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Our Mission

Growing Food Startups. Growing Community.

Food businesses create good jobs with relatively low corresponding educational requirements. A lack of affordable food grade spaces available for rent and 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.

The Hatchery Chicago enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful food and beverage businesses and provides job training and placement programs, which in turn create sustainable economic growth and new job opportunities.

Based on ICNC’s experience at their incubator over the last 30 years, the team projects that the small business owners who will rent the 56 private kitchens will create or maintain 900 jobs during the first five years. Those jobs will generate $25 million in pre-tax wages in its first five years of operation.

Our Facility

The new Hatchery facility will include a broad range of kitchen spaces and services to meet the needs of growing food and beverage businesses.  

The 67,000 square foot facility will be one of the largest food incubation spaces in the U.S. with 56 private production-ready kitchens, a large shared kitchen, walk-in dry/cold/freezer storage, business planning services and a dynamic co-working space for meetings and events.  

Features of the new facility Include:

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    Space for 75-100 food industry entrepreneurs in a 67,000 sq. ft. facility

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    56 private food-grade production spaces

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    Cold, dry, and freezer storage, loading docks, and food truck allocation

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    Shared kitchen

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    Event space

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    Co-working space and meeting rooms

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    On-site training, coaching, and industry-specific support for entrepreneurs

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    On-site parking

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    24/7 access, security on-site

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    Event space that can be rented out capacity of 100-200 people. A/V equipment

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    Headquarters for Accion Chicago, who will be an anchor tenant at the facility and provide access to loan capital to the tenants and members

Our Team

Meredith Cella

Liliana Zarnowiecki

Alex Horton

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Food Entrepreneurs

The Hatchery Advisory Council

Our Community

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Our Partners