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May 6

Chicago, Illinois

A Slaughterhouse Turned Green: Tour and Tasting

Explore the hidden networks inside The Plant, a retired pork factory From Chicago's meat processing years.

The Plant is a 93,500-square-foot factory that has been decommissioned since 1960s. In it's glory days, it was one of Chicago's largest pork processing facilities. In 2011, The Plant took over this factory and repurposed it for environmentally friendly experiments.

The Plant has programming throughout Chicago such as research projects to reuse waste from businesses in the building, education programs, and even a farmers market. The Plant houses various aquaponic systems, a large mushroom farm, fish ponds, and more. In addition to the eco-side of The Plant, we'll get to see and experience some of the businesses that have found use from this space. Pleasant House Bakery uses a space in the factory to mill their wheat and bake their own bread for their pub and bakeries located throughout south Chicago. Whiner Beer Company has also taken rooms at The Plant to brew gallons of their barrel aged and flavored beers. 

Atlas Obscura guests will get an exclusive look and taste of some of the bread Pleasant House pulls out of their ovens on a daily basis, as well as a chance to sip on what Whiner has been brewing.


  • Look for Field Agent in main lobby for check in. 
  • No age restriction but attendees must be 21 to participate in beer tasting. 
  • Walking shoes are a good idea!
  • Limited ADA access.
  • This ticket is non-refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial. 


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