Uncommon Ground is unlike other Chicago restaurants because it features a certified rooftop farm growing organic produce. Sprawled over 2500 square feet (232 square meters), its wood-decked terrace has earthboxes, planter boxes and novel irrigation systems to grow thyme, rosemary, heirloom tomatoes, mustard, shallots, okra, parsley and tarragon among many other vegetables and herbs. Colorful zinnias, nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas also grow in the soil. The terrace has solar panels for heating water, while all the wood used in the entire restaurant is sourced only from fallen trees. Even used oil from the kitchen is donated to make bio diesel. For all these initiatives, it has won several awards along with its sister restaurant Uncommon Ground on Clark, which houses a brewery. Some of these accolades include Mayor's Landscape Award, USGBC Environmotion Award and Governor's Sustainability Award. It is also counted among the “Greenest Restaurants in the World” by the Green Restaurant Association. As this eatery uses ingredients grown in its own and other local farms, the food is always fresh and seasonal. Cultural initiatives are not left to chance either: live music events are held here daily and art exhibitions once a month.