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Plant Chicago, a local nonprofit, will be hosting its 7th annual Closed Loop Forum & Fest on Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm at The Plant, 1400 W. 46th Street. Plant Chicago’s mission is to cultivate local circular economies. Tickets available at:

The Forum, running from 9 am - 1 pm, will be an active discussion on catalysing local circular economies featuring innovators working to strengthen local economic systems. A poster session will be held from 1-3 pm to highlight circular economy research happening throughout Chicago.

Select Speakers:
Mary Beth Shaye, Collective Resource, Inc.
Shantanu Pai, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Alex Enarson, Bubbly Dynamics
Susan Buchanan, MD, Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City
Mollie Dowling, OAI, Inc.
Antonio Lopez, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization - LVEJO
Dominic Brose, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District - MWRD
Ratih Sutrisno, North American Students of Cooperation - NASCO

The Fest will be from 1-7 pm and feature live music, art, and food representing the diversity of Chicago. The Fest is a family friendly fundraiser with activities for all ages, including material reuse crafting, bike repair workshops, fish fillet demos, vegan sushi beatboxing, and more! Children 12 and under enter for free. Proceeds will support Plant Chicago’s education, market, and research programming. In alignment with their mission, this will be a zero-waste event.

Food & Drink Vendors:
Amor y Sofrito, Apologue Liqueurs, Cevapcici, Closed Loop Farms, Horse Thief Hollow Brewing, Sacred Serve, Ste. Martaen, Temo’s Tamales, Whiner Beer, and more.

Live Music:
Fox and Hounds, Lovejoy, Matthew Skoller Duo (Blues Fest), Yuri Lane, Ace da Vinci, and more.

Workshops & Activities:
Atoms for Kids, Fish Filet Demo, Reused Material Crafts, Tarot Reading, Working Bikes Workshop, Community Canvas.


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