CHICAGO – To help keep local seniors safe and healthy, state Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II, D-Chicago, is highlighting special shopping hours at grocery and drugs stores for seniors and other medically vulnerable residents.

“As we continue to follow the ‘stay at home’ order, people still need to be able to acquire household essentials such as cleaning supplies, groceries and prescriptions, but we know seniors and the medically vulnerable are especially at-risk in a crowded store,” said Tarver. “Special shopping hours allow these people to make their purchases while maintaining social distancing.”

Tarver is highlighting senior shopping hours at a number of local businesses. These are times specifically allocated for seniors and residents of other at-risk populations to shop, allowing those who may be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 to shop in a clean store without the large crowds. Senior shopping hours at the following local stores in Chicago:

  • ALDI (all locations): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Local Market Foods (all locations): Every day 6 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Mariano’s (all locations): Every day from 6 a. m. to 8 a.m.
  • Walgreens (all locations): Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Whole Foods (all locations): Every day from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“I strongly encourage seniors and the medically vulnerable to take advantage of these adjusted shopping times,” said Tarver. “While seniors are getting the benefit from the special shopping hours, I also ask that healthy resident allow for these hours to be used by seniors and other medically at-risk residents exclusively.”

For more information and a complete, updated list of local grocery stores’ adjusted hours, visit the Illinois Retail Merchants Association website at

Rep. Curtis TarverRep. Curtis Tarver

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