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 Drop Off & Waste Reduction

    Green City Market is committed to creating a more sustainable Chicago by diverting waste headed for landfills. We partner with Healthy Soil Compost to process the local, organic waste produced at the market back into nutrient-rich energy for increasing soil health and community urban farming. By composting and recycling, we reduced our waste at markets from approximately thirty garbage bins per day to just six! Green City Market Home Compost Drop-Off *Now …

  • Illinois Link Card and SNAP Benefits Program

    Shop Local Fresh Foods using Illinois Link or SNAP BenefitsAll Green City Market locations accept Link Card and SNAP Benefits.Use your Link card at Green City Market and receive extra money to spend with our local farmers! Green City strives to enhance access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food to all members of our community by matching the value of Link benefits dollar-for-dollar (up to $15 per card, per market day) to spend at the market. By making benefit dollars go farther, Green …

  • Edible Education & Healthy Food for Kids

    Your favorite farmers market is coming to a school near you! Green City Market is excited to announce the launch of its Edible Education program in two Chicago schools: Manierre School and DePaul College Prep. GCM is providing weekly hands-on lessons in the kitchen and garden to 50 students in grades 6-12. Edible Education help kids connect school subjects to cooking and gardening. Our program is inspired by the Edible Schoolyard Project created by renowned Chef Alice Waters.We're asking the GCM …

  • Ask the Chef

    Open Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9:30-12:00pm at GCM Lincoln ParkThe Ask the Chef tent is a new market education initiative at Green City Market led by Chef Educator Lisa Kalabokis. At the tent, market shoppers can stop by, ask questions, and get tips and tricks on how to prepare their items, along with recipe ideas. The goal of the program is to help shoppers make the most of their market experience. The Ask the Chef program complements GCM's Chef Demos but is more conversational in nature, …

  • Yoga at the Market

    Experience yoga outdoors at Green City Market Lincoln Park and West Loop! Yoga classes are offered every market day throughout June - September from 8-9am. These classes are bring your own mat, drop-in style with a suggested donation of $5 per class. All classes are weather permitting. Classes are subject to cancel if there is rain or the temperature is below 60 degrees. Follow us on social media for updates on class cancellations. Thank you to our yoga sponsors!Yoga Six - GCM Lincoln …

  • Edible Gardens & Community Education

    A Partnership between Green City Market & Lincoln Park ZooAs Green City Market’s primary educational outreach program, The Edible Gardens’ mission is to connect children with their food hands-on, and to ensure that families have the knowledge, experience, and inspiration to help support a sustainable food system.Jeanne Pinsof Nolan created and planted the Edible Gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo in the spring of 2005 at the request of Green City Market founder …

  • Club Sprouts

    Teaching Kids About Sustainable Food in ChicagoGreen 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 an in-season 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.The Club Sprouts table also offers fun, seasonal activities …

  • Savor the Seasons & Try Seasonal Produce

    If you’ve ever tried to buy sweet corn in the winter or had a craving for butternut squash in the summer, you know that many fruits and vegetables are seasonal. While your local grocery store may carry most fruits and veggies year-round, many of these items have been shipped to the Midwest from all around the world, meaning that they have traveled long distances, losing their freshness and expending significant amounts of energy. It is safe to say that produce grown by our local farmers and …

  • Field Trips

    Join Green City Market for a Field Trip!Field trips with Green City Market are a great opportunity 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, …

  • Celebrity Chef Demonstrations & Cooking Lessons

    A Green City Market favorite! Top Chicago area chefs demonstrate recipes using seasonal and sustainable ingredients from market vendors, providing inspiration and guidance for how to cook with market ingredients in their own homes. Chef Demonstrations take place at all of our markets at 10:30am. See our calendar for a full list of scheduled demos, market activities, and more. Chef Demos are free and seating/standing room is first come, first served. During the Indoor Market, Chef Demonstrations …

  • 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
N. Clark St & N. Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am–1pm
June through October (Outdoors)
West Loop, Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St
Saturdays, 8am–1pm
November through April (Indoors)
Peggy Notebaert Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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2613 W. Lawrence Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 880-1266

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