August 2021 Newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter - August 2021

Announcing the Uptown Farmers Market RAFFLE!

Starting tomorrow Chicago Market is raffling $25 in CHICAGO MARKET BUCKS after every weekly farmers market. Registering is easy and open to all - stop by our booth, say hi, and fill out our sign up sheet. We'll notify winners before the next market and you can use BUCKS at any Uptown Farmers Market vendor. 

AND, everyone who enters will also be entered into our October 27 Grand Prize drawing for $100 in CHICAGO MARKET BUCKS!Full details and rules here. 

Capital Campaign is Coming!

Funding the buildout of our store takes Owner participation (in addition to a bank loan and TIF funding) and our Funding team is hard at work planning our capital campaign. It begins in September and is an opportunity for us all to invest in our community together - plan to be a part of it!

Please reach out to our Capital Campaign team at [email protected] if you would like to talk about furthering your investment or are interested in volunteering during the capital campaign.


Owner Growth Campaign is Coming!

Our Grow Your Community campaign starts soon and is designed for us all to reach out to our own individual networks to grow the strength of our Co-op. 

But first! We're spreading the word that if you're a Founding Owner, there is a great opportunity for you to increase your support and commitment to the Co-op RIGHT NOW. It's called Leveling Up and you can find it here: 

Leveling Up increases the Co-op's financial strength so it's your way to help us get open sooner. And becoming a Cultivating Owner means you'll be recognized in the store for your powerful support. And it can even be done via payment plan, so it's super easy. 


So, You Want to Be a Board Member?

Our Annual Meeting is in September, so now's the time to think about whether you'd like to run for a Board position to help guide your Co-op. Register for one of our three info sessions here. (One of our sessions is tonight! Don't hesitate - come learn.)


Care for Real Celebrating 50 Years of Service

To honor their anniversary and build resources to serve our neighbors in new and better ways, Care for Real has a campaign to raise $50,000 in 50 Days. Please consider supporting this effort, which runs until August 31st! Listen to Care for Real's clients, volunteers, and donors as they share what Care for Real has meant to them over the past fifty years.

The number of clients Care for Real serves is only increasing, in both Edgewater and at the new Rogers Park pantry. At this pivotal moment, they need our support to realize their vision for a thriving community where all have access to healthy food and feel supported, respected, and deserving of care. 


In the News 


Upcoming Events 


News from Our Business Owners

The Levantine Kitchen
Charles Dabah recently published an article in what he calls "a rad food publication" called The Counter about navigating fatherhood and trying to keep his catering business afloat during the pandemic.

Herby PoP
Popcorn company Herby PoP is looking to create more deliciousness and do more good. They invite you along for the journey. Become a part owner and support their initiative to create a mobile manufacturing facility.

Phil Circle Music
Phil shared this 30-second video about his school.

Collective Resource Compost

Eight restaurants in Edgewater's SSA#26 are participating in a composting pilot program hauled by Chicago Market Business Owner Collective Resource Compost. These include: Alice & Friends' Vegan KitchenEdge of SweetnessLickity SplitMango PickleNebeb RestaurantNori Sushi EdgewaterPatio Beef and Uncommon Ground Edgewater. The Edgewater Environmental Coalition (EEC) was instrumental in recognizing the need and making it happen and Edgewater Chamber of Commerce provided the funds. Letting these restaurants know that sustainability is important to you, their customers, might make them more likely to continue composting when the pilot program is over.

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is composting again with the help of Collective Resource Compost at this season's concerts!

Back Your Co-op Now

We own this business together. We operate it. And together, we fund it. 

 You can do it!

Your donations can be one-time or recurring, AND, they can even be tax-deductible.

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