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Owners Approve New Principles for Chicago Market

Chicago Market has always held the internationally recognized Seven Cooperative Principles as guides and we've committed to following them in our Bylaws and Policy Governance documents.

But we know we can hold ourselves accountable to more, so it's exciting that at the Board's recommendation, our Owners have now also approved and added six additional principles to guide us in our work.


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2022 Chicago Market Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Candidates for the Board of Directors are asked a series of questions to help the Owners of Chicago Market make an informed decision. Here is the response from our candidate this year:

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Exciting Funding News

Today Chicago Market was selected by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to receive
over $5 million in grant funds to
make our store a reality!

We've worked diligently as a Co-op, building up one of the largest start-up Owner bases in the country — 2,200 now! And together we've raised over $1.6 million to fund our store. This large investment from the City recognizes you, recognizes your shared community values and goals, and it clears the path for the final phase of our development.



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Update: We're well on our way but still have work to do

Much has happened since we provided our last update on the project and we're excited to share that there’s been quite a bit of activity in the past few months at Chicago Market.

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Update: Best of the Best Nomination


We're feeling pretty excited this week!

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Update: Finalized Governance Documents

One of our strengths is that we adhere to the Seven Cooperative Principles and Number 2 is Democratic Member Control.



So how does that work?

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Update: Uptown Farmers Market Review

Launching Uptown's first farmers market last year was a pretty big initiative for us. And the Uptown Farmers Market will be back in 2022!

As we look forward to planning for the second year, the Board takes full analysis of the first season seriously. Director Kate Grimm, part of the farmers market team, presented an overview of facts and learning in a recent Board meeting.

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Update: Grant Opportunity

One of the coolest things about co-ops is that they communicate regularly with each other and share information. It's Cooperative Principle #6 and a great example that we've benefitted from is this:

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Update: Project Management

We're reaching the point in our development where there are a LOT of moving parts to keep track of, so we have an exciting volunteer to introduce who is helping our GM manage it all. 

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Chicago Market Draft Renderings

We're excited to share that we have early-stage draft renderings of our store to help you feel it coming to life!

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