Frequently Asked Questions

Festival Location, Dates, Hours, and Entry

Where is the festival?

Veggie Fest Chicago 2024 will be held at Danada South Park, 2701 Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL 60532. August 10 & 11, from 11AM to 8PM. There will be a MAIN ENTRANCE. Refer to the map right below for guidance.

VeggieFest FAQ Location Map

Do I need a ticket to enter the festival?

The festival is free to all. Registration is advised so you can get up-to-date information about the festival (register here) But walk-ins are always welcome!

The only tickets sold at the festival are for the amazing vegan and vegetarian cuisines in the International Food Court. The ticket sales booth for food items is located near the Food Court (XX). Each ticket is 1$ per. Pay with cash or credit card.

How can I find my way around the festival?

An interactive map of the festival ground can be accessed on your mobile device by visiting the home page of VeggieFestChicago.org.

What to Bring or Leave at Home

Can I bring my pet to the park?

Pets are not allowed at the festival, but Service Animals (with proper documentation) are allowed. Emotional support animals, however, are not allowed at the festival.

Can I bring in outside food / beverage or a blanket / chair?

No outside food or beverages are allowed into the park. No alcohol will be sold or consumed at the festival. Guests may bring their own blankets and chairs. Coolers are not allowed.

What items are allowed, and which one are prohibited?

The following items are ALLOWED at Veggie Fest

  • Strollers;
  • Binoculars;
  • Blankets;
  • Wheelchairs and walkers;
  • Cameras and Go Pro cameras without detachable lenses and other accessories (such as monopods and tripods);
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (no aerosol containers).

The following items are PROHIBITED at Veggie Fest

  • Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed container;
  • Per Lisle Park District Policy there is no smoking or vaping allowed;
  • No cigarettes, E-Cigs, or Vaping devices;
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed at the festival;
  • No alcoholic beverages are sold or allowed at the festival;
  • Any and all professional video equipment—no video recording will be allowed;
  • Drones or any other remote flying devices;
  • Coolers of any kind (exceptions may be made for medical use);
  • Glass Containers;
  • Bicycles on the festival grounds;
  • Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.).

Food at the Festival

Is the festival vegetarian or vegan?

Veggie Fest is a vegan and vegetarian festival. We promote veganism and vegetarianism and have plenty of options for both!

How much does the food cost at the festival?

The only tickets sold at the festival are for the amazing vegan and vegetarian cuisine in the International Food Court. The Ticket Sales booth for food items is located near the Food Court. Each ticket is 1$ per and food costs range between $2 and $10. Purchase tickets with cash or credit card. An ATM will also be at the festival. (XX)

Getting to the Festival

What Are the Transit Options & Parking for Veggie Fest?

Public Transportation
Metra makes getting to the Fest easy. Plan your trip today using the Metra Rail Tracker. From Lisle Train Station take an 8-minute Uber ride to the Fest. (Plan your itinerary with this link)

Uber & Lyft
Take an Uber or Lyft and get dropped off near the gates at 4045 Naperville Road, Lisle, IL 60532 (North Wing of the SOS International Meditation Center). It’s a short walk to the festival entrance from there.

VeggieFest FAQ Ride Share Map

Where do I park my bicycle at the festival?

Although bicycles are not allowed on the festival grounds, Veggie Fest offers bike parking at the Sensory Garden—Play For All parking lot: 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle, IL 60532. Remember to roll with your lock to keep your bike secure while you’re at the festival.

Free Parking at the Festival

Where do I park at Veggie Fest?

Convenient and security patrolled, FREE parking is available near the festival at Navistar, 2701 Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL 60532 (Get directions).

VeggieFest FAQ Location Map

Airports & Lodging

Are there nearby hotels and discounted rates?

For discounted hotel rates and information, contact Jonathan Kruger at jonathankruger@sos.org.

Which Airport Should I Fly into to visit the festival?

Both Chicago airports—O’Hare and Midway—will get you on your way to the festival. Veggie Fest is located in the western suburbs of Chicago, about 30 minutes west of the city.

There are also many transportation options including taxis, rental cars, ride sharing, and public transportation that will take you to your Veggie Fest destination in Lisle, IL.

Medical Considerations

What if I have mobility issues but want to attend the festival?

The Festival grounds are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that most of the festival is over natural terrain. If it should rain there will be mud in some places. Wheelchairs and power wheelchairs are allowed for use by patrons. For safety reasons, requests to use other power-driven mobility devices will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We do not provide personal care or push service. In addition, the festival does not provide wheelchairs for rent or loan. Please make arrangements in advance. 

Can I bring Insulin shots to the festival?

A patron requiring insulin is allowed to bring his or her medically necessary materials and medications provided all medicine has a prescription label with the patron’s name. Out of concern for the festival staff and volunteers who handle the trash, please dispose of your medical waste and syringes in the proper disposal located at the First Aide tent (XX). Please do not dispose of these items in other trash bins at the festival.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Food allergens are listed at each food booth, but it’s always good practice to inquire. Outside food and drinks are not allowed at the festival. No alcoholic beverages are sold or allowed at our family-friendly festival. 

Can I bring Service Animals at the Festival?

Pets are not allowed at the festival, but Service Animals (with proper documentation) are allowed. Emotional support animals, however, are not allowed at the festival.

Safety at the Festival

Safety at the Festival

Veggie Fest is following the guidance of local, regional and national authorities regarding safety and security. We want every guest to feel safe at the festival. If you have an immediate need while on-site, make your way to the Administration tent (XX) where the Safety team and police can be notified.

Emergencies at the Festival

What do I do if there is a missing child?

Please go immediately to the Administration tent (XX) to contact a member of our Safety Staff. Please do not let the child leave the area. A member of the Safety Team will assist in the efforts to quickly locate a parent or guardian. Before releasing the lost child, we make sure that the child can correctly identify the parent / guardian.

What do I do in the event of inclement weather?

In the event of extreme weather conditions, please adhere to the announcements being made by local authorities.

Where are the First Aide Tent and the Treatment Tent located?

These tents are located at XX and XX. the First Aid Tent provides hydration, bug spray, sunscreen and band-aids for VF guests and triages those needing a further evaluation at the Treatment Tent nearby. In the Treatment Tent, an array of First Aid services are provided and EMS is contacted when needed.

Who should I contact in the event of an emergency?

We want every guest to feel safe at the festival. If you have an immediate need while on-site, go to the Administration Tent (XX). This is where Security can be located. VF Volunteers communicate via radios while on site and can be located / notified quickly.

Where are the washrooms located?

Please refer to the map for location (XX).

Where is the ATM at the festival?

There will be an ATM at the festival (XX).

Where is Lost and Found?

“Lost & Found” is located at the Administration Tent (XX).

For Spanish-speaking Festival Goers

Es el festival vegetariano un evento amigable para los hispanos?

¡Tendremos traducción al español en nuestra Carpa principal y en las demostraciones de cocina. Habrá literatura disponible y tres charlas en español (ver página web en español) ademas de una banda de música latina!

Children at the Festival

What kids’ activities are going on throughout Veggie Fest?

There are many activities scheduled at the Children’s Activities Tent, from face painting, games, live music, story-telling, to our very own parade. For a schedule of events please visit the home page on VeggieFestChicago.org and select “Family Fun,” or go to the Children’s Activities Tent (XX) for more information.

Contact Information

How do I go about getting information about being a vendor, sponsor, speaker, chef, or part of the musical performances?

For Sponsorship inquiries, please contact Jonathan Kruger at jonathankruger@sos.org.

For Vendor Inquiries, please contact Mike or Babita Ribet at babitar@sos.org or miker@sos.org.

For Food Demonstrations, please contact Mike or Babita Ribet at babitar@sos.org or miker@sos.org.

For Musical Performances, please contact Richard Dworsky at dworskywebsitemail@comcast.net

For Speakers, please contact Jonathan Kruger at jonathankruger@sos.org.

How can I participate at Veggie Fest?

How can I participate at Veggie Fest?

Veggie Fest is committed to supporting organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all beings with whom we share this beautiful planet.

  • a. Sustainability – Veggie Fest strives to mitigate its impact on the environment. We take pride in the efforts of our guests in helping to maintain the integrity of the park during the Veggie Fest weekend. Partner with us by participating in recycling and composting. 
  • b. Serving the Community – There are many opportunities to give back to our community. Feel free to drop by designated areas at the festival and discover how you can support these worthwhile causes: Blood Drive, Food Donation Drive, Sensory Garden and Playground—Play for All, Humanitarian Service Project, and People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.
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