Chicago’s 2016 Farmers Market Program Provides Residents the Opportunity to Purchase Healthy, Fresh and Local Products this Season

April 7, 2016

Season kicks-off on May 12 at Daley Plaza with COUNTRY Financial’s 9th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest winner and FREE reusable bags distributed while supplies last

Mary May, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573


Chicago Farmers Markets, presented by COUNTRY Financial, today released the 2016 schedule of market events beginning this spring and lasting through October at locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods. The markets, managed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), will sell fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers, as well as other prepared food items. A complete list of city-run and independent markets, along with dates and times can be found at

“Chicago’s Farmers Markets bring fresh produce directly to our communities, and also serve as gathering spots to help build a stronger social fabric for our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Each year these markets provide more of our residents and families with access to fresh, healthy, and sustainable foods while also supporting our local farms and food producers.”

This year, a select number of City of Chicago-managed market locations will accept LINK and will distribute double value coupons with every LINK purchase. The City of Chicago and DCASE have partnered with Experimental Station in order to provide this greater access to fresh produce across the city, including some areas designated low-income, low-access by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The official kick-off of the Farmers Markets season will take place at the Daley Plaza Market on Thursday, May 12, at 11:30am. Among the activities, COUNTRY Financial will announce the winner of the 9th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest, and will provide free, reusable bags while supplies last. This year’s winning design from a Chicago Public Schools student will be based on the theme “Our Farms, Your Table” and will be featured on thousands of reusable bags distributed throughout the season. The deadline to submit design entries is Monday, April 11 at 4pm. For complete details, visit

“We’re thrilled to be participating in our 10th opening day as presenting sponsor of the farmers markets,” 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 new reusable canvas bag designed by a talented high school student.”

The City of Chicago-managed markets opening in May are the Daley Plaza Market at 50 W. Washington St. opening on Thursday, May 12; the Division Street Farmers Market at Division St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on May 14 and the Federal Plaza Farmers Market at Adams St. and Dearborn Pkwy., opening on Tuesday, May 17. Most of the other markets open in June.

For a full list of all City of Chicago managed markets as well as over 35 independently run markets in the city, visit DCASE also operates Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.), a Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor, open year-round on Sundays, 7am–3pm. The Maxwell Street Market will kick-off its summer season on Sunday, May 1. For details, visit The Chicago Farmers 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, WLS 890 AM & 94.7FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the Chicago Tribune and the Department of Family and Support Services. For more information, visit or call 312.744.3316, TTY: 312.744.2964. Join us on Facebook at Chicago Farmers Markets and follow us 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. For more information, visit


COUNTRY Financial® group

The COUNTRY Financial® group serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a full range of financial products and services from auto, home, business, farm and life insurance to retirement planning services, investment management and annuities.


2016 Schedule of City of Chicago Farmers Markets

*Markets accept LINK


Daley Plaza Downtown Market *

The longest running Farmers Market in Chicago

50 W. Washington St.

Thursdays, May 12–October 27; 7am–3pm



Columbus Park Farmers Market*

Harrison St. & Central Ave.

June 28–September 27; 2–7pm


Downtown – Federal Plaza Farmers Market*

Adams St. & Dearborn Pkwy.

May 17–October 25; 7am-3pm


Lincoln Square Farmers Market*

2301 W. Leland Ave.

June 7–October 25; 7am–1pm



LaFollette Park Farmers Market*

1333 N. Laramie Ave.

June 29–September 28; 2–7pm


Pullman Farmers Market*

111th St. & Cottage Grove Ave.

July 6–October 26; 7am–1pm



Austin Town Hall Farmers Market*

Lake St. & Central Ave.

June 30–September 29; 2–7pm


Downtown – Willis Tower Farmers Market*

233 S. Wacker Dr.

July 14 – October 13; 7am–3pm


Garfield Park Community Market*

200 N. Kedzie Ave.

Monthly - June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 and October 13; 3-6pm



Division Street Farmers Market*

Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy.

May 14–October 29; 7am–1pm


Englewood/Anchor House Farmers Market*

76th St. & Racine Ave.

June 25–October 1; 8am–1pm


Garfield Park Community Market*

200 N. Kedzie Ave.

Monthly – July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8; 10am-1pm


Lincoln Park Farmers Market

Armitage Ave. & Orchard St.

June 18–October 29; 7am–1pm


NorthCenter Farmers Market

4100 N. Lincoln Ave.

June 25-October 29; 7am–1pm


Printers Row Farmers Market*

Polk St. & Dearborn St.

June 25–October 29; 7am–1pm



Bronzeville Community Market*

Martin Luther King Dr. & 26th St.



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