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Announcing our new Board member: Lance Rantala

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The Chicago Market Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Lance Rantala to the Board.

Rantala, an experienced co-op manager, is filling the Board position recently vacated by the wonderful Nisha Kapadia Bhesania. Nisha brought much wisdom and enthusiasm to the Board during her tenure, but had to step down because she moved to the Bay Area with her husband. 

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Eat & Drink to Help Genesis Growers

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Vicki Westerhoff, one of Chicago Market's most-supportive farmers (scroll down, that's Farmer Vicki on our homepage), has had a rough summer. 

Heavy rains early this season washed away many of her crops. 

But 10 of Chicago's best chefs are coming together on Aug. 30 for a benefit to raise money for Genesis. Your ticket not only gets you some outstanding food and drink, but you'll be helping an outstanding farm.

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July Board of Directors Meeting

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Really want to stay in the loop about Chicago Market's progress? You'll want to read these summaries of our monthly Board meetings. They'll be posted here by the end of each month. (Yes ... we know this one's a bit late ...)

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Meet The Shift

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We at Chicago Market are so fortunate to work with so many outstanding local businesses. 

And one of our great supporters has been The Shift, a co-working and community space in Uptown, that has hosted several of our Board meetings and educational workshops. 

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Stay Hydrated While Supporting Chicago Market

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It's like that scene from the Steve Martin classic "The Jerk," where he runs around screaming "The new phonebook is here! The new phonebook is here!"

We had that same level of excitement at Chicago Market HQ when we caught our first glimpses of our shiny, new branded water bottles. 

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Food-Sourcing Update from Team GLRP

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Your Board has built out a number of teams,  each of which has a focus. Recently, you learned about the work of Site Selection & Design, developing site selection criteria and reaching out to real estate brokers. This week, I want to update you on a team I lead called Grocery Logistics, Retail and Procurement, or GLRP for short (we smile and pronounce it GLuRP).

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Site Selection Criteria

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Chicago Market is moving forward at an exciting pace!  We're checking out sites, interviewing real estate agents and setting procurement policies.  In order to give our Owners more information about what we're up to, we've asked some of our Board Members to give updates on their activities.

This update is from Dan Miller, on Site Selection and Design. Dan has been hard at work trying to figure out how we pick the perfect site and what the store will look like once it's open.

My team has come up with a mission-driven set of site selection criteria we are using as we begin to look at possible sites for the new store. We’ve already used these criteria to evaluate several sites we’ve had our eyes on.  

 

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Site Selection Update

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Chicago Market is moving forward at an exciting pace!  We're checking out sites, interviewing real estate agents and setting procurement policies.  In order to give our Owners more information about what we're up to, we've asked some of our Board Members to give updates on their activities.

The first update is from Mark Ahlheim, on Site Selection and Design.  Mark is a grocery store and real estate expert, and he's  been hard at work trying to figure out how we find the perfect real estate agent to help make Chicago Market a reality.

As Chicago Market looks forward to securing a site for its brick-and-mortar store, we also look to bring aboard a commercial real estate agent who can represent our interests, completely understands our needs, and negotiates the best possible agreement for our space.  With that in mind, we have begun that search and hope to have that person aboard soon.

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Thank You, Greener Ravenswood!

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We had an absolute blast at the recent Greener Ravenswood event. 

The annual event benefits local, sustainable initiatives in the Ravenswood neighborhood -- one of the target areas for Chicago Market's store. 

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Chicago Market Owners: Making Fireworks

Last year on July 4, Chicago Market had been active for three weeks. We published a flag, similar to this one, which had the names of our first Owners.

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