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

April 11, 2018

The market season kicks off on Thursday, May 10, at Daley Plaza featuring vendors from Maxwell Street Market and the unveiling of the winning design of the COUNTRY Financial Reusable Bag Contest

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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to present the summer season of Chicago City Markets presented by COUNTRY Financial®. Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds – at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and a dozen more community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. A complete list of city-run markets, along with dates and times are listed below and at

“Chicago City Markets are farmers markets and much 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 summer season will take place on Thursday, May 10, at 11:30am at the City Market at Daley Plaza. Among the activities, COUNTRY Financial® will announce the winner of the 11th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest and will distribute free, reusable bags to market goers. This year’s winning design by a local student will be based on the theme You’ve Got a Lot Growing For You. The winning student will receive a scholarship prize and appear on thousands of reusable canvas bags distributed at Chicago City Market locations. The City Market at Daley Plaza will be open from 7am to 3pm and will also feature visiting vendors from the Maxwell Street Market.

“COUNTRY Financial is thrilled to be sponsoring our 11th 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.”

The Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.) is a year-round Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor. The historic market, open year-round on Sundays, 7am–3pm, offers an eclectic mix of foods and finds—from tools to tires. It is also 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. For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.

Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Lincoln Park to Roseland, downtown to Austin. 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, most 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. Residents can find their neighborhood market at

In recognition of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth, throughout 2018 various City Markets will host cooking demonstrations by student-chefs from Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, locations and dates to be announced. Maxwell Street Market will also feature performances by youth groups at Maxwell Street Market on the second Sunday of each month. Additionally, all of the designs submitted for the 11th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest will be on display from April 30 through May 11 in the lobby of the Daley Center (50 W. Washington St.). Mayor Emanuel has designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth as a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. Throughout For more information about the Year of Creative Youth, visit—and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter @ChicagoDCASE and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE #2018isYOCY #ChiCreativeYouth #BornCreative.

The City of Chicago-managed markets opening in May are the Daley Plaza Farmers Market at 50 W. Washington St. opening on Thursday, May 10; the Division Street Farmers Market at Division St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Saturday, May 12 and the Federal Plaza Farmers Market at Adams St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Tuesday, May 15. Most community markets open in June and July. Maxwell Street Market operates year-round on Sundays.

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 94.7FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.


2018 Chicago City Markets

(City-run community and farmers markets- schedule subject to change)



Maxwell Street Market

800 S. Desplaines St.

Year-round; 7am–3pm


Bronzeville Community Market

Location TBD

July 8–September 16; 12-4pm



Columbus Park Community Market

500 S. Central Ave.

July 10 – September 11; 2–7pm


Federal Plaza Market

50 W. Adams St.

May 15–October 30; 7am–3pm


North Lawndale Community Market (New Location)

3419 W. Ogden Ave. (Chicago Police station parking lot)

August 14–October 9; 2:30–5:30pm



La Follette Park Community Market

1333 N. Laramie Ave.

July 11–September 12; 2–7pm


Pullman Market

11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

July 11–October 31; 7am–1pm


Roseland Community Market

200 W. 109th St.

August 29–October 24; 2:30–5:30pm



Daley Plaza Market

50 W. Washington St.

May 10 – October 25; 7am–3pm


Austin Community Market

5900 W. Chicago Ave.

August 2–October 4; 2–7pm



Division Street Market

Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy.

May 12–October 27; 7am–1pm


Englewood/Anchor House Market

1200 W. 76th St.

July 7–September 15; 10am–2pm


Lincoln Park Market

700 W. Armitage Ave.

June 2–October 27; 7am–1pm

Does not accept Link


Printers Row Market

700 S. Dearborn St.

June 16–October 27; 7am–1pm

Does not accept Link


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