New for 2014, some markets will become Community Markets. This is a new concept being introduced, as a market is reflective of the neighborhood it serves. Each market will have what you would expect at a typical farmers market with items like fresh produce, with the addition of music programming and non-food vendors like local artisans – adding a unique vibe to each market and expanding the neighborhood’s cultural assets, a priority of the Chicago Cultural Plan. Vendor selection has not been finalized to date.
“Chicagoans understand the importance of eating healthy but also, buying locally,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “This year’s Community Market program will build on each neighborhood’s personality with a variety of food vendors and unique works by local artists.”
The official kick-off of the Farmers Markets season will be at the Daley Plaza Market on Thursday, May 15, at which COUNTRY Financial will reveal the winner of the 7th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest during the 11 a.m. program. This year’s artistic theme is “Grow Your Own Way” and the winning design will appear on thousands of bags distributed throughout the season. Finalists are: Francesca Cedro, 11th grade, Lincoln Park High School; Alejandro Gomez, 12th grade, Lincoln Park High School; and David A. Paredes, 10th grade, Mather High School.
“Opening day for the Chicago Farmers Markets can’t come soon enough after an especially long, cold and snowy winter,” said Mike Fisher, COUNTRY Financial Agency Field Executive,New Market Development. “We’re excited to see all the vendors and shoppers as we introduce our 7th annual reusable shopping bags – and award scholarships to three talented students.”
Additionally, after a popular run last year, the Farmers Markets program will offer three night markets in three neighborhood market locations: Fulton Randolph Market District/Union Park Community Market (location TBD)
each Tuesday beginning June 10 through September 2 from 4-8 p.m.; Devon Night Market (2720 W. Devon Ave.) each Wednesday beginning July 9 through September 10 from 4-8 p.m. and the Argyle Night Market (Argyle and Sheridan Rd.) each Thursday beginning July 10 through September 4 from 5-9 p.m.
While the new stand-alone Night Markets will happen weekly and include some vendors from the City’s other farmers markets, these will be unique, multi-faceted events which will include live performances and arts & crafts, with local artisans and local restaurants participating.
The City of Chicago and DCASE have once again partnered with Experimental Station to accept the LINK card at 15 markets including the six markets in food deserts. The Englewood Market at Anchor House is new this year and they have partnered with Urban Canopy to train urban farmers to grow and sell their produce on site.
The majority of the 2014 Chicago Farmers Markets will open during the month of June. (See below for complete list of markets.)
The Chicago Farmers Markets program is presented by DCASE and COUNTRY Financial, and sponsored in part by 93 XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 890 AM & WLS 94.7 FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune. For more information, call 312.744.3316 or visit chicagofarmersmarkets.us. Join us on Facebook at Chicago Farmers Markets and on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiFarmersMarkets).
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
COUNTRY Financial (www.countryfinancial.com) serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States. It offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.
(Adams & Dearborn)
May 20 – October 28; 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
(Chicago & Mies van der Rohe Way)
June 3 – October 28; 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Washington & Dearborn)
May 15 – October 30; 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
(233 S. Wacker Dr.)
June 26 – October 30; 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Weekly Neighborhood Markets
(Harrison & Central)
June 24 – October 28; 2-7 p.m.
June 3 – October 28; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fulton Randolph Market District/Union Park Community Market – New Market
(For location details visit
June10 – September 2; 4-8 p.m.
*La Follette Park
(1333 N. Laramie)
June 25 – October 29; 2-7 p.m.
(111th & Cottage Grove)
July 9 – October 29; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Devon Community Night Market - New Market
(2720 W. Devon Ave.)
July 9 – September 10; 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
*Ford City Mall - New Market
(7601 S. Cicero Ave.)
July 9 – October 29; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Argyle Night Market
(Argyle & Sheridan Rd.)
July 10 – September 4; 5-9 p.m.
*Austin Town Hall
(Lake & Central)
June 26 – October 30; 2-7 p.m.
(53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.)
June 5 – October 30; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
(35th & Wallace)
June 21 – October 4; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
(71st and Racine)
June 28–October 25; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Division & Dearborn)
May 10 – October 25; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Armitage & Orchard)
May 10 – October 25; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 14 – October 25; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Dearborn & Polk)
June 21 – October 25; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
(1420 West Grace)
June 21 – October 25; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
*West Humboldt Park
(3601 W. Chicago Ave.)
June 28 – October 25; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(95th & Longwood)
May 11 – October 26; 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
*South Shore – Rainbow Beach Park
(79th St. and South Shore Dr.)
June 22-August 24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
*Garfield Park Conservatory
(300 N. Central Park Ave.)
June 22 – October 26; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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