Chicago City Markets Provide Access to Fresh Produce, Chicago-Made Products, Rare Finds and More

March 16, 2017

Farmers and community markets kick off the summer season on Thursday, May 11, at Daley Plaza and Sunday, May 14, at Maxwell Street Market

Mary May, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573


The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce a new program framework and name for Chicago City Markets presented by Country Financial®–uniting 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. The markets will kick off the season on Thursday, May 11, at the Daley Plaza Market and Sunday, May 14, at the Maxwell Street Market. 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 more,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Our markets provide residents with access to fresh and healthy food – and unique Chicago-made products and other merchandise – but they also bring communities together, many offering live music and other cultural activities.”

The official kick-off of the Chicago City Markets will take place at the Daley Plaza Market on Thursday, May 11, at 11:30am. Among the activities, COUNTRY Financial® will announce the winner of the 10th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest, and will provide free, reusable bags to market goers. This year’s winning design from a Chicago Public Schools student will be based on the theme “Give, Grow and Be Green” and will be featured on thousands of reusable bags distributed throughout the season. Deadline to submit a design is 4pm CST on Thursday, April 6. Visit for instructions on how to enter and official contest rules.

“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring our 11th opening day of the Chicago City Markets,” said Mike Fisher, Agency Vice President of Community Business Development at COUNTRY Financial. “The markets offer such a fun experience. It’s the best time of the year.”

Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.) offers an eclectic mix of merchandise—from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare finds and collectibles—and some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in Chicago.. Open year-round on Sundays, 7am–3pm, the Maxwell Street Market will kick off its summer season on Sunday, May 14. Programming details will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

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, all of the 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 community 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 and join us on Facebook. Vendor applications are available online and the deadline to apply is April 10. A schedule of all independently-run farmers markets happening throughout the city will be available later this spring.

For additional information about the historic Maxwell Street Market, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.

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, WLS 890 AM & 94.7FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.


2017 Chicago City Markets

(City-run community and farmers markets)


Maxwell Street Market

Desplaines St. & Taylor St.

Year-round; 7am–3pm


Bronzeville Market - New Location

47th St. & King Dr.

July 9–September 17; 8am–1pm



Federal Plaza

Adams St. & Dearborn Pkwy.

May 16–October 31; 7am–3pm


Columbus Park

Congress Pkwy. & Central Ave.

July 11–September 12; 2–7pm


Lincoln Square

2301 W. Leland Ave.

June 6–October 31; 7am–1pm


North Lawndale Market

1420 S. Albany Ave.

September 5–October 31; 3–6pm



La Follette Park

1333 N. Laramie Ave.

July 12–September 13; 2–7pm



111th St. & Cottage Grove Ave.

July 5–October 25; 7am–1pm


Roseland Market

109th St. and Wentworth Ave.

August 30–October 25; 2:30–5:30pm



Daley Plaza

50 W. Washington St.

May 11–October 26; 7am–3pm


Austin Market – New Location

Chicago Ave. & Mayfield Ave.

July 13–September 14; 2–7pm



Division Street

Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy.

May 13–October 28; 7am–1pm


Englewood/Anchor House

76th St. & Racine Ave.

July 8–September 16; 10am–2pm


Lincoln Park

Armitage Ave. & Orchard St.

June 3–October 28; 7am–1pm


Printers Row

Dearborn St. & Polk St.

June 17–October 28; 7am–1pm