LOGAN SQUARE — Dill Pickle Food Co-Op’s block party is back this weekend after a five-year hiatus.
The family-friendly fest is set for noon-5 p.m. Saturday outside of the co-op grocery store at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave.
There will be food, products from local vendors, giveaways, a raffle, tunes by DJ Chi, a mural installation and a “children’s corner” promoting Dill Pickle’s Co+op Explorer program.
The vendor lineup includes The Simple Good, Alaffia, Divvy Bikes, Square Roots, Right Bee Cider, Palenque LSNA, The Gilty Pig, Cherubs Cafe, Underground Meats, Mercato, Too Good To Go and The Logan Theatre.
Dill Pickle is putting on the event in partnership with the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce. It’s the grocery store’s first block party in five years.
Dill Pickle opened in 2009 as a small co-op grocer on Logan Square’s Fullerton Avenue, selling locally grown produce and other food products sourced from small brands and farms. After years of success, Dill Pickle moved to a much larger location on Milwaukee Avenue in 2017. The new store was funded largely by the co-op’s members.
But Dill Pickle was on the brink of closure as recently as last year after it was revealed the store was in financial distress. The struggle to stay open came amid a union fight, during which employees accused managers of treating them unfairly.
Last year, Dill Pickle leaders raised $600,000 to save the store, but the co-op’s financial situation is still shaky.
Dill Pickle is the only co-op grocery store in Chicago.
“It’s been a difficult few years for local businesses and we are extremely excited to put on this event in conjunction with our neighbors and the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce,” general manager I’Talia McCarthy said in a news release. “Let’s support one another and all of our fellow small businesses in Logan Square. Keep your dollars local.”
For more information about the block party, go here.
Listen to “It’s All Good: A Block Club Chicago Podcast”: