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Chicago Market Board Meeting Minutes - July 27, 2017

Chicago Market Board Meeting
7/27/17
7 p.m. at Lakeview Pantry
Present:
Guests: Annette, Dana, Lee, Edward, Chris, Sarah, Katie
Board: Heather, Emily, Grant, Bill, Dan, Linn, Jen, Anthony, Kelly, Greg, Karen
Notes: Heather

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Karen!

 

Chicago Market's new Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Owner #43 Karen Jacobs says that for her, #foodalwayswins. Read what else she has to say, here.

Click on the blue OWNER PROFILES tag at the bottom of this page for more Profiles. And then fill out your own profile, so we can meet you, too! 

 

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Introduce yourself and tell us about who else shares your fridge.  Karen Jacobs. I share my fridge with my husband Andy, our dog Rosie and (when they're in town...) my kids Ben & Katie.

Why are you a Chicago Market Owner?  Because I'm passionate about food, community, sustainability and Chicago. I feel like I *should* maybe put those other factors ahead of "food" but being honest: #foodalwayswins

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Kjerstin!

Chicago Market's Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Here, meet Owner #691 Kjerstin Jacobs - experienced Co-operator, compassionate Veterinarian, aspirational beekeeper :)

Click on the blue OWNER PROFILES tag at the bottom of this page for more Profiles. And then fill out your own profile, so we can meet you, too!

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What's your name and tell us about who else shares your fridge at home or work?  My name is Kjerstin (pronounced "Keerstin"). I share my home fridge with my 22-year-old daughter, and my work fridge with 20 amazing and conscientious Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Client Service Representatives at Metropolitan Veterinary Center.

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Chicago Market Board Meeting Minutes - June 28, 2017

Chicago Market Board Meeting – 6/28/17

Minutes: Heather Lalley

Guests:

Edward
Maia
Lee Herman
Dana McKinney
Katie Lopez
Matt Ryan

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Chicago Market Board Meeting Minutes for May 24, 2017

7 p.m., May 24.

Karen's house
Present: Dan, Bill, Heather, Kelly, Jen, Karen, Grant, Emily, Greg, Larry
Guests: Hanh, Lee, Carolyn, Edward
Notes: Heather

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Andy!

 

Chicago Market's new Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other. 

Our first Profile was Owner #148 Annette. Now, meet Owner #670 Andy Kalish...whose businesses the Ravenswood Event Center and Kālish Short Order Vegan have been huge supporters of Chicago Market.
  
Click on the "I'm An Owner!" link  and fill out your own profile, for us to feature in our next newsletter!

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What's the story behind how you adapted your last name for your business? It was a gift from our architect, Ferdinanda Marcic. She was instrumental in our vision for going vegan and recognized the potential in crafting our name with an accent and apostrophe. Kāl'/Kale + 'ish. We are plant based, but not in obvious ways. 

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Local Food Lobby Day

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Chicago Market Owner #615 Terri Reardon is a passionate advocate for urban agriculture and the local food movement. Last month, she was part of a group who headed to Springfield for "Local Food Lobby Day," meeting with our Illinois state legislators and making them aware of how their vote impacts Chicago communities.

Here's her terrific summary of the day and her experience.

 

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A Chat with Wild Root Market

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One term you'll hear a lot from anyone who's been involved in starting or running a co-op is "P6," aka "Co-operative Principle #6: Co-operation among Co-operatives." Chicago Market has been fortunate enough to learn from and share knowledge with food co-ops from around the country, and at the recent Up And Coming Food Co-op Conference in Milwaukee, we were excited to hear that neighboring Wild Root Market in Racine, Wisconsin has just signed a purchase agreement for a site!

Author, Board member and Owner #17 Heather Lalley caught up with them for a chat about the challenges of being a startup, and their next steps.

 

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Chicago Market Owner Profiles: Meet Annette!

Chicago Market Volunteer & Owner #148 Annette Mambuca recently had an idea: what if we invited co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, and share with the rest of us?

We've enjoyed meeting Owners at our new monthly Meet-Ups and our newsletter 'Volunteer Spotlights' are a popular feature...so here's another way we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other.

Check out Annette's profile below...and then, click on the "I'm An Owner!" link and fill out your own profile, for us to feature in our next newsletter!

 

Annette Mambuca

What's your name and tell us about who else shares your fridge (i.e. is part of your household's Ownership)? I'm Annette Mambuca, and I have shared my fridge (and other appliances) with Peter M. Cooke since college, albeit when we lived bicoastally for about 8 years. I had my own appliances then. 

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What's Up in Uptown - A Walking Tour of the Neighborhood

Owners #43 Karen Jacobs and #55 Sofia Jouravel recently joined a walking tour of the Uptown neighborhood on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Our guide was Patti Swanson, who runs Chicago for Chicagoans, a pay-what-you-can walking tour service that partners with residents and neighborhood organizations to share their history with others. For the Uptown tour, Patti partnered with Vitaliy Vladimirov of Uptown United.

Uptown Walking Tour

Covering about two hours and wandering across city blocks that covered Uptown's famed Jazz Age district, the lakeshore, and a huge diversity of residential, commercial and community centers, we learned about the people and events that have given Uptown its unique and diverse character. Some fun facts:


* Broadway Avenue was originally named Evanston Avenue, but the name was changed in 1913 as part of an effort to market Uptown as an entertainment destination that could compete with...well, you know. 

* It was only in 1980 that Edgewater broke away from Uptown and became its own designated Chicago community area. Uptown still includes an extraordinarily diverse collection of neighborhoods, including Sheridan Park, Buena Park, Castlewood Terrace, Margate Park, Little Vietnam and the Uptown Entertainment district.

* Essanay Studios in Uptown was a pioneering silent film studio (films starring Charlie Chaplin, among others) until Chicago's weather and the rising popularity of Westerns pushed the industry ever-westward.

* The homes of Studs Terkel and (for a short while) George R. R. Martin were in Uptown.

* The Argyle street district, running eastward from under the El tracks, was once a Jewish enclave (and you can still see signs of this on certain buildings...). After the fall of Saigon in 1975, the area brought an influx of South East Asian refugees and took on its current pan-Asian commercial character.

* During and immediately after WWII, tens of thousands of Appalachians migrated to Chicago as the coal mining industry modernized and jobs became scarce. Affordable housing drew them to Uptown, and while there are few signs of it now, even through the 1970's the area supported a distinct Southern, rural subculture. Other waves of migrants and immigrant communities have also been part of Uptown's history and development.

* Not coincidentally, Uptown has a deep history of activism, especially around racial and economic justice issues. Grassroots organizer Peggy Terry fought passionately for racial equality and was an early proponent of what we now might call "intersectionality," the concept that poverty, racism and sexism can be understood as interdependent and not independent struggles. Radical organizers including the (white, largely Appalachian migrant) Young Patriots Organization, the Black Panther Party and the (Latino) Young Lords Organization in the 1960's worked together to push for a "Hank Williams Village" cooperative community in Uptown and even first coined the moniker "Rainbow Coalition." This name was later co-opted by Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the urban planning vision was co-opted in quite a different way as Mayor Richard J. Daley and other interests established Truman College in that location, instead. Today, activism still plays a huge role in Uptown's development and community organizing, especially around issues of affordable housing and preserving the neighborhood's extraordinary multicultural diversity.

 




 

"Patti and Vitaliy did a such a wonderful job of making the social and architectural history of Uptown come alive," says Karen. "It was fascinating to learn about the role played by the original train station - which eventually became the site of the Gerber Building and hopefully will soon become the site of Chicago Market - both in creating and responding to social changes in the neighborhood. I'm even more excited about the possibilities of our co-op becoming part of the story!"

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