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We are building a coalition with growers and entrepreneurs to help launch the Chicago Market, which will open in May 2024, and connect underserved growers in the region with an exclusive market opportunity to fill a 15,000 sq ft co-op grocery store/nutrition center in the Uptown neighborhood.
Once established, the Chicago Market will become a national model for community-based, economically-sound food distribution. Your support is needed and will create opportunities for family farmers, fill logistical gaps in the food supply, build resilient, healthy communities, and provide nutrition for all.
Think Regeneration and two farming partners in Illinois have been awarded $150,000 to purchase infrastructure to support their impact in the regional food system. Think Regeneration is the primary grant writer for Down at the Farms LLC and Run-A-Way Buckers, two family-owned operations serving the Illinois region. Full Story
Connect 7th-generation family farmers in Illinois with an exclusive marketplace where they can sell their products, meet their customers, and influence the entire supply chain.
Chicago residents will now have a new option for their food, a community-based cooperative market that is focused on nutrition, education, and affordability.
Connect underserved growers in Illinois with exclusive market opportunities.
Open doors for consumers to healthy food grown for flavor and nutrient density.
Learn in our teaching kitchen and from cooks in our large prepared food department.
Our shoppers and local community members help make key store decisions.
Think Regeneration is an official partner of Chicago Market. We are working with the task force to raise $250k in philanthropic or low-interest capital that would trigger about $10.8 million in grant funding, and could be repaid within 18 months or less. The funding will allow our task force to stay on track for construction in 2023, expand the grower supply network, and prepare to apply the grant funding. Once opened, Think Regeneration will support Chicago Market by helping them buy from underserved farmers, collect consumer interest data, and sharing their national model with other interested groups and municipalities.
Think Regeneration is a 501(c)(3) committed to ensuring your generosity makes a real impact in our food supply. All donations will go to help create more opportunities for underserved growers in Illinois to supply the Chicago Market.