Local Calendar 12/12/12 An Auspicious Day! The Holidays Are Here, Make Time To Get To The Markets!

December 12, 2012 at 9:51 am


The holidays are upon us. If you are having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit, try going to The Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoolights, they will put the holiday cheer into anyone and don’t forget to get to the farmers’ markets as well! All sorts of new things in the air, for Peapod customers who have placed at least 3 orders, they have access to an exclusive Best of Green City Market box. If you have a hard time getting to the Green City Market, the market comes to you. If you aren’t a Peapod customer you can still have local delivered to your door step by ordering a Green City brunch box or a bloody mary box, but you have to order them today! Here is a link to the Brunch box and Bloody Mary box, delivery dates are Friday 12/21, Saturday 12/22, and Friday 12/28, Saturday 12/29.

We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well. Now on to the week ahead, Bizarre food tales from Graze magazine, Hideout holiday saleand the farmers’ markets!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details. You can order your holiday ham from Gunthorp Farms cured and smoked!

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. Here is a link to their blog of “the best things our staff ate and drank in 2012“.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

Ongoing – Jane Addams Hull House “Unfinished Business 21st Century Home Economics” Exhibit

December 12

Chicago - Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant - Seasonal farm to table tasting menu $49 161 N. Jefferson

December 13

Chicago - C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 30% off  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive Spark of the Heart Soups will be there. I tried there vegan/gluten-free cuban style black beans and rice, really good and fool proof! They are a small family-run business that makes naturally vegan and gluten free dried mixes that come complete and are easy to prepare.

Glenview - Wagner Farm Environmental Fair – 1510 Wagner Road – 7pm Read Assistant Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann’s coverage of it here.

December 14

Chicago – Faith In Place Open House – 4pm-6:30pm 70 East Lake St. Ste. 920

December 15

Chicago – Green City Market - No market back next week!

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. Say hello to Axel Erk of Penny Pastries! At 10:30am, join in the cookie decorating, brought to you by Urban Village Church! At 11:30am, join in the live holiday music and caroling, brought to you by friends of the Market! All singers and singer wannabees are welcome to participate!

New!! Chicago – Faith In Place Indoor Market – Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 9am – 1pm 2010 E. 79th St.

Chicago - Please join The Experimental Station between 6-10pm for the release of the graphic novel Chinatown, the first book published by the Sun Bros. In addition to offering Chinatown for sale, the event will feature a reception with hors d’œuvres from Chicago’s Chinatown, a gallery preview of future Sun Bros artwork and projects, “crazy good” Chinese pop music, and a chance to meet the authors/artists behind the book.

Chicago –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork

Chicago -Logan Square - Holiday Bizarre: A Story Slam Featuring Festive Food Fiascoes 8pm – 11pm 2385 N. Milwaukee Gaslight Coffee Roasters Join Graze magazine for a free, BYOB story slam! Five-minute tales of kitchen woes will be shared; Letherbee, Gaslight, and Paper Moon Pastry will provide food and drinks.

Chicago – Pastoral Artisan Holiday Wine Gala – 53 East Lake St. 6:30pm – 8pm $5 at the door and goes to your purchase.

Elgin - Elgin Farmers’ Market @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 North State Street, 9Am-3PM-Every Saturday Open All Year Long

Evanston – Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013. Spark of the Heart Soups and Sides will be there.

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place)

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

December 16

Beverly - C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Chicago – Portage Park Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market – 10am – 2pm Portage Park Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee

New!! Chicago – Andersonville Indoor Market – First Free Church 11:30am – 2pm 5255 N. Ashland at Berwyn

New!! Chicago – WeFarm Shindig at The Rib Cage – Peace, Goodwill, Good Food and How to Change a Bike Tire! 3036 North Lincoln 3B 6-10pm $15 bringing a dish to share $25 bringing yourself

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

December 17

Chicago - Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock & Roll 6-8pm 20 E. Chestnut - Indulge in modern interpretations of the classic French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël. Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert. Benefits Share Our Strength Tickets $35

Chicago – JustLabelIt – Food and Water Watch Campaign and informational meeting – 6:30pm SandwichMeIn – 3037 North Clark St.

December 18

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted

Chicago - The Hideout Annual Holiday Sale - 6pm-9pm  1354 West Wabansia Each year The Hideout invites a number of talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected as they have had at least 100 patrons come through on each night in past years.


December 19

Chicago – Ms. Mint returns for a mini-Bazaar at Uncommon Ground Clark 3800 North Clark St. – 5-9:30pm An opportunity to buy last minute gifts for your friends and family, all impeccably sourced by Kate Gross, Ms. Mint.

Happy New Year 2013!!!

January 12

Oak Park – The Sugar Beet Co-op Membership Kick-off Party & Winter’s Eve Market  7- 10 pm Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park They’re planning a magical, candle lit evening at historic Unity Temple and hope you’ll join them to learn more about the co-op, shop from local vendors, and celebrate the accomplishments of our growing organization. Enjoy wine & beer, snacks, and live jazz while we watch Sugar Beet Home Movies together. You might be in the film reel! They will be offering memberships, outlining plans for the next year, and are eager to learn more about YOUR vision for The Sugar Beet Co-op. $20 per person will cover 3 drink tickets (21 and over), seasonal snacks, and a cozy evening in a beautiful place, surrounded by your new friends at The Sugar Beet Co-op.

March 14-16 Good Food Festival 2013!!!! The festival bringing good food and farmers to Chicago!

Pinot Days - Saturday April 20th Navy Pier 2-5pm

Whiskyfest Friday April 26 – It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!



  1. Robin Schirmer says:

    There’s an indoor market in Andersonville on Sunday (16th) too! It’s 11:30 to 2:00 at First Free Church, at the corner of Ashland & Berwyn, just north of Foster.

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