Chicago Market, a community co-op

Chicago Market will change the way you shop for groceries. We’re building a community around local, sustainable food. Not an Owner of our food co-op yet?



We’re on the hunt for a commercial real estate expert who can help us find the perfect location. We’re looking for someone knowledgeable about our target neighborhoods, about our particular building needs and, hopefully, passionate about local foods.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Chicago Market news by reading the minutes of our monthly Board of Directors meetings. You’ll find them posted on our blog, by the last day of each month.

Keep Hydrated While Supporting Chicago Market

Check out these gorgeous new Chicago Market Water bottles. Says co-op Marketing Manager Anthony Todd: "While Chicago Market is searching for a location, we want to give people as many ways to show their co-op pride as possible." You know you want one, right? Even better, Owners get them for the discounted price of $10 ($12 for non-Owners).

Chicago Market water bottle



As always, check out for the latest information
and to RSVP. Here are some upcoming highlights:

Meet hog farmer Norm Koster and learn about Chicago Market on August 13 at 6pm at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne. Koster will be handing out samples before a showing of the movie “Paddington.” It’s a perfect chance to introduce the kids to a real, live farmer.

Learn about Chicago Market at our informational session on August 15 at 2pm at the Albany Park Library.

Get over your fear of canning at our super-educational Canning 101 workshop on August 18 at 7pm inside Broadway Armory Park at the Peterson Garden Project’s Community Cooking School.

Montalbano Farms


We’ve been delighted to partner with farmer (and Chicago Market Owner) Rob Montalbano in offering a discounted subscriptions to his CSA to his fellow Owners this season. Montalbano and his wife, Christine, have 100 acres in Sandwich, Illinois, about 60 miles outside of Chicago. They grow 70 different crops and hundreds of different cultivars. Their farm is on the path to becoming USDA Certified Organic. Unlike some CSAs, the Montalbanos offer both traditional and customized CSAs, at three different price points. Their season begins in June and runs through Thanksgiving. Says Farmer Rob: ¨When we moved out to our farm, there was nothing here. It was just flat land. We put up some buildings. We planted some trees, some cover crops. We are constantly reshaping the land, trying to restore it to as close to a natural system as we can.”


Lizzy Appleby is a Chicago Market Owner who joined our volunteer team in June. As part of our Organizational Development Team, she’s our (Volunteer!) Volunteer Co-ordinator - chief recruiter, meeter, organizer and all-around cheerleader for other Chicago Market volunteers.

Lizzy grew up in greater Chicagoland and now lives

Lizzy Appleby

with her partner Cherelle in Edgewater. She graduated in June with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, and she currently supervises a youth program at University of Chicago Medicine focused on community health on Chicago’s South Side.

Lizzy became an Owner in September, 2014 and says she is most excited about Chicago Market “as a site of creativity and community, as well as being able to easily identify and purchase food good for people and planet.”

What does she enjoy most about being a Volunteer?
She loves meeting with other Owners and supporters, and first-hand “hearing what makes them passionate about Chicago Market.” And she’s become quite a matchmaker…matching your skills & interests with Chicago Market’s needs and expertly connecting you in with projects and teams that fit.

Lizzy's Favorite Quote: “Yes — grow! Change! Evolve!” [Elizabeth Gilbert]

Chicago Market Board Member Karen Jacobs says it best: “We love that Lizzy’s is the one of the first real ‘faces’ of Chicago Market that our volunteers meet up with…she’s joyful, energetic, and she’s exactly the kind of Owner who makes Chicago Market so special!”