"Alt_ Space Markets is a functional art installation that transforms abandoned spaces into a communal free market where members of the community can give and take, thus creating a temporary communal shared economy. The market meets the needs of neighbors on the West and South Sides of Chicago going through tough times and highlights the importance of sharing resources in food desserts where access to fresh foods is scarce. The work transforms these buildings into a safe space for the community to be able to share, ultimately acting as a symbolic catalyst for new opportunities." To read more about this initiative check out their website https://www.altspacechicago.com/home/altmarket

West Side, Chicago artists and activists turn abandoned buildings on the south and west sides into free grocery stores and markets.