Sustainable Deli Opens in Ravenswood

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Location: 1818 West Wilson, Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Developer: Cleetus Friedman

Architect: 2 Point Perspective

By Todd Kaiser

Entrepreneur, writer and performer Cleetus Friedman worked with local eco- architecture firm 2 Point Perspective to create an urban grocery and deli that would adequately reflect a simple mission statement: “Local. Sustainable. Delicious.”

Opened in September 2010, the 2,000 square-foot space on West Wilson in Ravenswood addresses water efficiency, waste reduction and energy usage. The store is decorated with furniture and materials derived from sustainable materials. The store also uses packaging made from recycled and sustainable materials.  Reclaimed wood shelving and cladding from a Lincoln Park tear-down are stocked with groceries. Antique farm tables are cleverly re-purposed as display tables creating a synergy between the store and its “farm dinners” carried out each month at area farms.

The purpose of the the farm dinners is “to enlighten, educate, and entertain,” said Friedman. “From our process to connecting our clients with the origin of our food sources, the City Provisions Supper Club is a monthly event focusing on seasonality, celebrating the fruits of the season.”

Innovative new materials were carefully chosen for the deli. Acoustical and metal ceiling tiles are made of recycled content and a carbon neutral floor consists of 100 percent recyclable tatami porcelain tile from Green Home Chicago. As menu items change frequently based on local availability and sourcing in-season, 2 Point Perspective and Friedman opted for chalkboards over single-use signage, saving material and allowing for frequent updates.

To save energy, a tankless hot water system was installed. The existing furnace was tuned to assure efficient operation and a vestibule was built to minimize the transfer of conditioned air. Energy-efficient light fixtures and lamps were used throughout the project but ample daylight keeps the space from feeling cold. In line with the Chicago Climate Action Plan, Energy Star rated appliances were installed and all recyclables are strictly diverted from the waste stream. City Provisions will also introduce composting in the near future to further minimize its carbon footprint.

From the design of the neighborhood bulletin board and photo wall to the community dining table, City Provisions is working to increase awareness of sustainability, build community and achieve a healthier, greener Chicago.

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