July 2018 Newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter - July 2018

Run for the Chicago Market Board

Annual Board elections are happening this summer! With Owner growth, funding and store design in process, our Co-op needs dedicated individuals to guide the organization. If you are interested in running for the Board, or exploring what being on the Board looks like, read here to learn more and connect with us. You can also view meeting minutes from a previous Board meeting on our Blog. Serving on the Board is a meaningful, fun and collaborative experience that will help build Chicago's largest co-op grocery store!


Building Our Co-op Will Take a Village

Building a cooperatively owned and democratically run grocery store from the ground up requires more dedicated Owners like yourself. Design and construction takes funding and that’s why we need to hit 2000 Owners by year’s end. Share these key Owner benefits with your friends and neighbors or send them to our next Ownership Info Session to encourage them to join Chicago Market
  • We are Owner-run! Chicago Market is not beholden to corporate shareholders
  • Each Owner will have a voice and a vote
  • Owners can run for Chicago Market Board positions
  • When you become an Owner, everyone in your household can enjoy the benefits of your Ownership
  • Owner-only sales and specials, discounts on workshops and special events, and at the Board's discretion in profitable years, an annual patronage refund
  • Help strengthen and uplift the diversity in our Uptown community as we work and partner with local nonprofits to provide employment and improve healthy, sustainable food options for all
  • Gain access to the Owners Only portal on our Co-op website.
In fact, the first Owner to recruit a friend will win one free class at Peterson Garden Project's cooking school. Have your friend mention you during their checkout process and we'll send you a discount code. (must be used by the end of August; excludes the Scraps to Feast class)

Need another great way to invite your like-minded friends to learn more about our Co-op? Host a house party! We will help make hosting as easy as possible by providing a kit with instructions and check lists, tips and pointers, brochures and posters for your guests, tote bags for new Owners who join at the party and more. We can even arrange for one of our leadership teams to come and speak to your group and answer any questions your friends might have about our Co-op. Contact Board Member Dana McKinney if you're interested.

Stick it! (A Yard Sign, that is!)

Our data proves that Chicago Market yard signs WORK! Stick one in your dirt and help us attract people to our cooperative market. Help us GROW by putting a newly redesigned Chicago Market Yard Sign in your yard, window, garden plot (personal or community garden) or flower box. Order yours here


Owner Loan Campaign

Our Owner Loan Campaign (OLC) will be essential to the growth of our Co-op. You will receive more information in the mail come September. Can't wait until then? Feel free to reach out to Sofia to talk about a loan now.

Here's the s(coop) from our blog

Chicago Market Design Team Kicks it Off!
When the producers of “Incredibles 2” start casting about for a storyline and characters for “Incredibles 3,” they needn’t look any further than Chicago Market’s Site/Architecture team of super-amazing architects, designers and engineers. And that’s no tall tale. Read more.

Upcoming events

  • Still on the fence about joining? Attend our Ownership Info Session at 12pm on Saturday, July 14 at Uptown Donuts on Wilson Ave. Send a friend to RSVP here.
  • Chicago Market My Buddy’s Mixer6-8pm on Thursday July 19 at My Buddy's (4416 N. Clark). Let's help build our community together. Bring your buddies (Owners and non-Owners) and hear from our buddies (business partners) on why they stand with Chicago Market. RSVP here
  • Chicago Market 2018 Annual Owners Meeting: 2-4pm on Saturday, August 4 at the Truman College Auditorium. RSVP here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here's your chance to pitch in and make Chicago Market a reality! Check out the list of our volunteer openingssign up and we'll help get you started!
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator Assistants
  • Social Media Ambassador - Facebook
  • Social Media Ambassador - Twitter
  • Social Media Ambassador - Instagram
  • Social Media Ambassador - LinkedIn
  • Social Media Manager
  • Event Planning Leads
  • House Party Lead
  • Data Entry and Projects
  • Event Helpers (including at tonight's Argyle Night Market Table!)
  • Website

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