The Garfield Park Conservatory, Land and Sea Dept., and NRDC present Earth Day 2017: The “NOT A HOAX” Party

April 22 at the Garfield Park Conservatory VIP Cocktail Hour 6-7pm, General Admission 7-10pm

The Garfield Park Conservatory, Land and Sea Dept., and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excited to partner on a special Earth Day celebration, held on April 22, at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

While last year’s sold out Earth Day party highlighted preserving our environment’s pollinators, this year’s event – Not a Hoax – will focus on climate change. The party will feature drinks, food and music curated by Land and Sea Dept., alongside environmental programming from NRDC.

A fundraiser and a call to action, the event seeks to raise awareness about a suite of environmental protections under attack by the new administration, and aims to harness the energy and passion of the public to pressure lawmakers into recognizing climate change as a serious and real problem.

Proceeds from tickets and a portion of bar sales will help NRDC and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance continue their vital work protecting the environment.

“This is the 47th year that the world will celebrate Earth Day. We’re more determined than ever to make sure our country’s 45th President does not thwart the incredible progress we’ve made to combat climate change internationally, nationally and locally.” said Elizabeth Corr, Manager of Art Partnerships & Events at NRDC.

Chicago-based Air Credits (a collaboration of The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck) will be performing during the party, with opening sets by local favorites Sidewalk Chalk and DJ Audio Jack.

Chef Abra Berens of Local Foods will be creating a menu of Earth Day-oriented bites for a special VIP hour (6-7pm). Minimizing food waste and supporting the planet are both very important in Chef Abra’s day-to-day work, and those values will surely be reflected in the VIP hour offerings.

The VIP hour will also include cocktails by Land and Sea Dept. beverage director Paul McGee featuring Corazon Tequila, as well as bio-dynamic wines selected by LSD wine director Andrew Algren and beer from Lagunitas, a local member of the NRDC’s Brewers for Clean Water campaign.

Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be available during the general admission portion of the night. Please purchase drink tickets in advance of attending. Available here:

VIP hour tickets are $100 and general admission tickets are $25. All are available to purchase via Ticketfly here:

Chicago’s bike share program, Divvy, will be offering a free 24-hour pass to the first 75 ticket purchasers.

Press Inquiries

Carrie Sloan, Land and Sea Dept.

Margie Kelly, Natural Resources Defense Council,

About the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Located just 15 minutes west of downtown Chicago, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a unique horticultural gem and a historic landmark. The Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by celebrated landscape architect Jens Jensen and opened to the public in 1908. The Conservatory, which is owned and operated by the Chicago Park District, is open 365 days of the year, with free admission and free parking. The not-for-profit Garfield Park Conservatory

Alliance was incorporated in 1998 to support the Conservatory and to develop and deliver programming, events, and visitor services. Recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2013, the Alliance interprets the Conservatory’s extraordinary plant collections for 200,000 visitors each year, including 15,000 local schoolchildren. A variety of programs, including school tours, family educational activities, and adult gardening workshops, enable children and adults to explore the Conservatory and lean about plants, the environment and gardening.

About Land and Sea Dept.

Land and Sea Dept. is a Chicago-based concept and project development studio working creatively and passionately across disciplines. Its principals – Cody Hudson, Jon Martin, Robert McAdams and Peter Toalson – have collective decades of involvement in the fields of art, construction, design, event

production, identity, marketing, music, and woodworking. Their experience allows them to apply their unique creative perspectives across a variety of applications and constantly develop new concepts.

Land and Sea Dept. has completed a broad range of projects (art exhibitions, film screenings, live concerts, bars, restaurants, structural designs, and more), including some of Logan Square’s best-loved establishments: Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, and Lost Lake. Most recently, Land and Sea Dept. opened four restaurant concepts within the restored and reimagined Chicago Athletic Association: Cherry Circle Room, Game Room, Drawing Room, and Milk Room.

About the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, its lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC