Farming the Chicago Stock Yards Winner

Regional & Urban Design Award, Honor Award

In late 2010, Chicago’s Mayor -- Mayor Richard Daley -- convened an interdisciplinary team to investigate and design two distinct types of urban farms for the Chicago Stock Yards district: (1) a Vertical Production Farm, which modernizes traditional farming practices by building a complex for growing food and pharmaceuticals at high capacity in the city; and, (2) a Bio-Tech Incubator Vertical Farm, which houses R&D driven companies active in Life Sciences, Agro Tech and Bio Energy that could uniquely benefit from access to a vertical farm in Chicago.

From the Civil War until the 1920's, more meat was processed in the Stock Yards than in any other place in the world. An important goal of the project has been to revitalize food production, and deliver a renewed aesthetic and urban agricultural identity to this withering Chicago neighborhood.

A new multi-programmatic “complete streets” system was investigated and designed to support a more robust, resilient and community-based infrastructure around the urban farms. Today, City of Chicago officials continue to work with federal officials on public/private financing strategies to attempt to realize vertical farming in Chicago.

City of Chicago, Department of Environment
Chicago, IL