Plant Chicago leads public and private group workshops at 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 collaborative collaborative community of food businesses looking to re-value their “waste”.

Learn more about Bubbly and The Plant here.

Plant Chicago offer hands-on workshops that delve deeper into the circular economy. During your visit, you’ll get hands-on experiences with some of Plant Chicago’s closed-loop tech demonstration projects, like an aquaponics farm and algae bioreactor. Challenge yourself to think critically about our current economic system and consumption!


tons of food waste will be diverted from landfills each year

Plan Your Visit

Public Circular Economy Workshops


  • Students & Seniors: $7
  • Adults: $10
  • Back of the Yards Residents: Free

Public Workshops are offered every Saturday and select Thursdays evenings year-round. (click button below to see upcoming Thursday evening events).

Public Workshops are open to all ages. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Public workshops can accommodate up to 30 participants, so make sure to purchase your tickets in advance!


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Group Circular Economy Workshops


  • Students & Seniors: $7
  • Adults: $10
  • Group Minimum: $150
  • Back of the Yards Residents: Free

Group Workshops can be arranged Tuesday – Thursday at 10 am and 2 pm, Friday at 2 pm, and Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, given availability. For information on our K-12 education programs visit

Group Workshops are available for corporate groups, community organizations, university classes, and more. Challenge yourself and others to think critically about our current economic system and consumption! This team oriented workshop compares our current linear economic system with the circular economy through hands-on activities.

Plant Chicago’s Circular Economy Workshops last roughly 1 hour in length, and features our demonstration aquaponics farm, outdoor garden, chickens, and more. We’ll discuss the practices of the food businesses co-located with us inside The Plant as an example of the circular economy in action.

We can accommodate up to 40 attendees per workshop. All visits must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance of your requested date.

Please email with any questions! Click the button below to begin the scheduling process.


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Students visitedThe Plant with Plant Chicago in 2017

current tech demonstration projects

Algae Bioreactor

An efficient method for processing waste, the bioreactor produces Spirulina, a fast-growing and nutritious algae—perfect for our homemade fish food.  We're using nutrients from the aquaponics farm.

Aquaponics Farm

Aquaculture and hydroponics combine, allowing us to raise fish and produce without soil, using the fish waste to fertilize plants. We’ve been experimenting with homemade fish food recipes, using biomaterials produced on site to increase nutrition and lower costs. We're using spent grains from the brewer on site, Whiner Brewery, as a source of food for our fish.

Miniature Anaerobic Biodigester

Anaerobic digestion is a highly efficient, low-oxygen method for converting organic matter like food waste into biofuel. We feed our miniature digester kitchen scraps to test feedback ratios and gas production and gauge the scalability of the process.


Waste is an opportunity, and Plant Chicago has experimented with various "waste" materials from Whiner Brewery and 4 Letter Word Coffee and turning it into a combustible fuel source. We're experimenting with using the briquettes to offset wood consumption in Pleasant House's wood fired oven.