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Chicago’s Very First All Vegan Weekly Farmer’s Market Has Returned To Back Of The Yards

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Chicago’s Very First All Vegan Weekly Farmer’s Market Has Returned To Back Of The Yards

Featuring local plant-based chefs, cruelty-free crafters, beer breweries, and conscious body care!

Chicago’s first all-vegan farmer’s market has returned for spring and summer. Operating most Sundays from now through to October, Vegan Paradise will be taking up residence at The Plant in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. Rain or shine the market will be open every Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm with the exception of May 30, July 4, July 11, September 12, and September 19.

The market will be supporting local Chicago businesses and will feature an array of local plant-based chefs, cruelty-free crafters, and conscious body care as well as food from local Illinois farmers!

Vegan Paradise has also partnered with @crueltyfreeyouandme to act as a drop-off site for food donations that benefit @igrowchicago summer camps in Englewood and several other initiatives that provide vegan meals to the community.

Entry is free on the day of the event but attendees will be asked to wait if the market is at full capacity. Donation-based RSVP can guarantee time slots of one-hour entrance times, however.

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The market has implemented various changes to the setup in order to be Covid-19 compliant. Masks are of course required for everybody attending and there will be temperature checks for both vendors and guests at the gate entrance as well as a one-way system to keep a one-directional flow of traffic through the market. This year onsight cooking will also be prohibited, so all fresh food will be cooked before the market rather than on-site.

The Plant is a 100,000 sq. ft. former Peer Foods meatpacking facility now operating as a collaborative community of small food businesses. The Plant currently houses a range of outdoor farms, kombucha and beer breweries, bakeries, cheese distributors, coffee roasters, and other emerging food producers and distributors.