WHAT WE BELIEVE
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.
OUR PROGRAMS
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!
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CLOSED LOOP,

OPEN SOURCE

Photography by David Belkin

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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.

FEATURED EVENTS
  • Harvest Party: Celebrating 10 Years of Plant Chicago
    Harvest Party: Celebrating 10 Years of Plant Chicago
    Chicago
    Oct 24, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Join us at the firehouse to celebrate the harvest and everything that has grown from these 10 years with good food, drinks, music, and more!
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  • 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.
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  • Intro to Natural Dye and Hand Stitching
    Intro to Natural Dye and Hand Stitching
    Plant Chicago
    Oct 30, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
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  • Plant Chicago Farmers Market
    Plant Chicago Farmers Market
    Chicago
    Oct 30, 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, October 30, 11am-3pm. Vendors include Back of the Yards Coffee, Bee-utiful Honey, Cedillo's Fresh Produce, Bridge & Bloom Farms, Puras Pinches Plantas, Made a Mano & more!
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  • Pumpkin Smash
    Pumpkin Smash
    Plant Chicago
    Nov 06, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    The Pumpkin Smash is a community effort to keep pumpkins out of our landfills. Don't trash it; smash it!
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