All Nourishing Hope programs will be CLOSED Friday, August 2 –– Saturday, August 3. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Todos los programas de Nourishing Hope estarán CERRADOS del viernes 2 de agosto a sábado 3 de agosto. Sentimos la inconveniencia.

Beginning July 16, Nourishing Hope will no longer be open for food distribution on Tuesdays. Click here for more information.

A partir del 16 de julio, Nourishing Hope ya no estará abierto los martes para la distribución de alimentos. Haga clic aquí para más información.

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El Mercadito


A Location For the West Side

Important update: Beginning the week of July 15, El Mercadito will be closed for food distribution on Tuesdays and open on Fridays instead. The new food distribution schedule at El Mercadito will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday, the distributions will be express-only. Therapy sessions will be unaffected by this change. Click here to learn more.

Additionally, beginning the week of July 29, social service drop-in appointments will be offered Mondays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

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 access to nutritious food is a basic human right.

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

El Mercadito provides:

  • Nutritious groceries including fresh produce, dairy and meat.
  • Access to La Casa Norte’s information and referral services.

Please note: as of July 15, 2024 El Mercadito hours are changing We will no longer be operating on Tuesdays. We may close early if we have reached our service capacity for the day. Please click here to learn more.


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., Wed. and Fri.: 12pm – 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 bonus produce pick-up, provided once a month.

*Please note: Beginning July 16, El Mercadito will be CLOSED on Tuesdays and OPEN on Fridays.

Friday food pickups will be express only.

El Mercadito will also be opening at 12 p.m.




Contact Us to Learn More

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