Every donation makes a difference.

With your support, we can provide free or low cost STEM programs for schools, launch new research projects, and sponsor local sustainable food entrepreneurs.
  • $20 offsets a vendor fee for a community organization, garden or school at our market
  • $50 allows us to distribute healthy food incentives for low income family at our farmers market.
  • $100 provides a free hands-on STEM workshop for up to 30 youth from Back of the Yards or other under resourced schools.
  • $150 can support new and ongoing circular economy research projects, including evaluating the efficiency of different indoor growing methods.


Below are just some of the things your donations helped to support in the past year:

  • Provide hands-on STEM education on circular economy principles to over 3,000 youth from the Chicago region
  • Distribute over $3,700 of Link and Healthy Food incentives to low-income families to buy fresh, local produce
  • Provide support for 35 small vendors though our market, close to 2/3 women or minority owned businesses, while diverting over 80% of market “waste” materials from the landfill
  • Publish numerous open-source research projects on our website, in collaboration with local research institutions and small businesses

Plant Chicago is a registered 501(c)3 organization; all donations are tax-deductible.

over 20%

of our annual budget relies on donations from individuals like you!


We love our volunteers!

We’re always looking for helping hands on a variety of projects, from helping with education programs and tending chickens to community outreach and market help.

Interested? Visit our News + Events page to join our next orientation.


Pre-oriented volunteers are welcome on Saturdays for the following shifts:

10am–5pm (full day volunteers please pack a lunch!)

For groups of five or more interested in volunteering, email us to see what upcoming projects you can help out with.


An internship with Plant Chicago is a one-of-a-kind experience.
In addition to working closely with our small staff and volunteers, our interns also complete a closed-loop project of their own design.
Internships last 8–12 weeks. Though unpaid, they may be completed for school credit.

Current Availability

Plant Chicago is now recruiting for fall and winter research interns! If interested,  please send resume + cover letter to our technology coordinator at eric@plantchicago.org.