Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine
May20

Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine

  When you think of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, fascinating views may not be the first thing on your mind. But YouTuber Roman Alfredo brought his quadcopter over to the Testa Produce warehouse at 4555 South Racine Avenue and took a close-up tour of the company’s iconic power turbine. Location: 4555 South Racine Avenue, Back of the...

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Testa Produce Gives New Meaning To “Green” With Innovative Environmental Design
Oct27

Testa Produce Gives New Meaning To “Green” With Innovative Environmental Design

For the past week, I’ve been reusing the same Styrofoam cup. I think twice before printing out anything. And I’ve been a bit more diligent about recycling. I credit my newfound commitment to the environment to a recent tour of Testa Produce (4555 South Racine Avenue). Take a stroll through the Back of the Yards wholesale food distributor, and you’ll rethink your carbon footprint, too. Testa was one of the 150 tour sites offered by the...

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Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago
Aug31

Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago

Chicago is as known for good architecture as its top notch comedy shows. This October 19-20, the public will get a chance to go behind the scenes at 150 of the city’s most iconic buildings for free, during Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has organized the event for its third year. The group works to celebrate established Chicago real estate and inspire individuals to foster further innovation. There are many...

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A Sustainable Food Incubator Grows Small Businesses In The Back Of The Yards
Apr14

A Sustainable Food Incubator Grows Small Businesses In The Back Of The Yards

  I am in the basement of a former meat-processing plant deep in the Back of The Yards, watching a school of tilapia swim to and fro. Across the room are rows and rows of growing lettuce, Swiss chard and other leafy vegetables. The fish don’t know it, but they’re assisting in the plants’ fertilization process. The water in which they swim is rich in nutrients — thanks to their by-products — that will...

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