Vendor Rules and Regulations 2021

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Synopsis of 2021 Rules and Regulations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following operational protocols will be continue to be implemented for the 2021 season:

  • Priority vendor acceptance will be offered to agricultural and other essential food vendors.

  • GSM will inform vendors of the amount and location of their space within the market’s site parameters.

  • Vendor spaces will include the vendor vehicle if possible and set up needs while incorporating social distancing and other health and well-being guidelines.


Season Dates, Market Hours, Location, Arrival, Departure


  • GSM's planned date is Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • The market will operate Sundays through October 24, 2021 (CLOSED 7/4/21), barring unforeseen emergencies or withdrawal of City of Chicago approval.

  • Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • GSM will operate at 1233-1241 W. Pratt Blvd. for the 2021 season.

  • Vendors may arrive at GSM to setup beginning at 7:30 a.m. All vendors must be ready for customer order pick up by 9:00 a.m.

  • Vendor vehicles will be incorporated into the GSM set up plan for 2021. 

  • Customer shopping hours begin promptly at 9 a.m.

  • Vendors may leave when the market has closed (2:00 p.m.) GSM management will coordinate vendor departures for safe and swift closure of the market site.

  • In case of weather-related or other emergencies, GSM will close early. If a vendor has an emergency, please let GSM management know. GSM’s team will arrange a quick and secure departure.



  • Vendors who are scheduled to appear at GSM are expected to attend unless other arrangements have been made.

Vendor Fees


  • GSM is using its sliding scale fee structure but lowering fees by 25% for the 2021 season.. 


Vendor Fee Payment


  • Vendors will be invoiced via email through based on the market dates selected by the vendor.. Payment in full will be expected by 6/1/21.. GSM accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal. Payment by check can be arranged. 


Late Arrival


  • Vendors who arrive after 8:45 a.m. may not be allowed into the market site due to the complex logistics of site set up. There are no alternative plans for vendors who arrive late. Please arrive on time.

Placement Within GSM Site


  • GSM's Director determines the location of the market itself.

  • GSM’s Manager determines the placement of the vendors’ stalls within the market.

  • Vendors will be provided with space sizes that will accommodate at least a 6’ distance between them and the next vendor. Placements are not permanent and may be changed at the discretion of market management for any market session.


Set Up Protocol


  • Vendors will be assigned to a site that provides at least a six-foot distance between them and the neighboring vendor(s).


  • Vendors are required to use impermeable barriers (i.e., tables, vehicles, tents, weights, etc.) between themselves and customers to maintain at least a six-foot distance between them, other vendors and customers.


GSM will:

  • clearly mark any area where guests queue with appropriate physical distancing guidance and will post signage to facilitate social distancing.

  • state the total number of shoppers allowed into the market footprint at one time and continually track the number of shoppers entering, picking up orders and exiting to avoid overcrowding and keep the customers moving through the market

  • provide practical visual guidance so customers may easily follow directional passageways for foot traffic



Operational Protocol


  • Protective gear must be worn by staff, vendors, volunteers and customers.

  • Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth until further notice. 

  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required to be worn in the market site by staff, vendors, volunteers and customers. GSM will provide disposable masks and gloves to those who don’t have this gear.


Sanitation Protocol


  • GSM will provide staff and volunteer training on cleaning procedures to ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants

  • GSM’s tables, tents, barricades, chairs, and other high-touch surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to opening and throughout the day

  • GSM will ensure hand sanitizer is readily available for both customer, staff and volunteer use

  • GSM will clean high-touch surfaces used by staff and volunteers at least every 30 minutes

  • Vendors are responsible to clean high-touch surfaces at their market stall prior to opening and throughout the day

  • Vendors and staff should wear gloves following standard food handling guidelines



CDPH & CDC Testing & Tracing Protocols 


GSM requires its staff and volunteers to self-screen* to ensure that no symptoms of COVID-19 are present. Any staff member or volunteer reporting any COVID-19 related symptoms will be prohibited from working at the market and will be required to self-quarantine according to CDC guidelines.


Staff, vendors and volunteers will follow Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) testing and tracing protocols including administering a self-screening questionnaire and having their body temperature taken by non-invasive infra-red thermometers. If temperature is in the normal range, they will be allowed in to work at the market. If temperature is not in the normal range, they will be sent home and CDPH and CDC testing and tracing protocols will proceed.



*Self-screening sample questionnaire

  1. Have you had a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or have you used a fever reducer in the previous 24 hours to treat a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit?

  2. Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  3. Do you have a new or worsening sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  4. Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  5. Have you recently developed a complete loss of smell or taste?


Shopping at GSM in 2021


  • GSM will not provide onsite shopping transactions except for SNAP/Link Shoppers. Shoppers who use SNAP/Link cards can swipe their card and enter their PIN at the GSM Entrance Table where they will receive GSM tokens for their swipe amount and matching paper vouchers for the matching grant from LinkUp Illinois.

  • GSM will provide information for shoppers on which vendors accept cash, credit and debit cards.

  • GSM's token program will be phased out in 2021 for credit and debit card shoppers. No new token transactions will occur at GSM. Shoppers with tokens purchased in the past may use them in 2021. Vendors will be reimbursed accordingly.


Food Access at GSM


  • GSM remains committed to providing multiple ways for individuals who would like to shop at the market to do so. GSM intends to provide dollar for dollar matching grants to SNAP/Link shoppers in 2021 of up to $10.00 per market per shopper while funds last. If you have questions or ideas about these programs, please contact the GSM Director at