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The best way for us to demonstrate community support to the CTA, the Alderman, and the Mayor is to tell our story about why we believe in bringing our community food co-op to the Wilson CTA.
Do you want to support the local economy? Shop healthy and affordable local food for you and your family?  Produce well-paying jobs with benefits in our neighborhood?  Get Owner returns and savings in store?  Support farmers and local producers by providing a large distribution destination? 
Share your story below, and tell us why a local food co-op is important to you.

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  • Tirzah Oliver
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  • Tirzah Oliver
    This is great and much needed in our communities! Hope to see more co-ops in other Chicago neighborhoods. Thank you. ♡
  • Alice Viera
    We need healthy and affordable food around the Wilson/Broadway area. Please make this happen!
  • Michael Almonte
  • Carlos Navarro
    Having a Community Food Co-Op in our Back Yard is :

    1》Essential for Healthy Substinance & Finding Out Who Our Neighbors Are

    2》Enables a Sense Of Community & Bonding & Empathy

    This will be my go to venue for , Food & Social Engagement ! I’m very excited endorsing this Viable Idea !

    Mr. Carlos Navarro

    Community Leader
  • Rachael Huttner
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  • Rachael Huttner
    I have traveled all over the U.S. including a brief move to the west coast and the ONE thing I wish Chicago had that all these other places I love frequenting has, is more co-ops. Every time I hit the road, the first places I check out is the community’s co-op food store. They serve as a hub of information, locally grown and sourced food, and always have genuine, ‘plugged in’ staff that care about the environment of their store and neighborhood. If you want to do something new, and create a caring and aware community, then a co-op at Wilson is the way to go. I choose to live in this city because I love it so but I always find myself lamenting it’s lack of co-ops, and what I huge contribution they are, when I return.
  • Ceasar Miranda
  • Maciej Kurka
    As a amateur grower and gardener who knows the limits of small patch of land I value a possibility of having a reliable source of produce close to where I live.
  • Nicole Pederson
  • Mary Hansen
    We support you; please support us! A Co-op will provide fresh healthy food at affordable prices. We need this in the Community.
  • Jen Bakija
    I first moved to Uptown in 1998. I fell in love with the area and lived there for 14 years. I still own property in the area and have waited to see this historic area of Chicago get the attention and love it deserves. Having Chicago Market based in this area would be excellent for all the residents of Uptown, and nearby communities. Being near the El would be essential for Chicago Market’s scope to reach more residents of the north side.
  • Mary Morrissette
    I’m so eager to buy fresh, locally grown foods and products. When I was a kid, we ate “seasonally” and only bought locally grown food at the grocery store and directly from farmers. We canned bushels of fruits and vegetables annually and it fed our family of six throughout the winter. While I may not do canning anymore, I’ll love having access to delicious fresh, locally grown foods at Chicago Market and also learning about the people who grow and make the food we enjoy. We need this amazing location! Good for our families, our local economy and our community!
  • daon hufnus
  • Hayley Lutz
    Wilson Ave is my stop and I love living here. A food co-op would be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!
  • Christopher Rowland
  • Shawn Steubing
  • Shawn Steubing
  • Shawn Steubing
    I come from a family of farmers. When I was able to visit everything was always fresh from the farm. This location would provide the public with direct access to quality, healthy foods.
  • Sara McMurray
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  • Sara McMurray
    I’m rarely able to get to the pop-ups due to my hectic work schedule. I’m excited for a permanent co-op store where I can support local suppliers and really get to “know” my food.
  • Emily McWilliams
    Uptown could use the ups. This would be a vote of confidence in a historic neighborhood that deserves the positive press and investment. As a former Uptown resident, I think the neighborhood could really benefit from more grocery store options, and an additional community hub. Plus, let’s face it: the Wilson CTA stop should be famous for more than just the pigeon population.
  • Erin Drain
    This will be a wonderful addition to Uptown!
  • Nanci Calamari
  • Pat
    A local business with high-quality food? What’s not to love?
  • Joy and Bernie Noven
    My husband and I were members of the Uptown Food Coop forty years ago. We met many of our wonderful neighbors through the coop and some are our friends today.

    It was a wonderful way of getting to buy fresh well priced foods and a marvelous way to meet your neighbors. Joy Noven
  • annette mambuca
    Locating the co-op in Uptown would make it a destination for me — a commute I will be more than happy to make for a variety of reasons, including these:

    1) Uptown, its businesses and residents deserve and are likely in need of City-wide investment in its continued development as a neighborhood

    2) The Chicago Market co-op’s mission of developing a community of diverse owners, shoppers and neighbors could potentially undergird the social network in Uptown

    3) There will be opportunities for Co-op employment

    4) The availability of high-quality food, of course, is a given

    I strongly urge the Mayor and the Chicago Council to support this endeavor.
  • Chris Perchatsch
  • Damien Casten
    I am a member as an individual and a member through my business – this effort is a shining example of what can be done to spark the economy of a neighborhood through the sales the store will bring and a region thanks to the jobs the build out will create and the local farms and producers it will support.

    With all due respect to the big box stores, no city was one ever featured in a travel magazine because of how many chains it hosts. This is the sort of project that Chicago needs more of, not less!

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