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Community grocery co-op to anchor Uptown’s historic Gerber Building

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The newly restored 1920’s terra-cotta building officially has a tenant

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The last major piece of the $203 million overhaul of the CTA’s Wilson station fell into place on Wednesday with the confirmation that the community-owned Chicago Market grocery cooperative will move into the Uptown station’s restored Gerber Building.

Similar to a farmer’s market, the establishment will offer local, sustainably farmed produce as well as workshops, classes, and live performances. Designed by Chicago-based Wrap Architecture, the 13,000-square-foot space will also contain juice and coffee bars and a dedicated outdoor area for pop-up vendors.

The CTA’s board unanimously approved a 10-year lease for Chicago Market with an option for two 5-year extensions. Interior build-out of the historic 1923 Beaux Arts structure is slated to take about 18 months and create 80 jobs when it opens.

Chicago Market will host an information session on May 12 to discuss the project with Uptown residents. Interested individuals can learn more and RSVP for the event here.

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