Marketplace Kiosks: 65 East Riverwalk South
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
Chicago Riverwalk Community Marketplace
65 East Riverwalk South between Michigan and Wabash
Grand Opening Celebration 2019
Welcome to the new Community Marketplace on the Chicago Riverwalk! The intention of the program is to allow small, neighborhood businesses an opportunity to get exposure to the high number of Riverwalk visitors and inspire visits to neighborhood locations.
The Community Marketplace is located on the Chicago Riverwalk between Michigan Avenue and Wabash, between the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum and O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café. Funding for the new Community Marketplace was included in the $12 million of improvements made on the older portion of the Riverwalk under the Mayor Emanuel administration in 2018-2019.
In fall 2018 the City of Chicago issued a Request of Qualifications in order to provide opportunities to businesses offering concession services reflective of the cultural diversity and neighborhoods of the City of Chicago on the Chicago Riverwalk. In conjunction with active Chambers of Commerce and other organizations which support small businesses, four workshops were held in the Austin, Englewood, Little Village and Bronzeville communities. Qualifications packages received last fall were reviewed by an evaluation committee. Twenty-three vendors were deemed qualified and licensed as eligible to operate on the Chicago Riverwalk. From the pool of qualified vendors, proposals to operate for the 2019 season were reviewed by an evaluation committee.
Seven vendors were selected for the seven available kiosks in the new Community Marketplace and one vendor will operate from a mobile cart. Another vendor will occupy a Riverwalk location previously used for security and janitorial services on the Chicago Riverwalk.
COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE VENDORS
SHOP SMALL CHICAGO Representing the makers and artisans from multiple Communities of Chicago.
Visit us at shopsmallchicago
Shop Small Chicago on the Chicago Riverwalk welcomes visitors to shop accessories, apparel & home decor designed by Chicago's most unique brands! Our highly curated kiosk includes quality products developed by local artists and designers in studios located across Chicago's neighborhoods. New artists, brands and products will be featured throughout the season. Join us for Tuesday Trunk Shows to meet and shop with the artists and designers check the Riverwalk website for dates. If you are a Chicago-based creative business and would like to partner with us, the Call for Chicago brands is open through the season.
NEIGHBORLY: Representing the Wicker Park community of Chicago. Visit us at 1909 W. Division St
Neighborly is an ethically sourced home, art, and gift boutique, also offering a large collection of Chicago-themed products. It just recently relocated to the Wicker Park neighborhood, it was previously located in the Ravenswood neighborhood. True to its name, Neighborly is woven into the artisan community in Chicago, sourcing products from over 60 local craftspeople, like ceramicists, woodworkers, and printmakers, as well as using local manufacturers to make its own line of Chicago-themed products. The style of products found at Neighborly follows the principles of the Midcentury Modern era, in step with the Modern style that permeates Chicago architecture unlike any other city.
Visitors to Neighborly's outpost at the Chicago Riverwalk will find a collection of its most popular locally made products alongside its Chicago-themed goods.
BATTER AND BERRIES: Representing the Lincoln Park community of Chicago. Closed for the season.
Visit us at 2748 N. Lincoln Avenue
Established in 2012 by Dr. Tanya & Craig Richardson, who had a desire to add an eclectic, world class restaurant to the vibrant Chicago brunch scene. The idea was simple: offer the freshest food possible with flavors that people would come from all over the world to experience and want to come back for more. Always a supporter of community and local businesses, we have taken the idea to the next level with cultivated partnerships. We’ve collaborated with several local artisans, craftspeople and purveyors to provide a uniquely Chicago dining experience.
JUSTICE OF THE PIES: Representing the West Garfield Park community of Chicago.
Visit us at www.justiceofthepies.com
Justice of the Pies is a bakery that specializes in sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts. The company was founded in 2014 in honor of Maya-Camille’s Dad, Steve Broussard. The elder was a criminal defense attorney with a hobby for baking pies. Justice of the Pies was created to celebrate his love of pies and to honor his belief that people deserve second chances.
Based out of the East Garfield neighborhood, Justice of the Pies activates workshops crafted for youths residing in lower-income neighborhoods that are impacted by a lack of access to healthy food choices. The “I KNEAD LOVE WORKSHOP” provides culinary instruction, nutritional development, and allows the kids to exercise their creative muscles in the kitchen.
At the Chicago Riverwalk Marketplace, Justice of the Pies offers savory pot pies, seasonal quiches, and an array of sweet pies.
CHIYA CHAI CAFE: Representing the Logan Square community of Chicago.
Visit us at 2770 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chiya Chai is a unique chai-focused café located in the vibrant Logan Square neighborhood. With more than 150 different combinations of Chai, Chiya Chai has one of the most expansive Chai menus in the entire world. Along with Chai, Chiya Chai offers ethically sourced delicious food that come from countries closely associated with the history and culture of chai such as savory pies from Great Britain, curry and other dishes from India and dumplings from China and Nepal, where the owners are from. As a community marketplace participant on the Riverwalk, Chiya Chai will offer a sampling of its menu including some of its most popular Chai flavors, curry bowls, curry tacos and savory pies. Chiya Chai’s presence on the Riverwalk will provide Riverwalk visitors with a taste of Chicago’s diverse culture and neighborhood businesses.
TWISTED EGGROLL: Representing the Hyde Park community of Chicago.
Twisted Eggroll is a catering service that approaches the thought of the traditional eggroll with an infused spin; with options such as philly steak, buffalo chicken, and apple cheesecake. Chicago is known for its food and this is a tasty, fun, and new concept that will have Chicago buzzing. Twisted Eggroll understands that the purpose of the Chicago Riverwalk is to integrate small businesses into the community and amicably grow together supporting a diverse and inclusive Chicago community. Curiosity is a driving force. Whether our concept sounds weird or amazing we are sure you are intrigued; so head down to check out our flavor of the month! Your palate will thank you.
GORDO'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM: Representing the Edgewater and Printers Row communities of Chicago.
Visit us at 1120 W. Granville and 729 S. Dearborn
Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars are Chicago, born and bred! Handcrafted in small batches every day in our store located only blocks from the Riverwalk, each Gordo's Bar nods to Chicago's rich Hispanic heritage and tradition of paleta carts. Gordo's motto of "Pick. Dip. Sprinkle" is on display every day on the Riverwalk, where we feature our bestselling bars, featuring vegan-friendly Horchata bars, as well as favorites such as Oreo, Mint Chip, Dark Chocolate, and many others. Gordo's is a neighborhood ice cream/paleta shop, LGBTQ and family-owned, proud to be representing Chicago on the Riverwalk."
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