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Shop Local: Chicago, Illinois

A list of great resources, shops, services, businesses, communities, and other things that can help make living green a little easier and more fun for families living in and around Chicago, IL.

Often, the services or small business ship, so if you see something you really love ask. And, as always, send us your suggestions.


Green general stores & miscellaneous

Greenheart carries both fair trade and eco friendly products and hosts regular events. 1714 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614, 312-264-1625

Newleaf  is a source of CSA boxes, groceries, & sandwiches to those in Chicago’s north.

Find a Farmer’s Market near you or a CSA (farm box) that delivers in your neighbourhood, or other family-farming information at


Green baby stores

Bellybum Boutique / The Sensory Kids Store offers toys, specialty items for special kids, clothing, classes, and educational events. Wilmette, Illinois, 847-920-4708. Mention “The Green Mama” for 10% off your first purchase, excluding cloth diapers and classes.

Green Genes carries unique & green children’s clothes, toys, & products, with many local artisans represented.  5111 N. Clark St., 773.944.9250. mention “The Green Mama” to receive 10% off your purchase.

Be By Baby offers attachment parenting items & classes. 1654 W. Roscoe St., 773.404.2229.


You can EAT green in Chicago

Here is a little help for greening your restaurant, business, or life in Chicago from Buy Green Chicago.

Local Foods Grocer & Distributor is Chicago’s first wholesale distributor and retailer of strictly local foods from the Midwest’s finest farmers.

Organic meals delivered to your child’s school or to your home by Gourmet Gorilla. 866 226 8460

There are 20 restaurants in Chicago that have won the Guaranteed Green seal of approval for sustainability practices. Check them out. A few of my favourites include FarmHouse, Uncommon Ground, and the Heartland.

You can also send your child to a green daycare

The Little Green Treehouse is one of the country’s greenest daycares: from the organic food they serve to the natural toys and organic furnishings. Afterall, they got help from The Green Mama, so nothing was overlooked.


You can work green in Chicago

Foresight Design provides insights, opportunities, and job connections for a bright and durable future.


You can have a natural birth in Chicago

Jo Anne Lindberg MEd ABT is the President & Founder of BirthLink – Childbirth & Family Wellness and Five Element Shiatsu. She is a resource for helping prepare for birth, recover from birth, and find community and practicioners to meet your birthing and new baby needs. Evanston, IL  60201   847-733-8050

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