Why be an Owner?
Chicago Market exists to rebuild the connection between food producers and consumers. Because cooperative structure encourages serving Owners first, not shareholders, our decisions are your decisions; our goals are your goals; our bottom line is your bottom line.
In order to make this store a reality, Chicago Market needs 3000 Owners before the Uptown location opens. Without your support, this store can’t happen.
Chicago Market will be different from other grocery stores in four important ways:
1. Focus on local foods. ‘Local foods’ is not a marketing tool for Chicago Market; it is our reason for being.
2. Ownership and Affordability. Chicago Market exists to serve its Owners.
3. Transparency, Information and Education. Chicago Market will be an open book: we will educate and provide information about our food -- where it came from, and how it was produced.
4. Building relationships and strong communities. At Chicago Market, farmers are not nameless links in the supply chain—they are integral community partners.