All Nourishing Hope programs and operations will be CLOSED Saturday, June 17 – Monday, June 19 for Juneteenth. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Todos los programas de Nourishing Hope estarán CERRADOS sábado 17 de Junio a lunes 19 de Junio por el Día de la Emancipación. Lo sentimos por la inconveniencia.

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El Mercadito


A Location For the West Side

El Mercadito, a partnership between La Casa Norte and Nourishing Hope, serves Chicago residents struggling with hunger. The partnership between the two organizations is an innovative collaboration created from the mutual belief that basic human needs must be met before the cycle of poverty can be broken.

Are you a new client? Save time by pre-registering here!

Please be advised, you must be wearing a mask to receive services. Thank you for your cooperation and helping us keep our staff, volunteers and other clients safe!

El Mercadito provides:

  • Nutritious groceries including fresh produce, dairy and meat.
  • Access to Nourishing Hope’s comprehensive social services including public benefits assistance, job search training, and mental health counseling.
  • Access to La Casa Norte’s information and referral services.


Picking up food for someone else? Please fill out a form called a “Proxy.” It needs to be completely filled out and signed by both you and your proxy. We only need these forms for monthly distribution pickups.

El Mercadito Proxy Form in English  El Mercadito Proxy Form in Spanish

El Mercadito

3533 W. North Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
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(773) 525-1777

El Mercadito Hours:
Mon, Tues & Wed: 11am – 3pm

El Mercadito serves 150 households in total each day — 75 monthly choice and 75 monthly express.

This location only provides monthly pick-ups. Please visit our Sheridan Market for your weekly produce pick-up.

El Mercadito Social Services

Clients visiting El Mercadito will also be eligible for Nourishing Hope’s comprehensive social services. This includes:

  • Public benefits assistance
  • Job search training
  • Mental health counseling
  • Information and referral services

Our professional counselors and social services team work with you. There are no strings attached. There’s just service.

LCN Social Services Space

Contact Us to Learn More

For specific questions regarding El Mercadito, please call La Casa Norte at 773-276-4900.