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Testa Produce

RSVP required to visit this site.
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Address

4555 S. Racine Ave.

Neighborhood

Back of the Yards

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 2pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect

Epstein, 2011

Description

Testa Produce is a family-owned and operated produce distributor in business for over a century. They serve restaurants, hotels, schools, country clubs, sporting arenas and hospitals from Wisconsin to central Illinois. Testa's LEED-Platinum refrigerated food service facility designed by Epstein was the first of its kind in the U.S. The warehouse features sustainable technologies including a 750-kilowatt wind turbine and solar panels that together produce an average of 35 percent of the building’s energy needs. Testa Produce also has a solar thermal hot water system for heating water; an extensive system that recovers rainwater for non-potable purposes; LED lighting and skylighting; a vegetated roof; and compressed natural gas (CNG) and bio-diesel delivery trucks.

Visitor Experience

RSVP Only site: This site requires advance registration and will not accept drop-in visitors. All tours are full.

Tour the offices and distribution warehouse where produce and packaged foods are received and sorted. Weather permitting, step onto the green roof to get a closer look at one of the few full-size wind turbines in Chicago, plus an uninterrupted view of the skyline. Reservations required. Note: No sandals, food/drink or jewelry allowed. Dress appropriately as temperatures in the warehouse are cold.