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There are at least 13 rooftop farms in Chicago

The Chicago Botanic Garden has planted a 20,000 square-foot vegetable and herb garden, the largest in the Midwest, at McCormick Place West.

By Paulina Firozi
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2015


After a trip to Germany, former Mayor Richard M. Daley returned with a mission to turn Chicago into a green-movement leader and installed the city’s first green roof atop City Hall in 2000.

In the years since, green roofs have gotten a lot of attention, and Chicago has been recognized as one of the leaders in North America. The city has more than 5.5 million square feet on more than 500 rooftops, Strazzabosco said.

But even that is still a small number. Those 500 green roofs represent a little less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Chicago’s more than half a million buildings. In Germany, experts said in 2010 that 15 to 20 percent of the flat roofs in the country were green.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities does not keep figures on the overall number of green roofs in North America, only on top cities’ growth year over year. Washington has had the most yearly growth the past four years, Peck said.

Washington officials said the city has 2.3 million square feet of green roofs. Philadelphia reported more than 1 million square feet.

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