Community Owned

Democratically owned by you, the customer.

Locally Focused

Bringing you the freshest local foods and artisanal products.

Natural and Organic

Committed to providing sustainably grown food you can trust.

Expansion Update: construction underway, matching loan

Construction is moving right along; a big rectangluar hole in the floor has appeared where a future staircase will go and electrical service is being moved for our new back wall. Kelsey from City Farm has had a front row seat on Sundays from noon to three, when she borrows our space as a compost drop off point between the indoor and outdoor farmers markets. It's been fun to prop open our doors for a couple hours each Sunday and chat with curious passers-by!

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Time To Grow This Spring!

Owner Loan Campaign: $1 Million by May 15!
Springtime is the season of new growth-- a beautiful time to be building our new grocery store at 2746 North Milwaukee! Our General Manager and her team are working hard to conceptually mold 10,000 square feet of raw space into expanded departments, a deli & beverage bar, a multipurpose room, and auto/bike parking to meet our community's needs. Now is your chance to invest directly in our capacity to increase access to sustainable, fair food-- and to support the local folks producing it!

This Spring Owner Loan Campaign is an important opportunity to demonstrate community commitment to our co-op's future. Reaching our $1 million goal through $600k in new owner loans this spring will be a strong show of confidence to our partners at Shared Capital Cooperative and the Chicago Community Loan Fund, who'll help us meet the total project budget. Here's our path forward:
Thanks to over 100 early Dill Pickle owner-lenders, we're already 40% toward our goal! With structural construction already underway at the new site, help us complete schematic design this week and move on to city permitting! It's your loan, your terms: 0-4% interest for 5-9 years. Ready to pledge now? Have questions? Get in touch with our campaign team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Project 2746: Building Cooperative Community







Project 2746 is a weekly event series building cooperative community in the Dill Pickle’s future home on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm. Come check out the space and stay to see what we're up to:
4/7: Invest in Your Values: a conversation on alternatives to traditional market investments with the Center for Changing Lives
3/31: Brews, 'Booch & the Board: swing by to chat with co-op directors about expansion plans, sample some locally brewed bevs, and see your owner loans at work! We've got an updated floor plan to share! 
3/21: A MUSICAL NIGHT w/ THE MAGICAL BEASTS: Ethan Pikas, pedal steel & banjo // Sharon Hoyer, vocals // Cara Sawyer, horn & vocals // Nathan Paulus, guitar & tunes // John Herbst, uke & banjo // Josh Miller, bass.
3/17: ART IN THE NEW SPACE! Draw, paint, sketch, and create. We provide the art supplies and snacks, you provide the talent!
3/10: GROW WITH US! Learn 'Soil Truthing' with Nance Klehm of The Ground Rules (bring a soil sample from your garden!) // Seed-starting with Lora Lode of Monticello Community Garden & Neighbor-Space // 'Bee Informed’ with Michael Thompson of Chicago Honey Co-op!/
2/25: HAPPY HOUR w/ Begyle Brewing! 

Help our co-op grow! Learn more about our Owner Loan Campaign.

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Neighborhood Night: Add your Voice to the Vision on Jan.14, 5-9pm

We're growing to better serve you: a new location at 2746 N Milwaukee = full-service grocery + deli & seating + beer & wine + community room, coming Summer 2016.That means 35 new living-wage jobs, more dollars to local producers, and a growing capacity to meet our cooperative mission.

What products will be on the shelves? What programs will be offered? What will the space look and feel like? How can the co-op best serve its community? You decide!

Join us for a NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT of cooperative planning at 2746 N Milwaukee, new store site on Thursday, January 14 from 5-9pm for an open house & community input stations, with a brief program & presentation at 7pm.

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