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August 2022 newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter — August 2022

City Grants Chicago Market Over $5 Million

We've worked diligently as a Co-op, building up one of the largest start-up Owner bases in the country — over 2,200 now! And together we've raised over $1.6 million to fund our store. Now the City is making a large investment which recognizes you, recognizes your shared community values and goals, and it clears the path for the final phase of our development.

Read more about the grant funding of over $5 million from the City of Chicago here: Exciting Funding News


First On-Site Physical Work at Chicago Market

As we continue to celebrate Chicago Market’s exciting funding news, we have another key milestone to share in the development of our store—the first on-site physical work to prepare the inside of our building for construction!

Read more about what's happening here.


National Farmers Market Week

It's National Farmers Market Week! Now in its 23rd year, this week is an annual celebration that highlights the vital role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Amidst global change, it is now more important than ever to showcase the importance of farmers markets in communities! Come celebrate our farmers and producers at the Uptown Farmers Market tomorrow!

Uptown Farmers Market
Wednesdays | 2:30 - 7:00pm (rain or shine)
Wilson & Broadway
SNAP accepted; Link Match available

Annual Owners Meeting

Mark your calendars for our Annual Owners Meeting — September 22 at 7:00pm via Zoom. 

One of your rights and opportunities as an Owner is to participate in the Annual Meeting where you'll get full status updates, financial updates, and your vote gets counted on items such as Bylaw updates and elections for your Board of Directors.

RSVP for it here.


Run for the Board!

Love your Co-op and want to volunteer on the Board to steer it to open? Now's the time to think about it and learn more. Start by attending Board meetings and volunteering with us. Elections are in September, but now's the time to get involved. Interested? Email Dana to let us know.

And we have So, You Want to Be a Board Member info sessions available (all on Zoom). Anyone interested in running is urged to attend one of these sessions so be sure to RSVP. 

Sessions:
August 10, 2-3:30pm
August 10, 2-3:30pm

August 25, 2-3:30pm


News

Exciting Funding News
GM Farm Visit: Spence Farm

Photo of the Chicago Market booth with view of the other vendors on the street in the background.

Uptown's Argyle Night Market is back for 2022, and Chicago Market is proud to be participating! Every Thursday through August 25th, Argyle Street between Kenmore and Sheridan is featuring live performances and alfresco dining from 5pm–9pm. We plan to attend most (if not all!) Thursdays with a Chicago Market info tent—check our Events page each week for postings so you'll know we'll be there and come see us!

Uptown Farmers Market Sponsor Profile - Becovic

Hard to believe, but we’re already half-way through the Uptown Farmers Market season. As we move into the back half, we’d like to highlight another sponsor, Becovic, who has helped make this Market possible. Becovic is a family-owned residential real estate firm located in Uptown. And just like us, they believe that being an engaged resident, neighbor and community member is vital to the growth of any neighborhood. Follow us to our blog to learn more about Becovic and their Uptown story.


News from Our Business Owners

Collective Resource Compost: "Most people know that we have a container-swap composting service that makes composting easy but did you know that we also facilitate zero waste events? It makes sense, because in order to get closer to a zero waste goal, you need to compost the food scraps. We can help with events of all sizes and the way to begin a conversation is to fill out this form on our website and get connected with our terrific customer service team. We appreciate when you talk about composting with your friends, neighbors, co-workers and employers and adding zero waste to your gatherings is a great way to educate and let others know what’s possible."

Cornerstone Community Outreach: "On August 10th Cornerstone Community Outreach is holding its annual Back to School Rally to get the kids in their family programs ready to start the new school year! This epic party is paired with a yearly donation drive to help buy each child experiencing homelessness new shoes, a backpack, and school supplies for the first day of school. Go to our GoFundMe page to make a direct impact on the life of a neighbor in need!

Uncommon Ground: Uncommon Ground is offering any Owner of Chicago Market a "friends & family"20% discount towards purchases at either uncommon ground - Lakeview or Edgewater. Just download and show them this graphic.




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