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Veggie Bingo Kicks Off 10th Season Wednesday

Get "bingo"? You can win a big bag of farm-fresh veggies.

Veggie Bingo kicks off its new season on Wednesday at the Hideout.
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BUCKTOWN— Veggie Bingo is season is here again.

Now in its tenth year, the weekly bingo game returns to The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabasnia Ave. from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Each week, players can sip beers and eat hot dogs while playing to win an array of green goodies and prizes. All money raised benefits local community gardens. 

Wednesday’s game benefits the McKinley Community Play Garden and features guest callers David Kodeski and Edward Thomas-Herrera (The Neo-Futurists alums). 

Participants who get “bingo” by matching the caller’s numbers could win donated prizes including farm-fresh vegetables, locally sourced edibles and gift certificates. The grand prize is a giant bag of organic produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks.

And since the numbers are announced via a loud speaker that extends to the picnic tables out front, you can hang out on the patio and still participate.

Bingo cards are $4 each, or 3 for $10. Hot dogs are available for  a suggested $3 donation.

Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, while dogs with owners can hang on the patio, but are not allowed inside the bar.

This Veggie Bingo 2018 season benefits the following gardens:

7/18: McKinley Community Play Garden

7/25: Fulton Flower and Vegetable Garden

8/1:South Chicago’s People Park, Artist’s Garden, and the Bush Community Garden

8/8: Hermitage Street Community Garden

8/15: Children’s Garden of Hope

8/22: PreServe Garden

8/29: Las Semillas de Justicia Community Garden

9/5: Montrose Metra Community Garden

9/12: El Paseo Community GardenXochiquetzal Peace GardenEl Jardin de las Mariposas, and La Huerta Roots and Rays Community Garden

9/19: Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm with special guest – Oscar Meyer’s Community and School Garden.