Plant Chicago runs programs out of our indoor aquaponics farm, net-zero classroom, shared mycology lab, 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 revalue their “waste”. Plant Chicago is a educational non-profit housed inside The Plant.
We collaborate 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 Plant, 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!
small food businesses are co-located with Plant Chicago
Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Learn more about Plant Chicago’s research through self guided visits of our aquaponic farm in the basement of The Plant! Stop by on a Saturday anytime between 12-2pm to learn more about circular economy principles, view our waste museum, hear from current interns, and explore our demonstration aquaponic system – raising fish + growing plants in water. Scroll down to view our research projects!
Please note: We will not be hosting Open Farm Hours on Saturdays 9/21 and 9/28
We offer the following workshops for adults and university level students:
Aquaponics: Design Challenge
Delve deeper into the science behind aquaponics and learn more about the nitrogen system! Participants are challenged to build their own system (not for taking home) using predetermined materials.
Circular Economy Workshop
Challenge your students/organization to think critically about our current economic system and solve real world problems! This team oriented workshop shows the feasibility of designing large scale circular economies through comparing the life cycle of a plastic bottle with the forest ecosystem. Participants work together to propose ideas for businesses to minimize ‘waste,’ increase efficiency, and close resource and energy loops.
Information on our K-12 education programs here
We offer private workshops Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10 am and 1 pm, Fridays at 1 pm, and variable times on Saturdays. We can accommodate up to 30 attendees per group. All visits must be arranged at least 2 weeks in advance of your requested date. Workshops are a minimum payment of $150, with individual tickets priced at $7/student and $10/adult. Sliding scale offered.
Have an idea for a workshop that you would like to lead? Have other questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant Chicago hosts and facilitates a wide range of educational programs for the general public in our classroom and research farms at The Plant.
Our Aquaponics classes introduce participants to various aspects of designing, building, and maintaining aquaponics systems. The entire 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 from $15-$35. Sliding scale offered.
Plant Chicago’s brick & mortar farmstand is located in the lobby of The Plant. Inside you’ll find Plant Chicago merchandise and food and beverage items produced and distributed by our fellow tenants of The Plant. We also stock books and a variety of products from companies whose practices align with our mission to cultivate local circular economies.
people participated in workshops in 2018