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December 2019 Newsletter


Chicago Market Newsletter - December 2019

Holiday Pop-Up Market a Smash Success

We welcomed over nine hundred people into our future store last week for our Holiday Pop-Up Market, introducing them to 25+ terrific local vendors and producers. There was live music and performances, and 12 households became new Owners with us that night.

We think a vibrant community hub at the corner of Wilson and Broadway should not be just occasional like this - we want a grocery store and community gathering hub open there every day of the year. As Owners you're making that happen.

Make Ownership a holiday gift to a friend or family member to help us finish the year strong. When you do, you're also giving back to your community. What a great way to end the year!
Click here to Give the Gift of Co-op.


(More photos from the Pop-Up Market here.)

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Other News  

The Board elects officers each fall and recently voted to seat: Grant Kessler as president; Sarah Kircher as vice-president; Isaac Emerson as treasurer and Lee Herman as secretary. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Help your Co-op succeed. Bring your friends out to our Ownership Info Session this Saturday, December 14 at Bezazian Branch Library, 1-2:00pm.

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Concern for Community...and Cookies!

Co-ops adhere to the Seven Cooperative Principles and one of them we love is Concern for Community. So we're pretty excited to share a way YOU can show concern for the community, make a difference, AND score some beautiful holiday cookies. Owner Karen Jacobs has this special offer for you:

"I love supporting local organizations that provide good food for Chicagoans to feed their families in tough times. I also love making and sharing holiday cookies.

If you email me a receipt before 12/12 confirming a (Nov or Dec 2019) donation of $100+ to a local food pantry (see list below), I will make you a plate of a dozen lovely decorated cookies. LMK: Christmas or Chanukah; gingerbread or sugar cookies.

Cookies will be ready for pickup the week of 12/16 at my home in Lincoln Square area (or I may be able to drop off if you’re nearby or in northern ‘burbs). Please note these are not vegan, gluten-free or lactose-free and I can’t guarantee a nut-free environment.

Is $100 a lot to pay for a plate of cookies? Of course it is! But the idea here is to support our neighbors in need together, not to compete for the cheapest plate of baked goods.

Here are the organizations I support:"

News From Our Owners

  • From Owner Anni Metz: "I think a lot of you will be interested in a project I've been working on -- House Warming, a podcast about climate policy and solutions in Chicago and Illinois. My good friend Abby and I decided to start the podcast a few months ago, when we realized that we were having a hard time keeping up on the latest climate news despite our best efforts. On the podcast, we'll interview experts and activists and community leaders and aggregate the latest climate news so our friends and neighbors can stay up-to-date.

    We've released two episodes so far: an interview about regenerative agriculture with Illinois Stewardship Alliance and an interview about the Clean Energy Jobs Act with The Illinois Environmental Council. You can listen here: housewarmingpod.com

  • Business Owner Khepri Cafe, opening in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood in January 2020, presents an early look at the retail products that will be available in-store with special online offers and gifting ideas. Check out the holiday gift bags here!

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You Can Always Loan

Yes, our Owner Loan Campaign is on hiatus right now, but we still need to fill our funding gap and YOU can loan anytime! Email Sofia to get started!


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