Programs

Green City Market, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the only Chicago farmers' market to provide free resources and educational opportunities about local sustainable issues to shoppers, sprouts, and farmers. We believe that Green City Market and our educational outreach programs are the best way to achieve a sustainable future. Our mission is to make quality, healthy, delicious food available for families, restaurants, schools, and healthcare facilities.


  • Compost and Recycling Program

    At the MarketThe green “Compost Center” tent, located in the center of the outdoor market, is Green City Market’s centralized waste disposal area. The tent is staffed to help market-goers sort their waste, and to ensure the compost and recycling streams are uncontaminated.Why aren’t there more trash cans around the market?A centralized waste disposal area ensures an effective composting and recycling program by allowing us to monitor the sorting area and avoid contamination. Green …

  • Green City Market Cost Comparison

    Green City Market and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Management teamed up to create a comparative cost study of market products. The study found that Green City Market prices are comparable to and often lower than prices for items of similar quality at other locations. The study also explains a bit about why you might expect to pay higher prices at Green City Market than at some grocery stores. Green City Market Cost Comparison

  • The Edible Gardens

    The Edible Gardens are located in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo.  Open to the public April 1, 2015 through November 11, 2015.  April: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm  May through October: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am-1pm  November: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm   The Edible Gardens program at Green City Market provides hands-on gardening education and activities to children, adults, and school groups. For general inquiries or …

  • Club Sprouts

    Green City Market encourages young people to try new, locally grown sustainable foods with Club Sprouts.  At every market, children are given the opportunity to taste a different market item. Those who sample one of the tastes receives a stamp on their Club Sprouts membership card. Once the card is filled with 8 tastes, the child takes home a certificate of accomplishment and a special prize. Tastings are available at the Club Sprouts tent every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am until 12:00pm. …

  • Heirloom and Heritage Preservation Project

    The Heritage and Heirloom Preservation Project promotes heirloom and heritage products through signage at farmer stands and incorporation into all GCM programs.Green City Market works with its Market vendors to help preserve and promote heirloom varieties of vegetables and fruits and heritage breeds of animals – the foods our ancestors enjoyed for centuries. Over decades these products have adapted to local environmental conditions and are often better able to withstand disease and harsh environmental …

  • Field Trips

    Join Green City Market for a Field Trip!Field trips with Green City Market are relevant for school groups, summer camps, and more!  And it's not just for grade school or high school kids, we do "field trips" for a variety of groups - adults too!  Field Trips include a hands-on gardening activity in The Edible Gardens and a guided Tour of the Green City Market.* Hands-on activities in The Edible Gardens can include direct seeding, thinning seedlings, transplanting, weeding, …

  • Chef Demonstrations

    A Green City Market favorite.  Chefs from the finest restaurants in the city demonstrate how to prepare meals using locally produced, seasonal ingredients from our market farmers and producers.  During the outdoor market, chef demonstrations take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Chef demos are free and seating/standing room is first come, first served. Details on chef demonstration information is sent out in our weekly e-newsletter -- click here to subscribe.

  • Farmer Scholarship Program

    Thanks to our generous donors Green City Market is able to offer educational scholarships to GCM farmers/vendors.  The eligible educational opportunities have been expanded to include all regional conferences and workshops and any educational programs offered by local extension offices. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to those who wish to increase their understanding of sustainable growing practices or obtain 3rd party certification for their farms. Scholarship …

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Locations & hours
May through October (Outdoors)
Lincoln Park
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
Fulton
Saturdays, 8am–1:30pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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