Chicago Earth Hour Events

Here's where to go when the lights go off.

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The World Wildlife Fund encourages homes and businesses to turn off all lights and electrical appliances in order to make a bold statement about conserving energy at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in honor of Earth Day. But instead of holing up in your candlelit apartment, head out to one of these events -- and leave your car at home.
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The Palmer House Hilton will shut off or dim its lights and fire up 1,200 candles in its main lobby and entranceway during Earth Hour. Lockwood Restaurant and Potter's Lounge will drink specials all day served with glow in the dark ice cubes and glow straws.
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Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen hosts a Candlelit Dinner from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. that features a free raw appetizer with purchase of any beverage. Wash it down with $3 Well Vodka, Gin and Rum drinks, as well as $5 Red Bull Vodkas.
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River North's Nacional 27 offers various glow in the dark dishes which include menu items like ceviche served on colored crushed ice. Specialty cocktails are served with glowing discs in the bottom of the glass.
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Cityscape Bar offers one of the best views in the city, which also gives you an opportunity to see who's participating. They're offering specialty organic drinks for $4 including the Pear Fizz with Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka, Muddled Organic Pear and Sparkling Cider along with a complimentary buffet from 8 - 9 p.m. with Organic and Local Grown Vegetable Crudite and Cheeses.
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C-View, the enclosed rooftop lounge on top of the Affinia Hotel, lights up the candles and offers up a special Earth Hour menu featuring $10 cocktails like the In the Dark (Godiva Dark, Vanilla Stoli, simple syrup), the Lights Out (Bacardi Light Rum, pineapple, strawberry, blueberries and vanilla maple syrup) and the Big Al (Veeva Acai Spirit, chamomile tea syrup, St. Germaine, organic alfalfa honey, lemon).
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The Lobby Lounge at Swissotel offers 7 organic beer and $12 glasses of wine during Earth Hour.
Osteria Via Stato dims the lights and offers 20 percent off your bill if you bring a reusable bag to grab your takeout.
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Tapas Valencia in the South Loop and Naperville's Meson Sabika will donate 5 percent of sales on Saturday to varous green charities.
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