Food Entrepreneurs

Kitchen, Co-Working, & Storage Facilities

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The One-Stop-Shop for Your Food Business

The Hatchery is a one-stop-shop. Its 67,000 square foot production facility has everything entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space could need. This includes turnkey, health department-certified kitchen space, cold/dry/freezer storage, loading/receiving docks, food truck allocation, co-working space, meeting rooms, event space, and on-site support from industry experts.

Our convenient location offers access to two CTA rail lines, a Metra line, and CTA bus service.

Shared Kitchen Space

The Hatchery has a shared kitchen that includes:

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    Washing stations & prep sinks

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    Stock pot burners

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    Reach-in coolers

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    A deck oven and convection oven

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    A deep fryer

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    Chargrills & ranges

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    A kettle cooker, and much more!

Private Kitchens

The Hatchery has 56 turnkey commercial food-grade private kitchens in two sizes: standard and large. They are completely customizable and modular so you can expand as you grow. Each private kitchen comes pre-equipped with:

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    Stainless steel shelves

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    A work table with integral double basin sink

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    A three-compartment sink with faucet

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    A hand sink with faucet

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    Outside storage to maximize production space

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    Optional steel exhaust hoods

The private kitchens are move-in ready, making it easy to start production in a fully licensed space from day one!

Coworking Space, Meeting Rooms, & Event Space

The Hatchery has a dedicated space for tenants to conduct business outside the kitchen. Our coworking space includes a shared, open area as well as private conference rooms. 

The Hatchery’s event space is available for rent and can accomodate 100-200 people. A/V equipment is included. Hatchery Members are preferred vendors for food and drink with events held in our space.

Storage

Tenants have first priority, but any excess capacity can be rented out to non-Hatchery tenants or members.

Storage includes:

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    Dry storage

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    Cold storage

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    Freezer storage

On-site Support and Access to Financing

Entrepreneurs have access to comprehensive, industry-specific support, including teaching and mentoring.
The Hatchery is the headquarters for Accion Chicago, which is an anchor tenant at the facility. Accion Chicago provides access to loan capital between $500 and $100,000 to qualifying tenants and members as well as free, on-site businesses coaching.
The entrepreneurs at The Hatchery form a supportive community network.

Doors are expected to open early December 2018.