Chicago Skyscapes: Uncommon Ground restaurant

May 19, 2010 (CHICAGO)

1401 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

* other restaurant is located in Wrigleyville on Clark St.

* operating the nation's first certified organic rooftop farm

* 2,500 square foot rooftop farm; holds about 4 tons of soil for planting beds

* The restaurant's rooftop bounty includes: Fresh tomatoes, heirloom vaireties, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, and herbs, honey from beehives -- and the bees also provide pollination!

- Nation's first certified organic rooftop farm

- Soil used for planting on the roof weighs 4 tons

- Produce grown on the rooftop is used by chef's in the restaurant below

- Solar panels generate electricity used to heat the water which is used in the restaurant, cutting down on use of natural gas

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