Plant Chicago cultivates local circular economies.
Not long ago, The Plant was an abandoned 93,500 square foot pork processing facility. Now it’s a collaborative community of food businesses looking to re-value their “waste”.
Plant Chicago holds classes, workshops and more educational programming that explore circular economy principles. Our programs take place in our indoor aquaponics farm, net-zero classroom, and outdoor learning spaces on-site at The Plant.
The Plant is a project of Bubbly Dynamics, LLC. To learn more about the project, including facility tours and current tenants of the building, visit Bubbly’s website.
people participated in Plant Chicago tours and workshops in 2017
Circular Economy workshops are available for individuals, corporate groups, community organizations, university classes, and more. Challenge yourself and others to think critically about our current economic system and consumption!
Workshops lasts roughly 1 hour in length, and feature our demonstration aquaponics farm, outdoor garden, chickens, and more. We’ll explore the practices of the food businesses co-located with us inside The Plant as an example of the circular economy in action.
We offer public workshops every Saturday and by reservation throughout the week.
Individuals looking to participate in a workshop can visit every Saturday at 11:30 am. Space is limited so make sure to purchase your tickets in advance!
Have a large group or can’t attend on a Saturday? Private workshops can be arranged Tuesday – Thursday at 10 am and 1 pm, Friday at 1 pm, and Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, given availability.
We can accommodate up to 40 attendees per group. All visits must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance of your requested date. If you’d like to schedule a private workshop, please fill out this form.
Plant Chicago runs a series of five workshops that introduce various aspects of designing, building and maintaining aquaponics systems. The workshop series covers, introductory aquaponics, lighting, plumbing, water chemistry, and system design.
Plant Chicago teams up with various partners to offer co-branded workshops on various local food and circular economy topics such as fermentation, seed starting, foraging, vegan baking, renewable energy and more.