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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that shopping and street fair will go up a notch at “The Big Deal” on Sunday, August 4, at the historic Maxwell Street Market presented by Humana (800 S. Desplaines St.). From 9am until 3pm the free festivities include the dedication of a mural created by students at Yollocalli Arts Reach, live art making with the National Museum of Mexican Art and live music performances along with 125 vendors specializing in handmade crafts, resale clothing, produce and more.
“The Maxwell Street Market, Chicago’s longest running open air market, has been a ‘big deal’ for over a century. As a marketplace, Maxwell Street is where generations of immigrants have created businesses. As a gathering place its where musicians created the Maxwell Street blues sound. And as a food emporium its where the Maxwell Street Polish was first sold and now thousands of handmade tortillas are pressed each Sunday,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “We are proud to nurture this Chicago tradition with more vendors, more food and more programming.”
During “The Big Deal,” Chicago Fair Trade will have a fair trade pop-up bazaar featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly items made by women’s cooperatives; hand-blocked printed summer dresses from Mata Traders, yoga accessories from Kathmandu Yogi, kitchen and tableware from Sobremesa by Greenheart and eco-friendly Bolivian jewelry. Other featured vendors include Sweet Beginnings with locally harvested honey and custom bath products, Sandra’s Bags with handmade leather purses displaying the Chicago flag and hand-beaded artisan jewelry from Crafted.
The August 4 “Big Deal,” will feature old and new food favorites including Kimski/Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar with a modern take on the Maxwell Street Polish, and the Marz Community Brewing Co will launch a limited release “Maxwell Street Lager” beer.
In addition to shopping and eating there will be family-friendly programming throughout the day:
9–10:15am - DJ John Simmons
10:30–11:30am - Low-Reen and the Maxwell Street Blues Band
11:30am–Noon - Mural Dedication with Artists and City Officials
12:30–1:30pm - Los Gallos
2–3pm - Ron Haynes Game Changers
Culture Coach Stage
9:45–10:45am - Little Miss Ann
10:45–11:30am - Trqpiteca Club DJ Cqqchifruit
Noon–1pm - Trqpiteca Club DJ La Spacer
1:30–2:30pm - Banda Show Revelación
Much of this event and other summer activities at the Maxwell Street Market are made possible through generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through an Our Town Grant to support community engagement and neighborhood development.
For over a century, the historic Maxwell Street Market has been offering an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare items. The market is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, including tamales, banana leaf-wrapped tamales, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes. The market is open Sundays, from 9am to 3pm. For more information, visit maxwellstreetmarket.us or on facebook @MaxwellStreetMarket.
Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago City Markets are presented by Humana and sponsored by COUNTRY Financial®, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune. For a complete list of all Chicago City Markets, visit chicagocitymarkets.us. Join the conversation on Facebook @ChicagoCityMarkets, on Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoCityMarkets).
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.
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