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 Link Produce Boxes to our neighbors on the southwest side. Our office in Back of the Yards will be 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.

  • Roundtable Talks: Paper Manufacturing, Recycling, & Reuse
    Online Event
    Apr 15, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Online Event
    For Earth Month, we take a deeper look at paper recycling. Learn from panelists in the paper industry who are responsibly sourcing paper, and extending its life cycle.
  • Community Compost Collection with University of Illinois Extension
    Plant Chicago
    Apr 24, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Join Plant Chicago and University of Illinois Extension for this community composting event!
  • Botanical Embroidery with LED
    Plant Chicago
    May 01, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Plant Chicago, 4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Join artist, Haerim Lee, for this fun & interactive workshop that combines botany, embroidery, & LED lights to make unique illuminated art.
  • Urban Spring Foraging (Virtual)
    Online Event
    Apr 10, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Online Event
    Spring is here with new beginnings! Come join Nina Lawrin of loveren collections on a virtual Urban Spring Foraging.

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4459 S. Marshfield Ave

Chicago IL 60609