From Food Desert to Food Oasis

Since Mari Gallagher’s 2006 breakthrough study on Chicago Food Deserts (Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago), there has been a flurry of news in Chicago on both the problem and potential solutions. Community groups, city officials, policy makers, and industry leaders have stepped up to take action.

There is not one single cause of Food Deserts and not one single solution. Everyone can do something. Much has happened in Chicago since 2006, and we have been tracking those changes. Go to to view the original study, a 2008 update (released in 2009), and a 2010 update. To keep up with what is going on in Chicago and elsewhere, visit the Projects page.