The Hatchery

The Hatchery, part of the Industrial Council for Nearwest Chicago, is a nonprofit food and beverage incubator in East Garfield Park. We provide the tools, resources, guidance, and commercial kitchen space to launch in the culinary industry.

About

The Hatchery, part of the Industrial Council for Nearwest Chicago, is a nonprofit food and beverage incubator in East Garfield Park. We provide the tools, resources, guidance, and commercial kitchen space to launch in the culinary industry. 

Food businesses create good jobs with relatively low corresponding educational requirements. A lack of affordable food grade spaces available for rent and the high upfront cost to build out a food grade space creates a significant barrier to growth for food entrepreneurs.

The Hatchery removes these barriers to growth and creates good jobs in the City of Chicago. The Hatchery Chicago enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful food and beverage businesses and provides job training and placement programs, which in turn create sustainable economic growth and new job opportunities.

Services Provided

Capture wealth

  • Update pitch deck
  • Meet investors
  • Plan for succession
  • Seek legal counsel
  • Sell your business

Develop ideas

  • Define products
  • Price products
  • Establish goals
  • Create business plan
  • Create forecast

Find financing

  • Evaluate equity

Formalize structures

  • Certify as MBE/WBE
  • Buy or rent space
  • Buy insurance
  • Register legally
  • Secure licenses

Hire / retain staff

  • Implement payroll
  • Draft staff manual
  • Write job specs

Increase sales

  • Update business plan
  • Develop partners
  • Establish online
  • Improve marketing
  • Update forecast
  • Join accelerator

Optimize operations

  • Prep for wholesale
  • Write handbook
  • Measure operations
Primary Contact
Dani Zuchovicki
Address
135 N Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60612