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GREEN INITIATIVES

Ranked #1 by The Economist for environmental policies, Chicago is home to more green-certified buildings and rooftop gardens than any other city in the country.

LEED BUILDINGS

McCormick Place: South Building during Midday

With 67 LEED-certified projects, as well as 133 silver, 165 gold and 36 platinum, Chicago officially has more green-certified buildings than any other city in the country. This includes McCormick Place West and the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago also has more green-certified hotels than any other city in the United States, according to USA Today. 

GREEN ARCHITECTURE

Chicago has 300-plus green rooftops, covering 5.5 million square feet. They can be found on top of buildings including City Hall, Target, Apple store and even some McDonald's restaurants.

GUARANTEED GREEN CHICAGO RESTAURANTS

Chicago's visitors and locals can choose from a large list of Certified Green Restaurants and caterers in the city.

GREEN MUSEUMS

Ten museums, including The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium, have taken the lead in adopting environmentally friendly practices, from green business operations to green exhibits.

ECO-FRIENDLY AIRPORTS

O'Hare is home of the world's first airport aeroponic garden, which provides fresh produce and herbs to the airport's restaurants year-round. Both O’Hare and Midway Airport International concessions went green by the end of 2013 by participating in recycling, use of ecofriendly packaging, procuring sustainable ingredients, and donating surplus food

For more information about O'Hare Airport's commitment to the environment, click here. For more information about Midway Airport's sustainability efforts, click here

CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY: SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

Divvy Bike

  • Hybrid Buses: Chicago Transportation has 250 eco-friendly hybrid buses
  • Divvy Bikes: There are 6,000 Divvy bikes available for renting at 580 stations across Chicago, making ours the largest bike sharing program in the country

For more information about what the Chicago Transit Authority is doing to go green, click here.

CHICAGO AS AN ECO-FRIENDLY DESTINATION

In addition to having the largest convention center in the Western hemisphere, Chicago’s McCormick Place is dedicated to the highest standards of sustainability. To read more about McCormick Place’s green initiatives, click here [link].

Chicago boasts 600 parks, 8100 acres of green space, bird sanctuaries, wildlife preserves and miles of sandy beaches. The City of Chicago has a steadfast commitment to becoming one of the country’s most eco-friendly destinations for visitors and conventions:

  • Chicago Climate Action Plan Learn about Chicago's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020
  • Smart Grid Legislation Find out how recent legislation will build Smart Grid technologies and modernize Chicago's electric system
  • Solar Grant View Chicago's recently awarded grant to reduce the barriers and costs associated with solar energy

Choose Chicago's Environmental Policy is available for review upon request.