Corks & Crayons 2015

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Welcome to Corks & Crayons, Purple Asparagus’ annual tasting event benefiting our nutrition education programming! Come savor sustainable and scrumptious offerings from some of Chicago’s best chefs!


We’ll be adding more chefs so be sure follow us on Facebook and Twitter or check back soon to see who else will be serving delicious eats.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, August 23 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adults (19 and Older) $75 Youth (Ages 5 to 18) $15 Children 5 & Under Are Free.

Location: Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange),  2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647


About Corks & Crayons

Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft, this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs, beer from Ale Syndicate.  During the event there will be many activities to keep the entire family entertained including a mini farmers market, tours of the LEED Certified Green Exchange, a photo booth, an art experience from for the kids, a silent auction, raffle prize drawings, specialty cocktails, beer and wine, and more.  And, because Purple Asparagus cares about the environment too, the event is waste-free and everything is either recycled or composted.

Purple Asparagus, winner of the 2012 International Association of Culinary Professionals Culinary Youth Advocate award, helps thousands of school children throughout Chicagoland learn better eating habits through their flagship program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures. Proceeds from the Corks & Crayons event directly support Purple Asparagus’ educational programming.

Public Transportation

Diversey Bus #76 stops right in front of the Green Exchange California Bus #52 stops three blocks west of the Green Exchange Western Bus #49 stops three blocks east of the Green Exchange Blue Line California Station is a 5 minute walk to from the Green Exchange


Street parking is available on Diversey, along with parking spots on the East side of the Green Exchange. A paid lot is also available at the Regal Cinema (corner of Western and Schubert) for $2 a day.

Event Contacts

Stephen Landfear, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,, (773) 606-8543

Melissa Graham, Executive Director, Purple Asparagus,

David D’Silva, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,

Lori Klamo, Corks & Crayons Co-Chair,

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