Chicago Market, in collaboration with Alderman Cappleman's office and community leaders, is pursuing a bid to build our community-owned, full-service grocery store in the CTA's renovated Wilson Station (red line), aka the Gerber Building.
Learn more about our co-op's mission, our bid for this very special space, our progress, how you can help, community support and FAQs here!
The CTA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) asking for bids on the property. We are working with our Owners, our commercial real estate brokers, our architect and designer, and our community partners to craft the best professional and community-oriented proposal. As we enter our bid for this beautiful building, competing against national fast food stores and other chains with deep pockets, we need your show of support more than ever.
Sign our Community Petition - support our Wilson Station Bid
We love this space for its accessibility, its unique history, its size, and its ability to deliver on our mission to create a local, sustainable and connected food community. We believe our community-owned grocery store will make the Wilson Station a destination like no other. It's an ambitious project for the CTA, which is why we need help and input from our Owners and the community.
Come to our next Information Session to learn about joining Chicago Market as an Owner (September 6)
Our Hat's in the Ring - Chicago Market announcement of the Wilson Station Bid
Video - Community members share why they're excited about Chicago Market in Uptown!
(NEW!) Podcast - Owner #55 Sofia Jouravel joins the "Awesomonster - AWSM Comedy Radio" podcast to talk about the co-op
Reports on Community Meetings
May 10 Community meeting (presentation link here)
May 20 Community Meeting (presentation link here)
Over 45 community, local and regional organizations have offered Letters of Support for Chicago Market's Wilson Station bid - (NEW!) see the full list here.
Here's one of our favorites from a local farmer, Hazzard Free Farm, that speaks to how the co-op will not only strengthen our neighborhood, but also strengthen our connection to the small and family farms that surround our city.
In the News
Uptown Update 5/19/17: Final Chicago Market Community Meeting Saturday In Uptown
WGN Radio "Pretty Late" 5/8/17: Sofia Jouravel discusses the Chicago Market co-op
WGN Radio "Outside the Loop" 5/7/17: Chicagoist food editor Anthony Todd talks about the development of the Chicago Market, a new co-op grocery store that’s coming to Uptown
Chicagoist 4/13/17: A New Local Food Co-Op Could Come To Wilson Red Line's Historic Gerber Building
Chicago Tribune 4/13/17: Grocery store co-op wants to make its home at Uptown's historic Gerber Building
More about the Gerber Building/Wilson Station/Uptown
Video: Architect Marlise Fratinardo, with the CTA, discusses the rebuilding of the landmark Gerber Building as part of the rebuilt Wilson "L" station in Uptown. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Uptown Update 5/21/17: Wilson L Construction Update
(NEW!) "What's Up in Uptown: A Walking Tour of the Neighborhood" (Chicago Market blog 5/24/17)
(NEW!) Uptown Update 7/11/17: Latest on Wilson L Progress
(NEW!) Drawing of restored Gerber façade - from CTA proposal documents
(NEW!) Uptown Update 7/27/17: Gerber Building Gets its First New Windows
Learn More about Chicago Market!
Come to our next Information Session (Sep 6)
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