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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce expanded programming happening this fall at the historic Maxwell Street Market located at 800 S. Desplaines St. as part of the Chicago City Markets presented by Humana. The free events celebrate arts and culture at the market including a Family Day, featuring free family activities and portraits on September 15, a celebration of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating the fall harvest season, on October 6 and Día de Los Muertos, the Mexican tradition of remembering ancestors, on November 3.
Sunday, September 15
Stop by Maxwell Street Market for an action-packed day for the whole family. Dance, create and strike a pose, then don’t forget to eat and shop!
Take home a special print from a free family photo session with Chicago-based artists Yvette Mayorga and William Estrada, who created a unique backdrop using a collage of items treasured and sold in the market. This commission is part of MAS+ ART at Maxwell, a creative placemaking initiative led by Paola Aguirre Serrano of Borderless Studio LLC.
The Wonder Wagon, a mobile performance platform made from a converted trailer, brings puppets to the market, connecting communities through collective imagination and wonder. Conceived and created by Will Bishop and Grace Needlman. For more information on The Wonder Wagon, visit wonderwagon.org. Participation supported in part by 2nd Floor Rear.
Rayo is the founder of Centavrvs, a band based in electronic and avant-garde music where folklore and Mexican popular culture merges with different rhythms such as cumbia, afrobeat, salsa, tribal, Brazilian and world music. Centavrvs' “electronica regional Mexicana” sound will be featured during World Music Festival Chicago on Saturday, September 14, at Millennium Park. Rayo's DJ set explores the diversity of the rhythms around the world, creating an eclectic and festive atmosphere.
The Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art host biweekly art activities at the Maxwell Street Market. The day’s project will be two-dimensional paper piñatas.
Jewish New Year and Sukkot Celebration at Maxwell Street Market
Sunday, October 6
Join us in anticipation of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating the fall harvest season, where friends and strangers gather to commune over a shared meal and experience. This holiday reflects the legacy of Maxwell Street Market, started by newly arrived Jewish residents from Eastern Europe and where generations of immigrants have found community in Chicago.
Learn to make a lulav, one of Sukkot’s most important symbolic objects, with artist Leslie Baum, who will guide you using handmade objects as well as items you can purchase at the market. Organized by Couldbearchitecture, a Chicago-based design practice directed by Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison.
A quintet from the legendary Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will entertain with their authentic yet fun musical stylings. Audiences of all backgrounds have been delighted by Maxwell Street's high-energy performances that glow with warmth and humor. They are the Midwest's most popular klezmer band, touring seven times in Europe and performing throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall.
The Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art host biweekly art activities at the Maxwell Street Market. The day’s theme is Reimagine Maxwell Street Market.
Día de Los Muertos
Sunday, November 3
The FREE event will celebrate the Day of the Dead, the Mexican tradition of remembering ancestors during “All Soul’s Day,” with live performances, workshops and more. A full schedule will be posted at a later date at maxwellstreetmarket.us.
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.
Programming at Maxwell Street Market is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 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, Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and 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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