Maxwell Street Market to Offer New Hours and Programming

November 15, 2018

Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will Make Possible Further Improvements to the Market

Mary May, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573


Beginning in 2019, the historic Maxwell Street Market will have NEW hours of operation, open every Sunday from 9am until 3pm. This January and February, shoppers will also enjoy a convenient winter layout with all vendors located on Desplaines St. between Polk St. and Taylor St. as well as a free parking lot (enter on Polk St.). Part of the Chicago City Markets, the Maxwell Street Market is a year-round Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor.

Recently, the Maxwell Street Market received an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support creative placemaking and neighborhood development. Funding will be used to support creative entrepreneurship, to enliven the street with performances and public art works and to improve the design, function and sustainability of the market in the South Loop community.

The privately funded mural Camino al Paraíso (or Road to Paradise) at 632. W. Roosevelt Rd. (the corner of Desplaines St.) is a new public art work in the area. Created by Josue Aldana, the mural tells the story of the Maxwell Street Market and migrant workers with stylistic elements of Mexico’s surrealist folklore. It was dedicated at the market’s Day of the Dead Celebration on Sunday, October 28.

The 106-year-old historic Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare finds. The market is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, with favorites including: 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.

Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Lincoln Park to Roseland, Downtown to Austin. For a complete list of Chicago City Markets open through November and year-round markets, visit For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.

The Chicago City Markets are produced by the Chicago Department fo Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by COUNTRY Financial®, 93XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 94.7FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.


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