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.
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 is a tenant inside The Plant and collaborates with all of the businesses co-located with us, including the for profit owner/operator of The Plant , Bubbly Dynamics, LLC. To learn more about the project, including facility tours and current tenants of the building, visit Bubbly’s website.
To explore ways to learn more about local circular economies or how to get involved with Plant Chicago, read on!
people participated in Plant Chicago tours and workshops in 2017
Explore Plant Chicago’s demonstration aquaponic system – raising fish + growing plants in water. Chat with an aquaponics expert, learn more about circular economy principles, and visit some the the exciting research projects being launched in a basement farm!
Plant Chicago hosts and facilitates a wide range of educational programs for the general public on Saturdays in our classrooms and research farms at The Plant.
Our Aquaponics classes introduce participants to various aspects of designing, building and maintaining aquaponics systems. The class series covers introductory aquaponics, lighting, plumbing, water chemistry, and system design.
Plant Chicago teams up with various small businesses to offer workshops on local food and circular economy topics such as fermentation, seed starting, foraging, vegan baking, renewable energy, and other DIY projects.
Workshop and class fees range $15-$35. Sliding scale offered for those that cannot afford a fee.
Have a university, corporate, or community group that would like to do a custom workshop on aquaponics, circular economy, or other exciting topics? Private group workshops can be arranged Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10 am and 1 pm, Fridays at 1 pm, and variable times on Saturdays – given availability.
We can accommodate up to 30 attendees per group. All visits must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance of your requested date. Workshop costs vary in price, but start at $7 per student and $10 per adult. Sliding scale offered for groups that cannot afford a fee.