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Welcome to Chicago Fair Trade

Who Made Your Clothes?


Amilka Khanam was trapped under rubblewhen the Rana Plaza building collapsed last year.

This spring, Amilka visited Chicago; at an event co-hosted by Chicago Fair Trade, she asked:  

"We are making clothing for you. Will you stand with us in Bangladesh?"









This  summer, Chicago aldermen voted YES and passed a sweatfree

ordinance. We have let it be known that we will NOT let our tax dollars

support sweatshops. And stay tuned as we move towards operationalizing

this ordinance. There is still much work to be done to ensure that this

important  legislation has an impact on the lives of those who sew our





  • Chicago residents:  Thank your alderman for voting YES on the
    sweatfree ordinance!
  • Download and post the Sweatfree Flier at your workplace, school
  • or community bulletin boards.
  • Please contact us to schedule a presentation, to learn more about
  • hosting the traveling photo exhibit,
  • and other ways to become involved. 
Continue Action to Make Chicago a sweatfree city!

Research Major Brands                      SHOP Fair Trade and Ethical Apparel

     Learn more about our Sweatfree Chicago campaign   


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Fair Play Chicago


Chicago Youth are learning about fair trade while enjoying a soccer game.  Involve your school in learning about the world through the stories of fair trade producers. Contact

Chicago As a Fair Trade City


Chicago reached fair trade city status May 2011, which made Chicago the largest fair trade city in the U.S. and the third largest globally (behind London and Toronto)   More at


Globalfest LatinAmerica

Join Us November 14th

National Museum of Mexican Art


Donate to the Silent Auction 


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Upcoming Events

CFT's Run for Change team at the Chicago Marathon
Sun Oct 12, 2014 @08:00AM - 11:00AM

Come celebrate a Sweatfree Chicago
Thu Oct 16, 2014 @06:00PM - 08:00PM

Old St. Pats Solidarity Market
Sun Nov 09, 2014 @09:00AM - 01:00PM

Globalfest Latin America
Fri Nov 14, 2014 @05:30PM - 09:00PM

Fair Trade Gift Boutique at Christ United Methodist Church
Sat Nov 15, 2014 @09:00AM - 03:00PM

Fair Trade Gift Boutique at Christ United Methodist Church
Sun Nov 16, 2014 @11:30AM - 02:00PM

Run For Change

   Support our Team

This year CFT has 4 runners committed to run the marathon and raise funds for our work!  Your contribution will support our efforts to raise awareness of sweatshop labor and improve the lives of global apparel workers through our sweatfree campaign

Donate to our Runners!

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