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Chicago Cottage Food Operation Limitations

There are two (2) types of Farmers Markets operating in the city of Chicago.

  • The first group of Farmers Markets is sponsored by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The city of Chicago DCASE prohibits the sale of home-prepared foods under the Illinois Cottage Food Operation Law Public Act 097-0393 (Senate Bill 840) at this group of Farmer’s Markets.
  • The second group is “Chicago Independent Farmer’s Markets” (CIFM) sponsored by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. These independent farmer’s markets in Chicago, as well as Farmer’s markets outside of Chicago, may allow such foods to be sold. If you wish to sell home-prepared cottage foods at these locations and you live in Chicago, you must register with the Chicago Department of Public Health

For more information visit the City of Chicago City Services website

To obtain a paper copy of the registration form, please call (312) 746-8030, and request a paper copy of the registration form to be mailed to you.

The Chicago department of Public Health Food Protection Program
2133 W. Lexington Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 746-8030
Fax: (312) 746-8099
email: cdphfood@cityofchicago.org

For information on Cottage Food Operations in Suburban Cook County, outside of the city of Chicago, contact the Cook County Department of Public Health or complete an application and submit to:

Cook County Department of Public Health
Environmental Health Services Unit
10220 S. 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
Phone: (708) 974‐7118 Fax:  (708) 974‐7120

Last updated: July 15, 2015

Prepared by: Drusilla Banks, Jenna Smith and Mary Liz Wright, Extension Educators, University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition and Wellness