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The Plant


1400 W. 46th St.


Bridgeport / Back of the Yards


Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 4pm

Photography Permitted


The Plant is steadily developing into Chicago's premier urban farm and food business incubator. It was originally a 93,500-square-foot meatpacking facility. Today, this vertical farm and food business operation combines non-profit and for-profit models to foster sustainable agriculture. It will eventually provide 125 jobs. The Plant features sophisticated growing systems including tilapia-fueled aquaponic vegetables, a craft beer brewery and other sustainable artisanal food businesses. Also in the works is a renewable energy project featuring a massive anaerobic digester; when completed, it will consume 30 tons of food waste per day to generate energy and provide heating and cooling. The Plant is a prime example of local efforts to build a more sustainable city.

Behind the Scenes

Step inside this groundbreaking facility and get a glimpse at the future of urban food production. You'll get to take a peek into a bakery, coffee roastery, beer and kombucha breweries and hydroponic and aquaponic farms. Plus, a pop-up market will offer products grown, produced and sourced by tenants of The Plant on both Saturday 10/15 and Sunday 10/16 from 10am-2pm. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.


Part of the ComEd Sustainability Trail

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