MAXWELL STREET MARKET IS A CHICAGO TRADITION, STEEPED IN HISTORY AND STOCKED WITH BARGAINS—AND SERIOUS EATS
Open-air flea market offers eclectic mix of merchandise—from tools to tires, fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare finds and collectibles—and some of the best Mexican/Latin street food in Chicago
This summer and fall, many FREE special events will make the market a must-see destination, starting with the Maxwell Street Market Summer Season Kickoff on Sunday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. This day of family fun will include live Mariachi/Banda band musicians and performers, DJs and children activities. Stop by one of the authentic food vendor’s booth for a sampling of traditional Mexican, Filipino or American dishes. And shop for rare finds at the dozens of merchandise vendors. Customers are invited to start a new Mother’s Day tradition by visiting Maxwell Street Market with the entire family for a uniquely-Chicago shopping, dining and music experience.
Other special events include a Chicago Blues Festival Preview on Sunday, May 17 at noon, with Eric Noden Band featuring Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and E.G. McDaniel; followed by a Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview that same day at 1 p.m., featuring performances by EJ Jackson and Dexter Walker & Zion Movement.
The “World’s Largest Father’s Day Garage Sale” on Sunday, June 21, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. will give Chicagoans a chance to buy—and sell—gently used clothing, household items, furniture and more in a massive summer yard sale. (Interested sellers should contact Maxwell Street Market at 312.745.7038 no later than June 12 during these office hours: Wednesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 ft. x 10 ft. spaces are limited to availability, for $20.) And throughout the summer and fall, Maxwell Street will offer live music on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (Blues, Jazz, R&B and more), DJs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, dancing—and even workouts. Following is the complete schedule of events.
Sunday, May 10, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Maxwell Street Market Summer Season Kickoff
Mariachi/Banda band musicians and performers, DJs and children activities
Sunday, May 17, noon – 1 p.m.
Chicago Blues Festival Preview
A performance by Eric Noden Band (ericnoden.com) featuring Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and E.G. McDaniel as a preview of the 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, June 12-14 (chicagobluesfestival.us)
Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview
Featuring performances by EJ Jackson and Dexter Walker & Zion Movement as a preview of the 30th Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park, May 29-31 (chicagogospelmusicfestival.us)
Sunday, May 31, noon
DJ Emanuel Pippin
Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m.
Lori Lewis and The Maxwell Street Blues Band
Sunday, June 14, noon
DJ Milk featuring Gene Hunt
Sunday, June 21, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“World’s Largest Father’s Day Garage Sale”
Offering Chicagoans a chance to buy—and sell—gently used clothing, household items, furniture and more; featuring Maxwell Street House Band at noon
Sunday, June 28, noon
DJ Mark Fuller Flava
Sunday, July 5, noon
Maxwell Street House Band
Sunday, July 12, noon
DJ Ron Troup
Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m.
The Maxwell Street Blues Band
Sunday, July 26, noon
Get Fit with Monique Bailey and DJ Jay Imani
Sunday, August 2, noon
Simone Green & The Treatment Band
Sunday, August 9, noon
Thomas Sisters Line Dancing Demonstration
Sunday, August 16, noon
DJ Craig Elliot & The Spin Doctors
Sunday, August 23, noon
Maxwell Street House Band
Sunday, August 30, noon
Maxwell Street Market is operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Located at 800 S. Desplaines St., the market is open year round on Sundays, 7 a.m – 3 p.m. Metered street parking is available. The market is also located near CTA bus and “L” lines; plan your trip at transitchicago.com. For the latest news and events, visit maxwellstreetmarket.us, like us on Facebook (Maxwell Street Market) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @ChicagoDCASE #MaxwellStreet.
Like markets? DCASE also operates the Chicago Farmers Markets, May–October, bringing over 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the city. For details, including market locations and dates, visit chicagofarmersmarkets.us.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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.