Why be an Owner?
Chicago Market exists to rebuild the connection between food producers and consumers. Because cooperative structure encourages serving Owners first, not shareholders, our decisions are your decisions; our goals are your goals; our bottom line is your bottom line.
Chicago Market will be different from other grocery stores in four important ways:
Focus on local foods. ‘Local foods’ is not a marketing tool for Chicago Market; it is our reason for being.
Ownership and Affordability. Chicago Market exists to serve its Owners.
Transparency, Information and Education. Chicago Market will be an open book: we will educate and provide information about our food -- where it came from, and how it was produced.
Building relationships and strong communities. At Chicago Market, farmers are not nameless links in the supply chain—they are integral community partners.