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Help The Plant Build A 'Living Foyer'

By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 5, 2013 9:20PM


The Plant is one of the coolest projects happening right now in Chicago. Even if you haven't visited the refurbished factory working its way towards being a completely closed system of food and drink production, you've probably encountered products made there like pies from Pleasant House Bakery, Arize kombucha and Peerless breads. Now, The Plant needs your help to expand.

If you've toured The Plant (and if you haven't, check out this summary), you know that the entrance isn't exactly picturesque. In fact, it kind of feels like you are entering an abandoned warehouse. They want to take that entrance and turn it into a "living foyer," a green entryway that will be more accessible, look better and include a retail space for products made on-site.

Eventually, The Plant hopes to be regularly open to the public, and they're planning conference spaces, shared kitchens and a visitors center. This is the first step. Plus, you can get some great rewards! They'll name a fish after you, send you a t-shirt or gardening gloves or even book you a private "tasting tour." Check out the video below to learn more or visit this link to pledge.