Chicago Market will be a big, bright, beautiful community-owned grocery store featuring local, sustainably farmed, organic produce, meat and dairy products, as well as all of the other staples you'd expect from your market -- dry goods, bulk foods, frozen foods, wine, beer and liquor. We'll have a butcher shop, delicious prepared foods and fresh-baked goods. Chicago Market will be a community hub where shoppers can enjoy the juice and coffee bar while attending workshops, classes, meetings and performances.
Located in the immaculately restored historic Gerber Building at the Wilson CTA Station in Uptown, Chicago Market will have approximately 13,000 square feet of retail space, a spacious parking lot and will be conveniently located for train and bus travelers.
Chicago Market will provide farm-to-table transparency about food, its origins and its processes. It will educate its community about nutrition, ingredient sourcing and methods of food production. The Market will support sustainability and integrity in all areas, including environmental stewardship, fair labor practices and cooperative principles. It will be devoted to the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.
Chicago Market is member-owned, but open to everyone. Owners receive a variety of benefits — both in dollars and in control over the direction of the Market. You'll be a key player in building the co-op community and changing the local-food landscape.
We are building a better food community. Powered by our Owners, we create and strengthen local food connections that are honest, accessible, educational and inspiring. We are a cooperative grocery store -- but more than that, we're a gathering place and vibrant community resource.
A better food community --
local, sustainable, connected.
Local. Sustainable. Yours.
We value: Relationships, Ownership, Sustainability, Accountability and Joy.
Relationships are the core of our food community. We cultivate partnerships and community among our Owners, shoppers, vendors, local businesses and organizations, chefs, restaurants, our city and our neighborhood. Further, we regard our farmers, manufacturers, producers and employees as valued members of our community.
Democratically led by our Owners, Chicago Market's success depends on the participation of each member of our community through Board and committee work, volunteer engagement, participating in the annual Owners meeting and electing our Board. Founded on and operating by the core cooperative values and principles, we provide our community voice to build a democratic and equitable food community that has the power to change the local food landscape.
We support and promote sustainable agriculture: careful resource use and environmental and economic sustainability. We incorporate these principles in everything we do, including our Purchasing Values, store design and operations. We want to make buying decisions that are both sustainable for the co-op but also for the suppliers and employees with whom we work.
Chicago Market is accountable to our Owners, employees, vendors, community and environment. We commit to fair labor standards, honest and financially responsible business practices, transparent communication and continual improvement based on our community's feedback. We provide transparent information about who produced your food and how it was produced, so you can decide what you feed yourself and your family.
We share a passion for connecting with others over food that makes us feel great. Our facilities, events and programs inspire and educate; they celebrate and incubate local food producers and new ideas. Chicago Market is a joyous place to shop and work, and gather in community.
Chicago Market will be located at the Wilson CTA stop,
at the corner of Wilson and Broadway.
The beautiful historic Gerber Building will provide a convenient shopping location for customers from all over the city, and will have easy access to transit as well as parking.
Over 1060 Owners have bought shares in the vision of Chicago Market. They are the building blocks of our dream grocery store. Curious about Chicago Market? Where will it be? How will this food co-op become a reality? With your help to join and get more Owners. Click on our FAQs for detailed information. And, if you're already an Owner wanting to spread the word about Chicago Market, click here for our helpful Owner Toolkit.
Xuan "Sunny" Nguyen
We are excited to have the Gerber Building as the site for Chicago Market. But now the work begins. To open the store, we need to have 3,000 Owners.
Our milestones and the amount of time we expect it will take us to reach each milestone are based on the number of Owners needed to open the size store we are targeting and the estimated time for build out.
Your support is needed to make the store a reality - if you're not an Owner yet, please click on the red button below to become one. If you are already an Owner, please recruit another Owner or several!
Our timeline (click the image to enlarge):