Build a Better Market

Chicago Market will transform our local food system with the opening of our community-owned grocery store. We’ve come a long way:

• Our historic Gerber building site is secured.
• We have a solid business plan with strong projections.
• An experienced general manager is already on board to launch our Co-op.

Now it’s up to us, the Owners, friends, and supporters of the Co-op, to provide our portion of the funding, so together we can Build a Better Market in Chicago.

A ‘better market’ because corporate grocery stores may be the current default, but there’s a better model: one that the community builds to meet the community’s needs. Corporate grocery stores exist to earn profits for shareholders; Chicago Market, as a cooperative, prioritizes sustainability, transparency, and economic impact for us.

Our Build a Better Market Capital Campaign is happening now, with a $3 million goal. At launch, we’re already almost 25% of the way there with over $700,000 raised.

Click below for the latest news and information, including details about how YOU can invest in a local food future for our community.

updated September 2021

Vision for change.

Chicago Market wants to change the way you shop for groceries. More than that, though, we want to change your relationship with food.

Food values.

You deserve a new kind of grocery-shopping experience — one packed with local, organic foods and imbued with a sense of community. One in which you know who produces the food that feeds your family.

Community values.

Chicago Market will be a community hub — a vibrant center of exceptional food, workshops, meetings, performances and more. And you, as a co-op stakeholder, will have a voice in all aspects of this community.

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