Waste is an opportunity.
The best natural resource is the one that has already been extracted. Our work begins where others’ consumption ends, where energy would be otherwise lost to landfills or abandoned.
Innovation is imperative.
We can and will cultivate healthier, more sustainable cities by continuously and creatively disrupting old processes.
Together, people are strong.
Lasting, collaborative partnerships are key to creating environments where individuals, organizations and communities flourish.
Results demand action.
Action is the most effective stimulus for progress. We promote a hands-on approach to research, development and education.
Knowledge is power.
Access to information is essential for driving change. At Plant Chicago, we are committed to open-source distribution of knowledge.
We coordinate a variety of field trip programs about the science and social value behind our work. Our lab topics include: Aquaponics, Circular Economy, Life Cycle of a Salad, Native Pollinators, and Vermicomposting.
Plant Chicago's Local Circular Economy Leaders Network is a support network for small businesses interested in working with and learning from each other to co-create and cultivate a local circular economy in Chicago.
Our farmers market engages and strengthens the community with locally grown and locally sold produce. Activities include a kids table, cooking demonstrations and tastings,  workshops, and food scrap drop-off.
Plant Chicago is partnering with The Urban Canopy to distribute Local Produce Boxes to our neighbors on the southwest side. Our office in Back of the Yards is a pick up site for Link card holders to pick up boxes of produce, bread, and eggs!



Photography by David Belkin


We’re working to make our cities healthier and more efficient by developing and sharing the most innovative methods for sustainable food production, energy conservation and material reuse.

  • Introduction to Aquaponics
    Introduction to Aquaponics
    Virtual Class
    Sep 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Virtual Class
    Come learn the ins and outs of growing fish and plants together in your own home.
  • Plant Chicago Farmers Market
    Plant Chicago Farmers Market
    Sep 18, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Chicago, 4430 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Plant Chicago is continuing its farmers market season at Davis Square Park (45th and Marshfield) Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm. Vendors include Back of the Yards Coffee, Bee-utiful Honey, Cedillo's Fresh Produce, Bravo, Piel Bella By Jazz, Quarter Mile Hot Sauce, Culture Box & more!
  • Reconnect to Nature: Fall Urban Foraging
    Reconnect to Nature: Fall Urban Foraging
    Plant Chicago
    Sep 25, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Come join Nina Lawrin of loveren collections on an "Everyday Forage" urban hike near McKinley Park!
  • Circular Reflections: Community Art Installation
    Circular Reflections: Community Art Installation
    Sep 25, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Share your artistic talent and ideas while contributing to a communal art piece at our location! All ages and abilities welcome!
  • Mending A Life Workshop
    Mending A Life Workshop
    Plant Chicago
    Oct 23, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, Plant Chicago, South Marshfield Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
    We invite you to bring in clothing or household items that is need of mending and we will mend together!
  • Community Wealth Garden Mural Workshop
    Community Wealth Garden Mural Workshop
    Plant Chicago
    Oct 30, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Let’s paint a beautiful mural together! Join artist & art educator, Haerim Lee, for this fun and creative community driven mural workshop.