This is the Chicago Fair Trade ”Fair Trade Tour” home page!

Celebrate Chicago as North America’s largest Fair Trade City by participating in the Tour!

In May 2011, Chicago became a Fair Trade City as part of the international fair trade towns movement. (www.fairtradetownsusa.org and www.fairtradetowns.org global towns)

But this status merely opens the door to possibilities.  In an effort to deepen awareness of fair trade among consumers, we have created a self guided audio tour that would help tell the story of fair trade and direct consumers and tourist to locations committed to fair trade. This tour will zoom in on a few of the city’s businesses to tell a story of our fair trade city and to broaden awareness.  

Chicago Fair Trade first started this tour in the early spring of 2012. We launched our first draft of the tour at Daley Plaza World Fair Trade Day on May 9th, 2012.

How we achieved fair trade city status…

“Imagine Chicago as a fair trade city!” That was the theme of a meeting in 2008 when a group of Chicago Fair Trade (CFT) members charted a course to reach this goal. Three years later, we are officially the largest fair trade city in North America, having seen many of our “imaginings” become a reality: a city council resolution, documentation of 300 fair trade outlets, and engagement of 260 institutions using fair trade. But that visioning exercise was to help us dream beyond what seemed within reach at that moment. It was to stretch our ambitions!

This is the task before us now: to use our official designation to open doors to fair trade that can guide international trade and business development. Fair trade principles shouldn’t be a fringe movement but embraced by everyone who thinks that creating a sustainable planet is important to our future.

Our dreams for advancing fair trade and making fair trade products commonplace are linked to our global dreams: our dreams of families around the world with enough food each day, dreams of land being restored to health through sustainable farming practices, dreams of children in every country attending school. Our dreams for the world can become a reality as we locally build greater support for fair trade among consumers, businesses and municipalities in the metro area.

…from the CFT quarterly newsletter.

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