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THE FIREHOUSE

SHOP: fresh local produce and sustainably crafted goods

SWAP: your books, puzzles, plants, & seeds

DROP: your food scraps, used batteries, & packaging materials

EXPANDING OUR REACH
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Building on our history of adaptive and creative reuse, we’re turning this firehouse into a center for circular economy programming. When complete, The Firehouse will feature shared use indoor growing space for plants and fungi, indoor and outdoor classrooms, maker space, a teaching kitchen, in vessel composting, and community meeting/event space. It will also serve as a hyper local center to collect materials that don’t get recaptured in Chicago. 

FIREHOUSE MARKET
ONSITE ELECTRICAL VEHICLE CHARGING

Our retail space at the firehouse offers a variety of different products, from food and beverages to home and garden goods, all made locally and/or with circular economy practices! We also have swap opportunities for plants, puzzles and books!

We are now Link matching all food items including honey, bread, produce, spices, seeds and more every Friday and Saturday! If you are still in need but do not qualify for link, we have sliding scale options for our Local Food Boxes

Plant Chicago now offers community accessible EV charging through EVMatch!

FIREHOUSE MARKET HOURS
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING

Friday 11am – 5pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS + CLASSES

Plant Chicago hosts and facilitates a wide range of educational programs for the general public, such as aquaponics, fermentation, seed starting, foraging, container gardening, vegan baking, renewable energy, composting,  DIY projects, and more

We also host a variety of events to cultivate local circular systems, from farmers markets to swap events!  

Home kitchen scraps 

Bring your kitchen scraps to the marketplace during our open hours and we’ll send them off to a local composting facility to be turned into nutrient-dense compost for local farms. See this guide from our composting partner for details on what types of household organic materials you can drop off.

Household batteries

Don't throw out those AAs! Bring them to us and we will send them to a recycling facility. 

Packaging materials 

Rather than send your broken-down cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, & whatnot to the landfill, bring it to the firehouse! We are collecting used packing materials in decent condition for use by small businesses in our Circular Economy Leaders Network. 

Houseplant cuttings & Seeds

Bring a houseplant cutting or two to swap it for a new houseplant friend. Don't have a cutting to spare? We're accepting pay-what-you-can donations for all houseplant cuttings.

Puzzles

Drop off the one you just finished and swap for another. 

Books

Our Little Free Library accepts free books all of the time! Leave a book and take a book!

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