Housed in a century-old pork processing facility that once stood sentry at the southwest corner of the Union Stock Yards, The Plant is a collaborative community of small eco-minded food businesses. While that doesn’t sound exciting, hot damn if it isn’t a trip to walk through a building where overhead carcass tracks meet kombucha, hydroponic farming, and vegan gelato. The architecture and canny museum-style exhibits in this building, which was once near ruin, paint a picture of the days when meatpacking ruled. Plan for a weekend tour and stop off at Whiner Beer Co. on the first floor for a Belgian ale and a pizza. Check out the gardens and anaerobic digester project outside, and remember the vegan farmers’ market will return with warmer weather. 1400 W. 46th St., Back of the Yards