Sixty Minutes to Save the World: Three Top Chicago Venues Support Earth Hour 2010

Turn the Lights Out at Osteria Via Stato, Nacional 27 and Red Kiva Lounge

Saturday, March 27, 2010

8:30-9:30 p.m. local time

The fourth annual Earth Hour will take place from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The global initiative began by the World Wildlife Fund asks that people, businesses and communities switch the lights off for one hour, sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action. Here at home, three Chicago venues will show their support for the cause by not only extinguishing the lights, but by also having some in-the-dark fun.

Osteria Via Stato, the cozy, convivial Italian restaurant in River North, will be candlelit during Earth Hour, but to-go dining guests will also benefit. All patrons who bring in their own reusable bags to pick up their carryout orders during regular business hours on Saturday, March 27 (5-11 p.m.) will receive 20 percent off of their bill.

The sexy South Beach-inspired surroundings of River North’s Nacional 27 are the perfect posh place to spend Earth Hour. The exotic food and drinks menus feature several “glow in the dark” options, including the popular ceviche sampling platter, which serves up four different ceviche recipes on a bed of crushed ice illuminated by colored lights ($10.95 per person). Bar chef Adam Seger’s “27 Ounces of Fun” sharing cocktails (Tiki Punch, $17; Passion Colada Daiquiri, $19; and Latin Long Island, $21) each come with a glowing disc centered in the bottom of the cocktail glass, all the better to linger over with that special someone.

Red Kiva, a stylish lounge located in the West Loop, invites guests to sip cocktails by sultry candlelight in honor of Earth Hour. The evening’s featured drink will be the GoGreenTini (a flavorful, green-hued concoction of Absolut Vanilla vodka, Sour Apple Pucker and a splash of sweet and sour, topped with a cherry, $12).

About Earth Hour 2010

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple — turning off their lights for one hour. Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents. Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including the Empire State Building, the Las Vegas Strip, the Eiffel Tower and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Osteria Via Stato

620 N. State St.

Chicago, Illinois 60654

www.osteriaviastato.com

312.642.8450

twitter@osteriaviastato

Nacional 27

325 W. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60610

312.664.2727

www.n27chicago.com

Red Kiva

1108 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

312.226.5577

http://www.redkiva.com

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