The Dill Pickle: A Driver for Change in the Fair Trade Food Movement

This is a guest post written by Carolyn Stypka, an aspiring macro social worker and sustainable foods enthusiast. Carolyn is passionate about spreading the message of how we can take control of how we feed our bodies, while also protecting the entire community, peoples, and the earth. Having lived and worked in southern Japan, having spent time on a small organic farm, and having worked in housekeeping at a remote mountain village in the Northern Cascades, she is well equipped to explore how fair trade can relate to our food systems here in Chicago.  A model of…Read more

5 reasons you won’t want to miss World Fair Trade Day at Daley Plaza

Our annual World Fair Trade Day festival is just over a week away, and we hope to see you there! This 2-day festival and international marketplace will take place on May 4th and 5th from 9 am to 6 pm at Daley Plaza, in the heart of downtown Chicago. Still not sure whether or not you’ll be able to make it? Check out our list of 5 reasons this is an event you DO NOT want to miss...  It’s the biggest fair trade festival in the USA! That’s right, Chicago’s at the epicenter…Read more
2nd Student Summit Invigorates Leaders of Fair Trade & Sweatfree Movements at Area Universities

2nd Student Summit Invigorates Leaders of Fair Trade & Sweatfree Movements at Area Universities

This is a guest post written by CFT volunteer Anne Debertin. All photos were also taken by Ann Debertin. On a mild January afternoon, I joined 20 students from Chicago-area Universities in the cozy Greenheart Center basement for an afternoon of discussion about how we can contribute to the fair trade movement as consumers, advocates, and students. Students often charge in pursuit of their degree with blinders to the surrounding world, gunning for the top job in the industry, but this summit brought together a community of students who had refused these blinders and instead use their…Read more

How does my donation at Globalfest affect artisans & producers in Asia?

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you might have noticed that we’ve been sharing photos and stories of a few of the talented artisans working with our member businesses to craft their product lines. Supporting artisans and makers is at the heart of what we do here at CFT. We are always working to find new ways to support our business members - sharing their stories with our networks, giving them opportunities to sell their products at markets & our holiday pop-up shop, connecting them with mentors, business consultants, and services which…Read more

6 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Globalfest

Chicago Fair Trade’s annual fundraiser, Globalfest, is coming up on Friday, October 16th, at Open Secret Studio (401 N Racine). On the fence about whether or not you’ll attend? We think this list will convince you to buy a ticket.   Fair Spirits will be there, serving exclusive signature fair trade cocktails created by our Instagram followers! Keep an eye on our Instagram page to see whose drinks will be chosen! (Plus: fair trade and organic wine and local beer, fresh squeezed juices from Belli's Juicebar, and sparkling honey water from WestSide Bee…Read more
Join us for World Fair Trade Day at Daley Plaza

Join us for World Fair Trade Day at Daley Plaza

Chicago Fair Trade's annual World Fair Trade Day celebration will take place May 6th and 7th at Daley Plaza. An open-air market will feature products sold by 25 locally-owned ethical vendors. Join us on May 6 for a live noon-time broadcast of WBEZ's popular Worldview program from the square! Host Jerome McDonald will be speaking with fair trade business owners and local conscious consumers - come observe the recording, or join in the discussion! Come by and shop from some of Chicagoland's greatest locally-owned, ethical vendors, including Mata Traders, Malia Designs, and MayaWorks! We'll also have…Read more