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The Dill Pickle Block Party returns to Logan Square this weekend with food, local vendors and giveaways

LOGAN SQUARE: Dill Pickle Food Co-Op’s block party returns this weekend after a five-year hiatus.

The family party is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. outside the Co-op grocery store at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There will be food, products from local vendors, giveaways, a raffle, songs by DJ Chi, a mural installation and a “kids corner” to promote 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 hosting 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 grocery store on Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square, selling locally grown produce and other food products 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 in large part by co-op members.

But Dill Pickle was on the brink of closure as recently as last year after it was revealed the store was in financial trouble. The fight 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 remains shaky.

Dill Pickle is Chicago’s only co-op grocery store.

“It’s been a tough few years for local businesses and we’re very excited to be able to put on this event together with our neighbors and the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce,” CEO I’Talia McCarthy said in a press release. “Let’s support each other and all our fellow small businesses in Logan Square. Keep your dollars local.”

For more information on the blog party, go here.

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