Closed Loop Forum & Fest

Plant Chicagoʼs Closed Loop Forum & Fest 2018 is focused on cultivating local circular economies.

The Forum 9 am – 1 pm
Ideas on neighborhood production, consumption, and waste will be shared by local thinkers and organizations. Collaborate with neighborhood businesses and innovators within urban agriculture and sustainability.


9:30 am – Waste and Opportunity 
Dominic Brose, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Mary Beth Schaye, Collective Resource, Inc.
Shantanu Pai, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

10:45 am – Production and Education 
Alex Enarson, Bubbly Dynamics (The Plant)
Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance 
Mollie Dowling, OAI,Inc
Susan Buchanan, MD, Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health

12:00 pm – Community and Consumption 
Ratih Sutrisano, North American Pakistani Students Association 
Antonio Lopez, Little Village Environmental Justice Organizationz
KEYNOTE: Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City 

Breakfast will be provided, general admission is $10. (Sliding scale options available, email for more details)

*Purchase your Forum tickets in advance and receive a free drink ticket (Whiner Beer or non-alcoholic option) for The Fest!*

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Poster Session 1-3 pm
The poster session will highlight some of the circular economy research happening at The Plant, local universities, and within Back of the Yards businesses and schools. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.

The Fest 1-7 pm
Learn new DIY skills and share resources while enjoying music and food from all around Chicago. General admission is $15. Children 12 and under enter free of charge. $5 discount offered for Back of the Yards/New City residents (60609 zip) email Kassie at for promo code.

1:15 – 2 pm Yuri Basho Lane
2:15 – 3 pm Third Coast Jazz & Blues with Matthew Skoller & Tom Holland
3:15 – 4 pm Fox and Hounds
4:15 – 5 pm Ace da Vinci
DJ’s from After School Matters
5:15 – 6 pm Lovejoy
6 – 6:45 pm Súbele

Amor Y Sofrito, Ćevapčići Chicago, Closed Loop Farms, La Monarca P.L.A.C.E., Sacred Serve, Ste Martaen, and Temo’s Tamales

Whiner Brewery, Low Rez, Horse Thief Hollow. Apologue Liqueurs, Top Note Tonic, and Kombuchade for $5. Beer for 21+ attendees.

1 – 2 pm Atoms for Kids (science fun)
2 – 3 pm Working Bikes Repair Clinic
3 – 5 pm Reuse Crafting with Emily Elise (all ages)
5 – 6 pm Fish Filet Demo
6 – 7 pm Bee Harvesting with Bike a Bee

COMMUNITY PARTNERS, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Chicago Conservation Corps, Citizens Utility Board, Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange – CCRX, Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, Delta Institute, Environmentalists of Color, Faith in Place, Food & Water Watch – Midwest, Food Recovery Network at UIC, Gardeneers, Grow Greater Englewood, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Imperfect Produce, Moon Rise, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Rebuilding Exchange, Sierra Club Illinois, Slow Food Chicago, Student Conservation Association, The WasteShed, Working Bikes, and Zero Waste Chicago!

All proceeds for the Closed Loop Forum & Fest go to fund Plant Chicago programming.

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