Square Roots

Englewood, Chicago

A game-changing urban farming campus will soon take root in the heart of Englewood. Previous development left the ground contaminated, severely limiting the possibilities for any conventional new construction. Prefab, modular technologies to the rescue! Via Chicago is working with the City of Chicago and a dedicated group of community-based developers to bring a new type of activity to this overlooked site. A collection of heavily-modified shipping containers will create a network of shared courtyards and outdoor event space. These containers provide optimal growing conditions year-round, allowing the farmers to produce a variety of fresh, flavorful greens in any season. The Square Roots campus will bring healthy food, high-quality jobs, and increased visibility to this resurgent corner of Englewood.