December 2021 Newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter — December 2021

Build a Better Market — Year-end Donations

This has been a great year for Chicago Market and your year-end donation can keep that progress rolling!

We hired our General Manager, Dan Arnett, in April.

We received a $75,000 vote of confidence in the form of a grant from the Chicago Region Food System Fund. 

We launched the first-ever Uptown Farmers Market, connecting you with your food while making it accessible to all through over $6000 in SNAP purchases and $5000 in Link Match, which doubles peoples' SNAP amounts toward fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Your Co-op is on a quick-moving path now toward build out and opening, but one step remains — raising the last of the needed capital. Alongside the bank loan and the TIF funding is Owner and community participation in the construction costs. That's the way co-ops retain local control and autonomy — WE participate in the funding.

Please consider an end-of-year donation to Chicago Market. Your help this year, in ANY amount, keeps giving because a co-op keeps giving — through jobs, charitable giving, food access and more.

Donations may be tax-deductible and recurring donations are also possible. Check with your tax advisor to learn more about how the CARES Act may make it easier to help Chicago Market with a charitable donation this year.

Give the Gift of Co-op

Does your holiday gift list include people who care about local foods; being connected to their sources of food; helping bring good jobs to the community; and sustainability and local economic control? 

Buy them an Ownership in Chicago Market and empower them to shop their values!
Gift Ownerships are always available on our SHOP page


Officer Elections

Your Board elects its officers each fall and we recently elected:

Matthew Ruffi, President
Dana McKinney, Vice President
Lee Herman, Treasurer
Chris Burns, Secretary

Buy local while you give to family and friends. Our SHOP team has gift boxes from our farmer friends at Pecatonica River Honey and Windridge Herb Farm plus lots of other individual items perfect for stocking stuffing. Order online at SHOP and pickup at our store on December 19. 

Upcoming Events

News from Our Community

Learn how to grow your own food! Peterson Garden Project's 2022 garden registration is now open to the public! Join your fellow gardeners and neighbors in the community to learn how to grow food, share what you learn, and enjoy some much anticipated sunshine with Peterson Garden Project. People interested in gardening with PGP do not need any gardening experience. Membership is $100 and includes online classes and education through their partner City Grange, some communal supplies/tools, water fee, garden mentoring, and your 4'x8' plot with organic soil. Gardens open April 23 and close November 6. Visit their website today to register or for more info! Email with questions or for scholarships. 

News from Our Business Owners

Metropolis Coffee is offering Owners one dollar off bags of coffee beans. Stop in at 1039 W. Granville or 3057 N. Rockwell and tell them you're a Chicago Market Owner when you check out.
(Valid every day except Thursday)

Herby PoP is offering 10% off on bags of Herby PoP artisan herbed popcorn. Order online and use coupon code cooplove for 10% off. All Co-op Owners and non-Owners can enjoy the savings.


Give the gift of composting! Collective Resource Compost has gift certificates for their composting service and countertop collection containers, for giving a gift that helps mitigate climate change. There aren’t too many gifts like that available. Recipients must be in their service area. Fill out this form on their website.

P6 in Action!
Dill Pickle
is offering all Chicago Market Owners a 5% discount to shop in the store until the end of the year. (must show your Owner card) Plus use code DILLPICKLE10 on their Mercato site for 10% off a one-time purchase for delivery. 

Build a Better Market

We own this business together. We operate it. And together, we fund it. 

 You can do it!

Our Build a Better Market capital campaign team is taking a break for the holidays so we're not making direct outreach at the moment. But Preferred Shares are still available if you reach out to us! Email to get started.


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