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Christine Carrino Christine.Carrino@cityofchicago.org
Jamey Lundblad Jamey.Lundblad@cityofchicago.org
CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago City Markets, managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), are extending dates this fall in several neighborhood locations to expand access to fresh and healthy food. The market will continue at Austin Town Hall on Thursdays through October 29; at West Humboldt Park on Saturdays through October 10; and at Bronzeville on Sundays through September 27. Additional locations are located at Division Street, Federal Plaza, Printers Row, Pullman and Roseland. The six additional weeks at Austin Town Hall are made possible by The One Chicago Fund.
"As we navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic into the fall season, Chicago City Markets will continue to serve as an indispensable resource for residents and businesses alike to safely deliver the foods and other goods our communities rely on,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Over the coming weeks, we will also explore even further measures to support our families—especially those with limited resources—in their efforts to keep healthy and fed during this unprecedented moment in our city’s history.”
Considered essential businesses, the city-run markets serve communities with limited access to fresh produce and areas designated low-income, low-access by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). All markets accept LINK through a partnership with Link Up Illinois, an Experimental Station program. The Link Match incentive (previously known as double value) gives a matching $1 coupon for each dollar spent with a Link card, up to $25.
In addition to the Chicago City Markets, several independently run markets are also extending and adding dates. Under the guidance of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), all markets, whether on private or public property, are required to register its social distancing plans with DCASE before opening. Approved markets’ schedules and locations are listed at chicagocitymarkets.us.
The health and safety of market customers, staff and vendors remains the highest priority. Face coverings are required at all times. Vendor booths are spaced six feet (about two meters) apart, and shoppers must enter and exit at clear access points and maintain appropriate physical distancing in lines and while shopping. Only vendors may handle produce, and no food may be prepared, sampled, or eaten on site.
All shoppers, vendors and staff are also asked to follow all recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health -- wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands, and cover their noses and mouths when sneezing or coughing. Anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home.
The Chicago City Markets are produced by DCASE. For more information, visit chicagocitymarkets.us and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoCityMarkets).
City-run markets are listed below.
Independently-run markets are listed at chicagocitymarkets.us.
Schedule is subject to change.
Federal Plaza City Market
50 W. Adams St.
Open through October 27, 7am-2pm
Pullman City Market
11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Open through October 28, 7am–1pm
Roseland City Market
138 W. 109th St.
@ Lavizzo Elementary School
Open through October 28, 2:30–5:30pm
Austin Town Hall City Market ***EXTENDED DATES***
5610 W. Lake St.
Open through October 29, 1–6pm
Division Street City Market
100 W. Division St.
Open through October 31, 7am–12pm
Printers Row City Market
700 S. Dearborn St. < br>Open through October 24, 7am–Noon
West Humboldt Park City Market ***EXTENDED DATES***
in partnership with NHS Chicago
3601 W. Chicago Ave.
Open through October 10, 10am–2pm
Bronzeville City Market ***EXTENDED DATES***
4700 S. King Dr.
Open through September 27, 12–4pm
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
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. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.
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