May 2023 newsletter

Chicago Market Newsletter — May 2023

Sourcing the Groceries
for Your Store

Chicago Market has a special way of thinking about the farmers and food producers who will be on our shelves. They matter so much to us, we captured our commitment to them in our Relationships Value:

"...we regard our farmers, manufacturers, producers, and employees as valued members of our community."

In order to deliver on that promise, we've been introducing our GM, Dan Arnett, to some of the farmers and producers in our area and we're telling the story of those visits in short videos. Click each picture to watch the videos:

Local, Sustainable Tofu at
Phoenix Bean Tofu

Visit to Run-A-Way Buckers Ranch in Pembroke Township


Silver Tree Beer & Spirits Visit

Prairie Fruits Farm Visit



Straight Talk from Farmer Marty Travis - why Chicago Market matters

Row Dogs and Speckled
Butter Beans



Board Membership Updates: Welcome Sonia Lewis, Thank You Lee Herman

Sonia Lewis: On May 1st, the Chicago Market Board of Directors appointed Sonia Lewis to an open Board seat. Sonia has over 25 years experience in human resources in a variety of professional settings, including in HR for Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington, and says: “I have seen the wonders on how a Co-op can change communities, health, passion for good food, and resources for great job opportunities.” Welcome, Sonia!

Lee Herman: Sonia will serve out the remainder of Lee Herman’s 2020–2023 Board term. Lee was first elected to the Board in 2017 and served in numerous roles—many simultaneously—including Treasurer, Secretary, Webmaster, IT Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and more. Among his many contributions, Lee’s organizational thinking and wisdom flows throughout the Co-op from his years of participation in our Organizational Development team. Lee moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2022 for family reasons and has served on the Board remotely since then. Lee, thank you for your amazing contributions to Chicago Market, and we look forward to welcoming you back for shopping visits in YOUR store!

Follow along on the process of your store with this visual of our Timeline.

Here are the most recent progress steps:
  • Bank loans and City TIF funding are still in process. We expect to close on them soon.
  • ComEd is finalizing our electric service, which means our store design team will then put the finishing touches on our architectural and engineering drawings and move them to the permitting stage.
  • Our used equipment bid has been accepted. As soon as our bank funding finalizes, we may choose to move that purchase forward.

Uptown Farmers Market Community Corner

Our farmers market celebrates organizations in our community by providing them a booth at our market. Be sure to visit them. Upcoming Community Corner participants are:

May 10 — Alexis Zimmer State Farm
May 17 —  Bowman Gardens, Chicago Pet Club, GameOn! Sports
May 24 — Uptown Branch, Chicago Public Library
May 31 — Apna Ghar Health Fair
June 7 — Cornerstone Community Outreach

News from Our Business Owners

"Bowman Gardens is looking forward to the culmination of the spring plant sale, where 10% of profits will be donated to Chicago Market. Plant orders will be ready for pickup at the Uptown Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 17. In addition to the pre-orders, I will have a limited selection of individual native plants for sale, so drop by our booth at the market to say hello and pick up a few native plants for your garden."

Collective Resource Compost
"Are you looking for meaningful work and don’t mind getting a little dirty doing it? Yes? Then we have an opportunity for you. We’re hiring a compost service specialist/driver. We offer competitive wages, health insurance, paid time off, holiday pay, 3% retirement savings match and the opportunity to see your work contribute toward regenerating our beautiful planet. Learn more here on our website."

Get Involved

Your Co-op is a nationally recognized project that will have incredible impact on our local economy and the local food system. Invest in Preferred Shares now—you benefit and your Co-op can lower its reliance on bank debt. 

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