2021 Shopping Plan

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GSM has instituted the following operational protocols:

GSM plans to operate as a walk-through market.


Vendors who participate in online pre-order platforms, have CSA programs or other such subscription programs are welcome to fulfill customer orders at GSM.


GSM plans to offer customers the option of pre-ordering and pre-paying using the WhatsGood app, but market vendors will not be required to participate in the program. 

GSM will not provide onsite credit and debit card transactions. 


GSM will provide onsite transactions for SNAP/Link Shoppers.

Vulnerable populations are always welcome, with the 1 - 2 p.m. hour reserved for special priority.

There will be no customer touching or handling of products, no ready-to-eat foods, no food preparation or sampling allowed


Protective gear, Social distancing, Illness screening


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


Customers will be required to wear face coverings. If you do not have protective gear, GSM will provide you with a disposable face mask.

Face coverings must be worn over nose and mouth, unless a person has a medical condition or disability that prevents safely wearing a face covering or is a child under the age of two.

Staff, vendors and volunteers will be required to wear face coverings, gloves and other protective gear as deemed necessary.


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.


Customers will have their body temperature taken by non-invasive, no-touch system. If temperature is in the normal range, they will be allowed into the market. If temperature is not in the normal range, a GSM staff or volunteer will gather their orders and the customer will not be allowed to enter the market area and will be sent away from the market site.


Customers will be required to use hand sanitizer at their entry to the market site and hand sanitizer will be available at vendor stalls throughout the market site. .


Market Site Logistics

GSM’s 2021 will be held at 1233 - 1241 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago, IL 60626.


There will be a clear entrance and a clear exit that customers will be required to use.

GSM shoppers will queue up from the market entrance maintaining six feet of social distancing between them.


Paths through the market will be clearly marked as are vendor stalls and areas were guests can queue up while practicing social distancing.


Foot traffic through the market area will be one-way and customers may not re-trace their steps. Once customers begin to walk through the market area, they must proceed forward following pathway guidelines.


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.

  • market tables, chairs, tent poles, POS machine and other high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every 30 minutes.