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Chicago Food Deserts

Whole Foods Plans To Open Store In Englewood

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

A Whole Foods Market is coming to Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, bringing with it roughly 100 jobs and the hope of erasing the area's reputation as...

City Council OKs Outdoor Fruit, Vegetable Stands

Posted 06.07.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to legalize roadside, outdoor produce stands. The Mayor Rahm Emanuel-introduced ordinance wil...

Reports: Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

With First Lady Michelle Obama slated to appear in Chicago Tuesday for a fundraising event focused on addressing the city's food desert problem, a lea...

Want A Picture With The First Lady? It'll Cost You $10,000

Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Chicago next week to address the city's food desert problem--and also to raise money for husband's reelection bid...

The Must-Have School Supply for Girls: Educational Access

K. Sujata | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Back-to-school chatter is already building in Chicago. However, in the discussion of education reform and politicking, one facet is missing: access.

Will Guzzardi

PHOTOS: Grocery Store On Wheels Offers A Fresh Take On Food Deserts

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

In a move that exemplified Rahm Emanuel's approach to Chicago's most intractable problems, the city's new mayor sat down on Wednesday with the leaders...

The Fight Over Food Deserts -- Corporate America Smacks Its Way Down

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Eric Holt Gimenez

Behind Walmart's high profile donations to fight hunger, there is a decidedly less charitable story that is repeating itself throughout corporate America.

Drugstores Bringing Fresh Produce To Chicago's Underserved Communities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CVS and Walgreens are increasing their stocks of fresh produce in the vast areas of Chicago with no grocery stores. Fruits, vegetables, prepared meal...

Will Allen's Growing Power Brings Urban Farms To Inner Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Through the nonprofit organization he founded, agriculturalist Will Allen has dedicated himself to creating sustainable community farms in urban areas...

A Fresh Oasis Thrives In A Chicago Food Desert

Chicago News Cooperative | RACHEL CROMIDAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Willie Montgomery and his well-worn Ford Crown Victoria have become an unlikely sign of progress in solving Chicago's long-standing problem of so-call...

Latino Firm Opening Supermarket In Food Desert

Chicago Public Radio | Chip Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Latino-led private-equity firm has agreed to open a supermarket in a Chicago area that's been labeled a food desert....

Food, Retail Deserts Cause South Siders To Spend Billions In Other Areas

Chicago Public Radio | Natalie Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

South Side of Chicago residents are forced to spend billions of dollars each year outside of their communities. There are few restaurants or retail sh...

Chicago's Green Food Resolution Advances

Wesley Epplin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Wesley Epplin

Chicago is even closer to beating out the likes of New York and San Francisco in officially resolving to help both the the planet and their citizens by encouraging more sustainable, healthier food options.

We're Mad and We're Not Going to Take it Anymore

Ald. Howard Brookins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ald. Howard Brookins

Many of our neighborhoods are suffering in food deserts and increasing violence, yet we are slamming our doors to the one food retailer who is ready to invest in our poorest neighborhoods without asking for any financial incentives?

It's Not That Easy Being Green

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

African Americans, on average, travel twice as far to reach a mainstream grocery store as they do a fast food restaurant and more are likely to suffer and die prematurely from diet-related diseases.

Food Deserts, Unemployment Could Give Wal-Mart And Daley An Opening

Chicago Sun-Times | Laura Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's called kicking the can down the road. In 2006, Mayor Richard M. Daley took a political hit that still reverberates today. The Service Employee In...

Bronzeville Getting New Supermarket, Relief For 'Food Desert'

Chi-Town Daily News | LINDSEY REISER AND LEAH WESTFALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

{P]arts of the South Side, including Bronzeville, have been labeled "food deserts" because of the lack of supermarkets and other food sources. But t...

Fast, Cheap and Easy: How Fringe Food Hurts Public Health When it's the Only Choice

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

We consider a mainstream grocery store a place where you can support a healthy diet on a regular basis. A fringe food location is the opposite; it is not inherently bad, but when it's the primary food source, local diets and public health suffer.

The Organic Color Line

The Chicago Reporter | Kelly Virella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On a one-acre vegetable farm in Chicago, a bearded, 6 foot, 3 inch-tall black man squats before a bed of green, leafy radishes. Unlike most produce, t...

The Hidden Treasure of Organic Food ... For Some of Us

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

Grocery stores are pretty sparse in Auburn Gresham, where I live, and many other predominantly black communities on Chicago's South Side.

Grocer, Can You Make a Profit?

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

We spend billions of dollars in this country treating diseases that could be moderated or prevented by better and healthier food access and choice. A great number of these treatments are for the uninsured and take place in the emergency room. This is not cost-effective.

Brother, Can You Spare an Apple?

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

Can the market do well by doing some good? Why not? In Chicago alone we have identified a half-million-plus people who live in a Food Desert with no or distant grocery stores but nearby access to fast food.