Sustainability means a lot of things to a small business. It can mean being environmentally responsible, forward thinking and green. It can mean establishing ethical business practices that create a harmonious and productive work culture. At the end of the day, the word literally means “the ability to be sustained, supported, or upheld.” The Sustainable Speakers Series connects our members to educational and networking opportunities designed to make addressing these issues easier and more rewarding. Ravenswood is home to one of Chicago’s most diverse and forward-thinking business communities, and we’re happy to play a role in developing a commercial culture that rewards commitments to environmental, ethical, and community-minded practices.

2016 Sustainable Speaker Series

We are proud to join our partners in presenting the 3rd installment of our annual Sustainable Speakers Series. This year’s program features presentations from local ‘green’ experts, including:

Bringing Sustainability to the Web
Tim Frick, Mightybytes

Greening the Streets: Reclaiming Urban Space for Green Infrastructure
Matt Nardella, moss

Rethinking Your Environmental Approach
Liam Donnelly, WasteNot Compost

Food + drink provided by:
Spoken Cafe
Dovetail Brewing
Sweet Sensations Pastry

Thursday, July 28th at Artifact Events
4325 N Ravenswood | 6-9 PM


Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, June 28th.
Advanced tickets are $20 for GRCC members and $25 for non-members. Tickets at the door (if available) are $25 for GRCC members and $30 for non-members.

The 2016 Sustainable Speakers Series is sponsored by:


The Sustainable Speakers Series is sponsored by the GRCC, Artifact Events, Compass(x) Strategy, Jell Creative, SMB Help DeskStoryStudio Chicago and Verde Sustainable Solutions.


2015: Sustainable Speakers Series: ‘B the Change’ at Lillstreet Art Center

In the summer of 2015 the GRCC partnered with B Corp Illinois, B the Change Media and Lillstreet Art Center to present B the Change. The event featured an inspiring presentation from author Bryan Welch, testimonials from several Ravenswood business that are certified B Corporations, and a chance to connect with other sustainability-minded professionals on Lillstreet’s gorgeous rooftop garden. Popular Montrose cafe Spoken served up some wonderful cajun small bites, while Ravenswood newest suds sligers, Dovetail Brewery, debuted a delicious German style beer that was perfect for summer rooftop consumption. 

2014: Sustainable Speakers Series: Green in Ravenswood at Begyle Brewing

Our fall of ’14 SBS event brought together several experts in sustainability-related fields for open house style presentations inside Begyle’s brewery. Guests enjoyed locally crafted beers and small bites from Mangal Bar & Grille while moving between informational stations and flash workshops. Among the participants were Chicago Conservation Corps electricity expert Janice Thomson, Water Director for the Center for Neighborhood Technology Harriet Festing, and representatives from the Chicago Market Co-Op, who are working to launch a community-based grocery store that will provide farm to table transparency about food, its origins and its processes.