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: making a list, checking it (way more than twice)

It takes a whole lot of gear to run a full service grocery store; the screen shot above is a fraction of our total equipment list, which comes to more than 160 lines. This list contains everything from kitchen tools to shelving to twenty-foot runs of display coolers. Our total equipment cost for the new location is just under $1,000,000; this is after trimming extra wish-list items to allocate for the future and looking into leasing options where it makes sense (e.g. ice machine). The equipment in the grown up Dill Pickle will allow us to provide more services, like hot and cold bar deli options, fresh juice, fresh meat, beer and wine, and a way, way more produce. It will be far more energy efficient, too--both in electrical and human-power--but it's also a big investment.

Our amazing 152 owner lenders and 1,800-plus owners at large have gotten us started on structural construction, but we need to reach our internal capital goal before all this marvelous equipment can be ordered and interior buildout gets underway. We're about to launch our third and final round of our capital campaign; I hope you'll consider helping the co-op do more of what we do better by helping with a loan, vesting extra equity, encouraging a friend to join the co-op or joining yourself if you've been hanging out on the fence about it for a while. Together, we can build a better locally-focused grocery store and a stronger cooperative economy.

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).

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.

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.

Pickle Potluck!

Come celebrate the Dill Pickle's 6th Anniversary this Sunday, December 6th, from 11am - 3pm at our new store site, 2746 N Milwaukee Ave! There will be drinks and snacks available for this family-friendly event. Guests may also want to drop by the Winter Farmer's Market across the street to pick up something delicious for our gathering. Sunday's event will also offer an opportunity for you to learn more about our expansion and owner loan campaign.

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