thin crust Italian pizza and love for local art in Chicago

There are a ton of other Chi Town Rewards businesses, so make sure to check out the full list!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2008

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with a great meal from one of I-GO’s Chi Town Rewards Business Partners!

El Cid 2 is a brand spanking new Chi Town Rewards Business Member. They’re located at 2645 N. Kedzie in Logan Square. El Cid 2 is famous for their fish tacos but all of their food is good (if not great) and their prices are equally as good! The fabulous food, friendly service and cute patio make El Cid 2 the perfect place for some Cinco de Mayo fun- and the best part is they offer I-GO members a 10% discount when they show their I-GO card.

Maiz Restaurant is another great Chi Town Rewards Business Member! Maiz offers authentic Mexican dishes that are easy on the wallet and hard to find elsewhere. However, keep in mind that it’s cash only so don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way. Maiz is located in Humboldt Park at 1041 N. California and offers I-GO members 15% off their final bill.

Does anyone know of any other great Mexican restaurants in the city?

Buying Locally Grown Food

April 24, 2008

So far all of my posts have been related to what’s going on here at I-GO. That seems to make sense, since this is the official I-GO blog. However, I know that I-GO members have at least a few other sides to their personalities and may be interested in things other than I-GO (gasp!)…

Most members also seem to be quite eco-conscious. Therefore, I thought it might be worthwhile for me to update members on new environmental trends.

I know I try to reduce my environmental impact through a combination of recycling, driving very little, buying organic and reusing, reusing, reusing! Another key way to reduce your footprint is by buying locally grown food. Only problem is- where do you go to find such food? Problem- did I say problem? Well, problem no more- introducing: LocalHarvest. LocalHarvest is America’s #1 organic and local food website. They maintain a nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets and other local food sources. Their search engine helps people find products from family farms and local sources of sustainably grown food. Click here to check out their website.

Make sure to post below and share with me your methods and tricks for reducing your environmental impact. What do you do to lessen your footprint?