Local Partners and Resources

Manufacturing Renaissance

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Regional, National and International Resources

Ohio Employee Ownership Center

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives

American Worker Cooperatives

National Employee Ownership Center

The Democracy Collaborative

North American Students of Cooperation

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producer Cooperatives - CICOPA

Chicago Area Cooperatives and Democratic Workplaces

The following are examples of local businesses using a cooperative model of ownership.

Cafe Chicago

Café Chicago is a worker-made, worker-run cooperative that roasts, packages, and distributes great tasting, fair trade, organic coffee in the Chicago area.

Comrade Cycles

Worker-Owned full service bicycle shop located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood.  They believe in creating a positive work environment which in turn becomes evident in superior customer service and quality work.

Dill Pickle Food Cooperative

Dill Pickle Food Co-op offers healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world. Dill Pickle is owned and governed by its member-owners who annually elect a 9-member board of directors to oversee activity and set policy.

New Era Windows

New Era Windows was created in 2012 by the former employees of a closed window manufacturing company.  The cooperative makes high quality double-hung, vinyl windows at its plant in on Chicago's southwest side.

Salsedo Press

Founded in 1969, Salsedo Press provides quality offset printing specializing in medium to long run 1, 2 and 4 color printing.  Salsedo Press is a Union Shop, worker-owned, and a City of Chicago certified Minority Business Enterprise

Seminary Bookstore Cooperative

Founded in 1961 by 17 book lovers who invested $10 each, this member-owned bookstore has well over 150,000 titles ranging widely across the humanities & social sciences. The flagship store on Woodlawn Avenue is widely regarded as one of the best academic bookstores in the world.  their mission is to serve the diverse reading needs of the University and Hyde Park communities.

South Suburban Food Cooperative

The SSFC is a membership-owned food co-op that was formed in 1974 for the purpose of providing nutritious, high quality foods and products for the lowest possible prices for its members. Our co-op supports local farmers that practice organic and transitional food raising practices as a way to ensure the procurement of quality foods for building and maintaining optimal health for ourselves and our planet.

SAGE Health Collective

We are four individuals who have dedicated our lives to social justice, community building, and healing. In Fall 2010, we came together to create a sustainable wellness center dedicated to the holistic well being of our community.

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