The Hatchery

For decades, Accion and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) were working independently to help food and beverage entrepreneurs and invest in underserved communities. But together we knew we could do more.


In 2016 we teamed up to create a joint venture to build a food and beverage incubator on the West Side of Chicago called The Hatchery. From startup to growth phase, The Hatchery provides a wide range of services, resources and networking opportunities to help food businesses at every stage.


Located in Garfield Park, The Hatchery offers employment and training opportunities to West Side residents. Accion operates out of The Hatchery and is dedicated to supporting West Side businesses and partner organizations.



For Chicago entrepreneurs in any industry, Accion will provide:

  • Capital, in the form of loans between $500 and $100,000
  • Coaching, provided for free by business coaches on site
  • Connections, through events and online services



For food and beverage entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses, the newly-created nonprofit The Hatchery Chicago will provide:

  • 54 private kitchens leasable by year
  • 5 shared kitchen spaces rentable by the hour
  • Dry/cold storage, loading docks, and meeting spaces
  • Workshops and educational seminars specific to food and beverage businesses



 For workers in the community, ICNC and Chef Rick Bayless will provide:

  • Job training and placement for the positions created by the small businesses renting kitchen space
  • Job training and placement for open positions in the best kitchens in Chicago


For neighborhood market members from the community, The Hatchery joint venture and the Garfield Park Community Council will provide:



Donors and Partners

We thank Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago for providing land and financing, Alderman Burnett and the Garfield Park Community Council who offered insight into the neighborhood’s needs, and a long list of thoughtful partners who shared their expertise and resources.


  • City of Chicago
  • Kellogg Company
  • Conagra Brands
  • Lukas Walton
  • Pritzker Traubert Foundation
  • Griffith Foods
  • NeighborWorks America
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Coleman Foundation
  • W Sports Media
  • The Crown Family
  • StormTrap
  • Sustainable Local Food Investment Group
  • Family and Friends of Robin Lee Greiner
  • Connie Rivera and CityEscape Garden & Design
  • Balough Law Offices


  • Community Reinvestment Fund
  • FirstPathway Community Development
  • Partners for the Common Good
  • Chicago Development Fund
  • PNC Bank


  • PNC Bank
  • MB Financial Bank
  • IFF
  • Chicago Community Loan Fund
  • First Eagle Bank
  • The Manaaki Foundation
  • Lukas Walton


  • PepsiCo North America Nutrition
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • EY
  • DLA Piper US LLP
  • Bel Brands
  • Groupon
  • Zepole Supply Co.
  • Quest Food Management Services
  • Diana’s Bananas
  • UPS
  • Synergy Flavors, Inc.


  • IFF
  • Garfield Park Community Council
  • Hatchery Community Advisory Council
  • Wight & Company
  • Applegate & Thorton-Thomsen
  • Garfield Park Garden Network
  • Chef Rick Bayless

Advisory Council

  • Eddie Amin-Rasul, 5th City Reformation Corp.
  • Angelina Arnold, Kells Community Park Council
  • David Blackmon, Head of CPS Culinary Program
  • Lafayette Ford, Head of Alumni at Marshall High School
  • Anton Hilton, Resident of East Garfield Park
  • Barry Howard, Herban Produce
  • Bernard Jennings, Lawndale Business Renaissance Association
  • Rose Mabwa, The Community Builders
  • Brandon Smith, Resident of East Garfield Park
  • Vanessa Stokes, Resident of West Garfield Park
  • Jessica Surma, Heartland Alliance Chicago FarmWorks
  • Danielle Tate, Resident of East Garfield Park
  • Angela Taylor, Garfield Park Community Council
  • Adrienne Whitney, West Humboldt Park Development Council
  • Shirley Williams, Resident of East Garfield Park
  • Charles Wilson, Unity Fencing


Want to learn more? Reach out to Mary Fran Riley at or contact The Hatchery Chicago.


Photo credit (top left): Qa’bah Rahsan, Garfield Park Community Council

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