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

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.

Photography by David Belkin

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FEATURED EVENTS
  • Jul 09, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Davis Square Park (45th & Marshfield) , 4430 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
    Swing by for fresh and locally grown produce, microgreens, baked goods, honey, flowers, vegan treats, body products, and more! Weekly details including our vendor lineup will be available on Facebook.
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  • Jul 16, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Davis Square Park (45th & Marshfield) , 4430 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
    Swing by for fresh and locally grown produce, microgreens, baked goods, honey, flowers, vegan treats, body products, and more! Weekly details including our vendor lineup will be available on Facebook.
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  • Jul 16, 11:00 AM – Jul 17, 3:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Come by the Firehouse on July 16th from 11AM to 3PM to participate in our plant swap. We are accepting clippings, propagations, or potted plants that are ready to go - we encourage you to browse the plants that we have and take them with you for a small donation of your choice!
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  • Jul 23, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Learn how to reconnect to the urban landscape while foraging over 10 perennial plants!
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  • Jul 23, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Learn how to make simple but delicious homemade sundae toppings to dress up dessert at home!
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  • Jul 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Up your sustainability game and build connection while exploring the fundamentals of a circular economy!
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  • Aug 06, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Learn how to make agar plates and clone mycelium to begin cultivating mushrooms!
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