Logan Square co-op brings together thousands, creates vibrant food community

Chicago Scene

Are you looking for a grocery store that specializes in locally grown products? Perhaps you’re looking for a more community-oriented atmosphere rather than a big box experience?

Dill Pickle Co-Op has flourished in Logan Square with equitable economic relationships and a focus on a positive environmental impact and inclusive practices.

International Cooperative Alliance defines a co-op as: “A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”

Dill Pickle Co-Op at the Logan Square Farmers Market

The guidelines by which co-ops around the world use are the cooperative principles.

  1. Voluntary and open membership.
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Co-operation among co-operatives
  7. Concern for community

Part of the success of Dill Pickle Co-op is its location. Located on Milwaukee Ave and the Logan Square Blue Line stop, it serves those seven values on a daily basis.

“We feel compelled as pioneers for the Chicago co-op culture,” Marketing Manager David Nobel said. “The exciting news is that we have start-up coming with Chicago Market coming to Uptown, Wild Onion in Rodges Park, South Side Co-Op is on the South Side of Chicago, Praire Co-Op is going to be in Lombard, Illinois. And we can’t forget Sugar Beet in Oak Park. We currently are the only ones in the city of Chicago.”

To lean more about their values and shopping experience, click here.

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