Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chicago City Markets kick off season at Daley Plaza on May 11 and Maxwell Street Market on May 14

The winner of the COUNTRY Financial® 10th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest
will be announced on May 11 at Daley Plaza
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to kick off summer with the Chicago City Markets presented by COUNTRY Financial® at celebrations on Thursday, May 11, at the Daley Plaza Market, and Sunday, May 14, at the Maxwell Street Market. Residents are encouraged to visit their neighborhood market this season to shop local and shop fresh. A complete list of city-run markets, along with dates and times are listed below and at and
“Chicago City Markets are farmers markets and much more,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “With markets like Daley Plaza and Maxwell Street, the city provides residents with access to fresh and healthy produce, unique Chicago-made products, eclectic street food, unique finds and cultural experiences that bring communities together, many offering live music and other cultural activities.”
Chicago City Markets Open on Daley Plaza – Thursday, May 11
Among the activities starting at 11:30 a.m., COUNTRY Financial® will announce the winner of the 10th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest and then provide free, reusable bags to shoppers. This year’s winning design will be based on the theme “Give, Grow and Be Green” and will be featured on thousands of reusable bags distributed throughout the season.
The 2017 finalists are: Iveth Crisoforo, a junior at Mather High School; Lizbeth Garcia, a senior at Mather High School, and Wajeeha Gulzar, a freshman at Mather High School. The winning artist will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the first and second runners up will each receive a $500 scholarship as a financial start to their future.
“COUNTRY Financial is thrilled to be sponsoring our 10th annual bag design contest,” said Mike Fisher, Agency Vice President of Community Business Development at COUNTRY Financial. “It’s the best time of the year when our vendors and friends are back at the market with farm-fresh products, and we can fill up our newly designed reusable bag. It’s a special feeling.”
Maxwell Street Market – Mercado de Maxwell – Sunday, May 14
The Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.) will kick off its summer season with a celebration on Sunday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Latin-themed programming for the entire family on el diá de la Madre. The streets of the Mercado de Maxwell will feature roaming musicians and the best street food stands in Chicago. At traditional Latino mercados, musicians will entertain patrons as they enjoy the flavors and sounds of trios and Mariachi bands throughout the event. For families, the market will also present family programming, along with Mexican Loteria (B-I-N-G-O) and a hand’s on Mexican toy-making workshop.
Maxwell Street Market is renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, with favorites that include: tamales, banana leaf wrapped tamals, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes. Beverage choices include soft drinks, horchatas and other fruit flavored drinks.  For the sweet tooth, market goers can enjoy sorbet, funnel cakes, baked goods and Mangonadas served in a large cup with layers of mango sorbet, mango slices, drizzled with lime, chamoy and sprinkled chili powder.
The historic street market offers an eclectic mix of foods and finds—from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture/antiques, clothing, plants for the garden, rare finds and collectibles.  Maxwell Street Market is open throughout the year on Sundays, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.
The new framework introduced earlier this year, Chicago City Markets presented by COUNTRY Financial®–unite all of the City of Chicago-managed outdoor markets under one program, including Chicago’s longest running farmers market at Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. Across the city, Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and, in the case of Maxwell Street Market, rare finds and retail merchandise.
Additional neighborhood Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Roseland to Lincoln Square, with new locations this year in Austin and Bronzeville. Many markets serve communities with limited access to fresh produce and areas designated low-income, low-access by the
U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year, various City of Chicago-managed market locations will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase in a partnership with Experimental Station.
The City of Chicago-managed markets opening in May are the Daley Plaza Farmers Market at 50 W. Washington St. opening on Thursday, May 11; the Division Street Farmers Market at Division St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Saturday, May 13 and the Federal Plaza Farmers Market at Adams St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Tuesday, May 16. Most city markets open in June. Maxwell Street Market operates year-round on Sundays.
For additional information on Chicago City Markets’ downtown and community farmers markets, visit Join the conversation on Facebook at Chicago Farmers Markets, Chicago City markets on Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and on
Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoCityMarkets).
The Chicago City Markets presented by COUNTRY Financial® are produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by 93XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.
(All downtown and neighborhood community and farmers markets)
Loyola Farmers Market (Link)
6550 N. Sheridan Rd.
June 5–October 16, 3–7 p.m. (2:30–6:30 p.m. October dates)
Columbus Park Market (City Market) (Link)
500 S. Central Ave.
July 11–September 12; 2–7 p.m.
Federal Plaza Market (City Market) (Link)
50 W. Adams St.
May 16–October 31; 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Gary Comer Youth Center Farm Stand (Link)
7256 S. Chicago Ave.
June 6–August 29, 3–6 p.m.
Lincoln Square Market (City Market) (Link)
2301 W. Leland Ave.
June 6–October 31; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
North Lawndale Market (City Market) (Link)
1420 S. Albany Ave.
September 5–October 31; 3–6 p.m.
PCC Farmers Market (Link)
330 N. Lotus Ave.
June 6–October 31, 12–5 p.m.
SOAR Farmers Market
220 E. Chicago Ave.
June 6–October 26, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Andersonville Farmers Market (Link)
1500 W. Berwyn Ave.
May 10–October 18, 3–8 p.m. (3–7 p.m. September & October dates)
Gary Comer Youth Center Farm Stand (Link)
7256 S. Chicago Ave.
June 7–August 30, 3–6 p.m.
Green City Market–Lincoln Park (Link)
1817 N. Clark St.
May 10–October 25, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
La Follette Park Market (City Market) (Link)
1333 N. Laramie Ave.
July 12–September 13; 2–7 p.m.
Lawndale Market (Link)
3750 W. Ogden Ave.
June 14–October 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Pullman Market (City Market) (Link)
11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
July 5–October 25; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ravenswood Farmers Market (Link)
4900 N. Damen Ave.
June 7–October 18, 4–8 p.m.
Roseland Market (City Market) (Link)
200 W. 109th St.
August 30–October 25; 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Washington Park Market (Link)
555 E. 51st St.
June 14–October 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Daley Plaza Market (City Market) (Link)
The Longest Running Farmers Market in Chicago
50 W. Washington St.
May 11 – October 26; 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Argyle Night Market
1000 W. Argyle St. (at Sheridan Rd.)
July 6–August 31, 5–9 p.m.
NEW Austin Market (City Market) (Link)
5900 W. Chicago Ave.
July 13–September 14; 2–7 p.m.
Eli's Cheesecake Farm Stand and Fresh Market
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
June 15–August 24, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (Link)
200 N. Kedzie Ave.
June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14 & October 19, 3–6 p.m.
Green City Market at the Park (Link)
3637 N. Clark St.
June 15–October 26, 4–8 p.m.
Hyde Park Farmers Market (Link)
1520 E. 53rd St.
June 1–October 26, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Lincoln Square Thursday Night Farmers Market
2301 W. Leland Ave.
June 8–October 26 (No market September 7), 4–8 p.m.
Low-Line Farmers Market
3410 N. Southport Ave.
June 1–October 26, 3–7:30 p.m.
South Loop Farmers Market
1936 S. Michigan Ave.
June 15–September 28, 4–8 p.m.
Wood Street Farm Stand (Link)
5814 S. Wood St.
April 20–October 25, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. (1st & 3rd Thursday from June to October, market ends at 6 p.m.)
Fresh Beats and Eats Market (Link)
2744 W. 63rd St.
May 19–October 20, 2–6 p.m.
Cyrano's Riverwalk Farmer's Market
233 E. South Riverwalk
May 6–October 28, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Division Street Market (City Market) (Link)
30 W. Division St.
May 13–October 28; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Eden's Place Farmers Market (Link)
4911 S. Shields Ave.
June 3–October 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Edgebrook Neighborhood Farmers Market
6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.
June 17–September 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Edgewater Farmers Market
5917 N. Broadway St.
June 3–October 14, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Englewood/Anchor House Market (City Market) (Link)
76th St. & Racine Ave.
July 8–September 16; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
51st Street Community Market (Link)
5100 S. Wood St.
June 17–October 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (Link)
200 N. Kedzie Ave.
June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9 & October 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  
Green City Market - Lincoln Park (Link)
1817 N. Clark St.
May 6–October 28, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Green City Market - West Loop (Link)
115 S. Sangamon St.
June 3–October 28, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Healthy Food Hub at The Quarry Center (Link)
2423 E. 75th St.
Year-roung, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Horner Park Farmers Market
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
June 3–October 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Lincoln Park Market (City Market)
700 W. Armitage Ave.
June 3–October 28; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Northcenter Farmers Market
4100 N. Damen Ave.
June 3–October 28 (No market June 10), 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
PCC Farmers Market (Link)
330 N. Lotus Ave.
June 17–October 21 (3rd Saturdays), 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Plant Chicago Farmers Market (Link)
1400 W 46th St.
June 3–September 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Printers Row Market (City Market)
800 S. Dearborn St.
June 17–October 28; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
61st Street Farmers Market (Link)
6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
May 13–December 16, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Trinity Hospital Famers Market (Link)
500 95th St.
July 8–September 30, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
West Humboldt Park Farmers Market (Link)
3601 W. Chicago Ave.
June 24–October 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Maxwell Street Market (City Market)
A Chicago Tradition of Bargains and Bargaining with and International Flavor
800 S. Desplaines St.
Year-round; 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
NEW Bronzeville Market (City Market) (Link)
4700 S. King Dr.
July 9–September 17; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
95th Street Farmers Market
1820 95th St.
May 7–October 29, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Glenwood Sunday Market (Link)
1400 W. Morse Ave.
June 4–October 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Independence Park Farmers Market (Link)
3945 N. Springfield Ave.
June 11–October 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Jefferson Park Sunday Market (Link)
4820 N. Long Ave.
June 11–October 22 (2nd & 4th sundays), 9:30 a.m.–1:30pm
Logan Square Farmers Market (Link)
3107 W. Logan Blvd.
May 14–October 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
McKinley Park Farmers Market (Link)
3700 S. Archer Ave.
June 4–September 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Pilsen Community Market (Link)
1800 S. Halsted St.
May 28–October 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Portage Park Farmers Market
5400 W. Irving Park Rd.
June 4–October 1 (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays), 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
South Shore Farmers Market (Link)
79th & South Shore Drive
June 11–October 8, 12–5 p.m.
Sunday City Market
1000 W. 35th St.
July 9–September 10, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Wicker Park Farmers Market (Link)
1425 N. Damen Ave.
June 4–October 29, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.


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