Visit the World’s First
Fair Trade Museum in Chicago!
Stay tuned! We are looking for a new location in 2024
Come to the Chicago Fair Trade Museum in Lincoln Park to learn the fascinating stories behind the products we use every day
At the Chicago Fair Trade Museum, find out how fair trade provides a people and planet-friendly alternative to exploitative mainstream global trade, and learn about Chicago’s important role in the global labor rights movement. Discover how you can help build a better world by bringing fair trade into your daily life, and shop for beautiful, one-of-a-kind items in our fair trade store!
Interested in volunteering? Sign up here!
How can I donate to the museum?
Thank you so much for your support! You can donate to the museum online or in-person at the Museum.
Chicago Fair Trade is a non-profit and our work is only possible thanks to donations like yours, so we are really grateful for your support.
I’m a Chicagoland teacher. Can I organize a visit for my class or club?
Yes, absolutely! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can help arrange your visit.
What events are happening at the Chicago Fair Trade Museum?
Check our Events page regularly to keep up to date with the special events we have planned.
Are you the same people who run a fair trade Holiday Pop-Up Shop?
Yes, we are! Every year since 2014, Chicago Fair Trade has run a Holiday Pop-Up Shop selling products sold by local fair trade businesses in our member network during November and December. These products are now available in our large Museum Store.
Why has Chicago Fair Trade opened a museum?
Education is one of the three core components of Chicago Fair Trade’s mission. Running a museum is a new and different route to get members of the public interested in and excited about fair trade. For nine years, Chicago Fair Trade has invited the public to shop fair trade at our Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The Museum builds on this work by providing the public with more education and information about the many benefits of fair trade, and other ways to get involved in the fair trade movement aside from purchasing products.
How can I volunteer at the museum?
Thank you for your interest! Please get in touch with us at email@example.com to inquire about volunteer opportunities.