Activities in Back of the Yards, Chicago


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  • The Plant
    Plant Chicago is an educational nonprofit providing tours of The Plant, a 95,000-square-foot former meatpacking plant repurposed into a sustainable food hub. During tours, visitors learn about indoor and outdoor farms, composting, and urban agriculture experiments, and receive an overview of The Plant's closed-loop systems. Visitors also witness the installation of The Plant's massive anaerobic digester which will eventually process over 30 tons of food waste per day, generating renewable heat and electricity for the building. Additionally, on Saturdays, Plant Chicago operates a farmers market and farmstand in its outdoor farmspace that offers a variety of produce, food, and goods, including many local and organic options.
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    1400 W 46th St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Indoor Sports
    Chicago Indoor Sports' full-size field has enough turf to make a cow's spots turn green with envy. But that same animal would be disappointed if it took a bite. The surface is actually a carefully designed, imitation grass made of millions of tiny rubber pallets and a crushed stone base, which helps absorb shock. That last feature is key, since the indoor play area supports crowds of running athletes during competitive or casual games of soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee. The field is also home its own youth and adult soccer leagues, such as Liga Latino Americana. Throughout many of their services, Chicago Indoor Sports places special emphasis on children. During their SoccerTots and SoccerTouch programs, instructors use soccer as a way to build motor skills and encourage mental development. Meanwhile, an arcade and three giant inflatables give kids a break from sports.
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    3900 South Ashland Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Spirit of Faith Mb Church
    Want to explore the world without the stress of travel? Plan a visit to Spirit of Faith Mb Church, the premier cultural center of Chicago. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    5259 South Honore Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Golf in Motion
    Golf in Motion's fairway guru shares gameplay strategy and evaluates swing mechanics from the well-stocked confines of Chicago Style Golf. There, a team of avid golfers invites players of all stripes into its pro shop to check out the industry's newest equipment or have a broken club repaired. The shop buys old equipment from customers ready to upgrade their driver or trade in their putter after that black cat crossed their putting line. If patrons cannot find the specific club or specs they need, the staff can custom fit and order what they are looking for. Customers also can search for the right putter on the shop's synthetic putting green and test out clubs in one of their three hitting bays, complete with a launch monitor that assists with in-house swing lessons.
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    1130 W 37th St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Lance's Gym
    Don't limit yourself: Lance's Gym in Chicago is the perfect place to test your strength, endurance, and drive. Learn how to properly defend yourself with one of these kickboxing classes. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    3636 South Iron Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre
    Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre in Chicago houses a wide array of art and culture. Come see them today on a trip through this refined museum. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    1029 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL US

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