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Our very own Dill Pickle Food Coop in Logan Square was named first runner up for best local grocer in the Chicago Reader’s annual ‘Best Of’ Edition.  Flashback to our dreaming about a coop in Chicago here, its design here, and opening here.

At long last, the Dill Pickle Food Coop is open for business at 3039 West Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square.  Join us at the grand opening celebration this Saturday, December 12, 11:30a and on.  We will be on stage to deliver some words of encouragement to our fellow picklers around 1:15p.  See you then!

UPDATE 12/11:  While I’m flattered to be designated owner, I am only 1/540th of the management team, however.  It got fixed.  Check us out in Timeout Chicago here.

The shelves are being stocked and final inspection is mere days away (see update below).  Good food coming to Chicago soon NOW!

UPDATE: We have passed our final building inspection!!!  Opening imminent!  Celebration ensues.

radioLaura and I will be interviewed tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 at 10:20a-11:20a to discuss our Dill Pickle Food Coop project on Vocalo Public Radio, 89.5FM in Chicago.  You can catch it on the airwaves at 89.5FM in Chicago or online at vocalo.orgWe will post the audio to our site if you miss it. Here is the audio (skip ahead to 35:05)

dp51The bike parking at the Dill Pickle has quadrupled this week, the bike racks have been installed!  We have also finished the installation of the vintage-door-vestibule-window (see where the doors were before, below), reclaimed floor and wall tile (check out the groovy flower print in the center of the tiles) and storefront door from the Rebuilding Exchange.  Final inspections are scheduled for this week, so keep your fingers crossed! Photos after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

dplogoWe are closing in on completion of the Dill Pickle Food Coop.  Drywall has been hung, ductwork is in, reclaimed glass doors are installed, and painting to be completed this week.  Storefront window and door are scheduled for delivery next week.  Latest photos after the jump.  New to moss’ food initiative?  Read more here and here.

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milw_porch01After completing the artist loft spaces on Milwaukee Avenue, we have been asked to reconstruct the currently dilapidated rear exit porch and stair.  However, instead of reconstructing the stair only to serve the purpose of an emergency exit and, what will certainly become, a tenant storage annex, we thought, ‘What else could it be?’.  One the the reasons many rear porches end up as overflow storage for residents is because Chicago porches are not particularly inviting places to spend time.  They are only designed for the one purpose of exiting, and stairwells tend not to conjure up thoughts of a welcoming space.  This isn’t to say that utilitarian spaces can’t be beautiful, however, in this case, they aren’t.  Read the rest of this entry »

The avocado green paint has been removed from the masonry, walls are starting to be framed, rough plumbing is being routed, and insulation has been blown into the ceiling.  Photos after the jump.

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milwaukeelofts_currentphotoInterior work is complete at the artists’ lofts in Logan Square.  Photos after the jump.  Next up, rehab of the back porch into sky gardens.

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dplogoWe were approved for permit last week!  Construction is slated to begin next week.  Stay up to date right here.

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