What is The Hatchery?


The Hatchery is Chicago's premier food business incubator helping local food and beverage entrepreneurs scale successful businesses.

A joint venture between three of Chicago’s most prominent nonprofits—Accion Chicago, ICNC, and IFF—The Hatchery intends to meet demand for three major areas of need for food and beverage entrepreneurs: access to production space, financing, and resources—all under one roof.

From pre-concept to business acquisition, The Hatchery provides a full suite of services for Chicagoland entrepreneurs specific to industry needs. We are a one-stop-shop.

 

Hatching a new facility in 2018

Our new venture will include:

  • Space for 75-100 food industry entrepreneurs in a 65,000 sq. ft. facility
  • 56 private food-grade production spaces
  • Cold and dry storage, loading docks, and food truck allocation
  • Shared kitchen
  • Ideation and event space
  • Co-working, office, and meeting rooms
  • On-site service providers
  • Training, coaching, and industry-specific support for entrepreneurs
  • Headquarters for Accion Chicago, who will be an anchor tenant at the facility and provide access to loan capital to the tenants and members

Why a Food Incubator?

  • Food businesses create good jobs with relatively low corresponding educational requirements
  • There is a lack of affordable food grade spaces available for rent and combined with the high upfront cost to build out a food grade space creates a significant barrier to growth for food entrepreneurs
  • The Hatchery will remove these barriers to growth and create good jobs in the City of Chicago

Community Area

  • The Hatchery will be a nonprofit located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on the corner of Kedzie and Lake Avenue
  • Access to two CTA rail lines, a Metra line, CTA bus service
  • 31-member community garden network and a resident-led Neighborhood Market (which will run year-round and will be housed on The Hatchery grounds)

Community Support