Plant Chicago leads public and private group tours of The Plant, where visitors can see first-hand the incredible impact of a circular economy in action.
Not long ago, The Plant was an abandoned 93,500 square foot industrial space and pork processing facility.
Now it’s a larger-than-life experiment and working model for closing waste, resource and energy loops. The facility will eventually divert over 10,000 tons of food waste from landfills each year, while providing enough electricity to power over 250 homes.
During your tour, you’ll see some of our closed-loop tech demonstration projects up close, like an aquaponics farm and algae bioreactor. You can also view food production spaces for tenants at The Plant, including a brewery, British-style bakery, and various growing operations.
Learn more about The Plant here.
tons of food waste will be diverted from landfills each year
Tours last about one hour.
Public Tours are offered every Saturday at 2pm, and select Thursdays at 6pm (click button below to see upcoming Thursday evening tours). During our Farmers Market days, there are two public tours, beginning at 11:30am and 2pm.
Public Tours are open to all ages. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please be aware: The Plant is still undergoing construction. Please keep this mind when touring with children under 7.
Group tours can be arranged Tuesday through Thursday at 10 AM and 2 PM, Friday at 2 PM, and Saturday at 10 AM, given availability. We can accommodate school groups of students aged 4th grade to university. Click the button below to begin the scheduling process.
Group Tours require a minimum payment of $100, regardless of the final number of attendees. Individual tour tickets are $7/student/senior, $10/adult and free for Back of the Yards residents. We require a $40 deposit to secure your requested date and time, which will go toward your final payment.
All Group Tours must be arranged at least one week in advance of your requested date.
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Students toured The Plant in 2016