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The Plant


1400 W. 46th St.


Back of the Yards


Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 4pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available


The Plant is a research and production facility housing a collaborative community of small food businesses and organizations. In 2010, Bubbly Dynamics acquired this 100,000-square-foot former meatpacking facility and began renovating slowly but steadily, highlighting features of the original building in accordance with Bubbly Dynamics' philosophy of reimagining waste and abandoned resources as assets. Today, The Plant houses over 20 businesses, including eight indoor and outdoor farms, beer and kombucha breweries, and other emerging food producers and distributors, as well as the recently established Packingtown Museum. 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 that provides heating and cooling. The Plant is a prime example of local efforts to build a more sustainable city. See the listing for Bubbly, also known as the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, which is participating in OHC for the first time

Visitor Experience

Step inside this groundbreaking facility and get a glimpse at the future of urban food production. You'll get to take a peek into beer and kombucha breweries, a coffee roastery, indoor farms, and much more. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Food, drink, and other products grown, manufactured, and sourced at The Plant will be available for sale.

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Part of the ComEd Sustainability Trail.

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