Chicago Market Newsletter — March 2023
What Is Our Project's Timeline?
Your grocery store is a complex project, with many steps that take time along the way, and your Board is committed to sharing those steps with you. Alongside great progress recently with electrical supply, fireproofing work, and early equipment ordering (see the fun videos below!), come some steps that have moved slower than we'd hoped.
Board President, Matthew Ruffi, has the scoop in this short video about our target open date moving into spring 2024.
Uptown Farmers Market — Volunteer and Sponsor
Sign up HERE or email [email protected] for more information.
- Provide compostable bags to our vendors
- Host local musicians each week
- Support our weekly Community Booth
Sign up for all Sponsorship opportunities HERE or email [email protected] for more information or to create a custom sponsorship.
Bowman Gardens Native Plant SaleWe hosted our Owner Angela Bowman of Bowman Gardens for a terrific native plants workshop recently and now she's offering her first-ever plant sale. She'll donate 10% of the proceeds to Chicago Market and plant pickup is at our Uptown Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 17. Order by March 31.
- Buy plants a la carte from the Prairie/Savanna Collection (for sunny sites) and the Woodland/Edge Collection (for shadier sites)
- Buy a Prairie or Woodland Combo Kit, each designed to fill a 60 square-foot site.
Neighborhood News — Printmaking Workshop
In the News
Chicagoland Food Co-ops Rising — our co-op friends at Prairie Food Co-op in Lombard got some great press this week and the article has a nice Chicago Market mention! We are part of a powerful movement to bring cooperative grocery shopping to Chicagoland!
Dan's In the News — our GM, Dan Arnett, is also the Chair of Fairtrade America, and he's quoted in this piece as the organization hires a new executive director.
News from Our Business Owners
"Come to the Chicago Fair Trade Museum to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year! Whether you’re new to Nowruz or it’s a long-held family tradition for you, all are welcome to join us for an evening of delicious food, drink, music, and dancing, all delivered with our signature fair trade flair. Book your tickets today!"
IRPINO Real Estate presents their March Local Business Spotlight video featuring Sunflour Bakery & Café, a woman-owned business in Buena Park. Check out the interview with owner Elia Ayala to learn more about their unique take on breakfast sandwiches and the wide variety of coffee drinks and pastries they offer.
"We are now the first manufacturer of BPI-certified commercially compostable espresso capsules in America!
Our capsules are compatible with Nespresso Original Line brewers. Our Spice Island, La Cordillera, Redline Espresso, and Decaf Redline are available in 24-ct bags online."