Architecture for Humanity Chicago

Fresh Moves Mobile Market


2010 to present

Fresh Moves Mobile Market is a single-aisle grocery store located in an unlikely venue: a retrofitted Chicago Transit Authority bus, which was purchased from the city for $1. Architecture for Humanity Chicago partnered with local nonprofit Food Desert Action to design the bus, which brings fresh produce to the 500,000 Chicago residents living in neighborhoods that are classified as food deserts. Fresh Moves’ website lists its hourly schedule, and the mobile market not only sells produce but also offers classes on cooking and nutrition. The organizers are documenting the impact of Fresh Moves to support the possibility of scaling the operation up in Chicago or replicating it in other cities.

Accessibility, Community, Economy, Information, Pleasure, Sustainability
2 weeks
Problem - lack of access to fresh produce
Solution - mobile grocery store in retrofitted bus