New “City Bucks” Coming To West Side Farmers Markets

September 27, 2013

Market Shoppers will enjoy $10 purchasing coupons

Cindy Gatziolis     312.744.0573

Mayor’s Press Office    312.744.3334

Mayor Emanuel will join the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to announce the City Bucks program. The City Bucks program is effectively a coupon, given free to attendees at the city's West Side farmers markets. The attendees will be able to use the coupons to purchase fresh food at the west side farmers markets. DCASE has partnered with Experimental Station to coordinate this program and will begin distributing $5 “City Bucks” coupons, while supplies last, beginning this Saturday, September 28 at the West Humboldt Park Market and again on Tuesday at the Columbus Park Market. City Bucks will be valid at all five West Side Markets. Shoppers at the West Side markets, which run through the end of October, will be able to use up to two of the “City Bucks” (a total of $10) per market visit.

“Everybody’s grocery bills are growing and that’s why we use coupons and value cards when we shop, so now our west side Farmers Markets will have their own coupons,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We wanted to make it a little easier for those that shop at those five markets to be able to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables available every week.”

The Chicago Farmers Markets program is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and COUNTRY Financial. Markets are held weekly from May through October.

The West Side Markets are:


Columbus Park

Harrison & Central


La Follette Park

1333 N. Laramie


West Humboldt Park

3601 W. Chicago


Austin Town Hall Park

Lake & Central


Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N. Central Park

All five markets already accept the LINK program. The Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT/LINK card is the identification card for recipients of the Federal Snap Benefits Food Stamp Program that is offered throughout the State of Illinois to those who qualify.

Each of these markets also feature programming elements such as an on-site nutritionist, family activities provided by Master Gardeners, cooking demonstrations with healthy recipes using fresh product and social services related to the LINK Card.

The Chicago Farmers Markets program is presented by DCASE and COUNTRY Financial, and sponsored in part by 93 XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 890 AM & WLS 94.7 FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune. For more information, call 312.744.3316, TTY: 312.744.2964 or visit and like us on Facebook at Chicago Farmers Markets.


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 The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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