We’re building Chicago Market Owner by Owner
And we can only do it with your help.
Join our street team of Chicago Market Ambassadors and tell the community about your food co-op. Here’s how:
Learn More about the Market
If you’re going to tell our story, you’re going to get asked lots of questions. That’s great! But it’s nice to have the answers.
Read this FAQ about Chicago Market: [LINK TO TABLING FAQ]
If you have any questions that aren't covered, just ask a Chicago Market organizer - we’ll get you anything you need.
Go crazy on social media
The easiest way to spread the word is using the online network you’ve already built.
We share news about the co-op and our #1000in100 campaign, as well as information on the co-op movement, sustainable food, and Chicago’s local-food movement.
Like, share and retweet anything you think your network will love!
• Add Chicago Market flair to your profile.
Share the Chicago Market badge as a photo on your social networks. Make it your profile picture. Add one of our custom banners as your cover image. These images were made to be shared!
• Let everyone know you’re part of the Market by sharing tweets like this:
• Share the Chicago Market love on Facebook:
I’m an Owner of Chicago Market, a new local, sustainable, cooperative grocery store coming to the North Side of Chicago. Help me grow this new community and create a big, beautiful, delicious place for us to buy local foods!
And remember, these posts are just a start. Feel free to get creative.
Send an email
Tweak the language on this template (pdf) to send a personal appeal to your friends, family, coworkers or anyone you think should become part of the Market.
Staff a table
Getting out into the community for one-on-one conversations about Chicago Market is one of the most-powerful things we can do. It’s what we call “tableing” — setting up shop at a street fair, festival or other event to answer questions, share our excitement and hand out brochures, buttons and pens.
Volunteer to get out and table with us! Simply sharing why you’re involved and why you became an Owner is a great start. You don’t have to have all the answers. But here are a few — download the Chicago Market tableing FAQ with responses to some of the most-frequently asked questions we hear.
To see the current list of events we have scheduled, check out the Chicago Market events page. We’ll also send emails looking for tableing volunteers from time to time — want to officially join the street team? Email Paige Worthy at [email protected].
Do you own a local business or know one that would be excited to join the Chicago Market community? Our posters look amazing in windows and on bulletin boards, and our brochures are bright and informative.
You need collateral, we’ve got it! Contact Meg Glick at [email protected] to coordinate a pickup.
Host an event
There are so many event possibilities for sharing Chicago Market with the world.
• Happy hours
Nothing gets a conversation started better than friends sharing a few drinks after work! Hosting a Chicago Market Happy Hour is easy and fun.
Our Ownership chair, Meg Glick, will help you get set up with a date, brochures and buttons and more. And we’ll try to make sure one of our leaders attends so they can tell people more-detailed information, and we’ll share the location in our newsletter.
Everyone’s welcome, even if they aren’t yet Owners — this is a perfect way to recruit new people into our community. Contact Meg Glick at [email protected] for more details.
• House parties
Cooperatives are built one Owner at a time. That’s why a great way to spread the word about Chicago Market is to host a house party!
If you’re interested in hosting a house party, we will help to make it as easy as possible. We can provide a kit with brochures and posters for your guests, buttons and pens to give away, tote bags for new Owners who join at the party and more. If you like, we can arrange for one our leadership team to come and speak to the group for 5-10 minutes.
All you have to do is pick the date and invite your friends. Contact Meg Glick at [email protected] for more details.
• Pig roasts
You read that right — we’ve partnered with our friends at Farmhouse to offer a special deal on a whole-pig roast hosted by you and Chicago Market.
Interested? Here’s more information. (pdf)
• Uncommon Ground dinners
One of Chicago’s greenest restaurants also offers Chicago Market dinner parties at a 10 percent discount for the whole table, valid at either location. Invite your friends to dinner, then talk Chicago Market.
• Other special events
The sky’s the limit. If you want to plan something special and link it to Chicago Market, Volunteer Owner Programs Coordinator Liat Shanan can help you make it a reality. Email her at [email protected] to brainstorm and get your special event on the calendar.
Contact Chicago Market
Our leadership team is here to answer all of your questions and help you spread the word about Chicago Market. Below is all of our contact information — don’t hesitate to get in touch!
• Paige Worthy ([email protected]): posters, brochures, buttons, pens, other collateral
• Meg Glick ([email protected]): all Ownership questions
• Grant Kessler ([email protected]): tableing and other event supplies (tent, banner, etc.)
• Anthony Todd ([email protected]): general marketing questions
• David Tucker ([email protected]): scheduling tableing and other community events
• Liat Shanan ([email protected]): scheduling other special programming related to Chicago Market
• Kelly Hewitt ([email protected]): general finance questions
• Malcolm Haar ([email protected]): website questions, IT issues, bugs, glitches, etc.