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McCormick Place Rooftop Farm

Address

2301 S. Indiana Ave.
Gate 41, SE corner of Cermak & Indiana

Neighborhood

South Loop / Prairie Avenue

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 3pm

Sun, Oct 20: Closed

Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

tvsdesign, 2007

Description

Vegetables can grow in the most unexpected places, including the roof of the McCormick Place West Building. Architects planned a green roof to mitigate the environmental impact of the building, and went a step further by creating a charming terrace event space with skyline views. In 2013, the Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest program transformed the massive 20,000-square-foot roof into the largest farm-to-fork rooftop garden in the Midwest. More than 8,000 pounds of produce are grown on the roof each year for SAVOR...Chicago, the convention center's food service provider and Windy City Harvest program partner. Though this is just a fraction of the food served to visitors to McCormick Place and the growing McCormick Square neighborhood, it reduces the need to transport produce to the convention center.

Visitor Experience

Take a guided tour of the garden atop the McCormick Place West Building, focusing on biodiversity and growing practices. See the variety of produce grown on the roof, including items from the Slow Food Ark of Taste projects.