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The Plant

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1400 W. 46th St.


Back of the Yards


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, features of which were preserved in accordance with Bubbly Dynamics’ philosophy of reimagining waste and abandoned resources as assets. Today, this collaborative community of food businesses fosters sustainable agriculture and food production. 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.

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Part of the ComEd Sustainability Trail

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