How to Be a Maxwell Street Market Vendor

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Maxwell Street Market

Hours Of Operations

 

  • The Maxwell Street Market operates year-round on Sundays from 9am until 3pm, weather permitting
  • The Maxwell Street Market Office is open for Vendors on Fridays from 9am-4pm and Sundays from 7am-2pm

 

Vendor Application

 

In order to obtain a Maxwell Street Market License, applicants must:

  • Complete Maxwell Street Market Vendor Application Packet
    • Maxwell Street Market License Application
    • Vendor Affidavit
    • Vendor Agreement
    • Disclosure of Indebtedness to the City of Chicago
      • All applicants must complete the Affidavit of Disclosure of Indebtedness to the City of Chicago when applying for a Maxwell Street Market Vendor License. In accordance with Section 4-4-150 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, no vendor license shall be issued to any applicant who has unsettled debt with the City. Proof of payment plan or bill payment is required prior to space purchase.
Maxwell Street Vendor Application Packet (English) Maxwell Street Vendor Application Packet (Spanish)

 

  • Submit copies of:
    • Current Driver’s License or State ID; or Matricula Consular ID; or Passport
    • Current Sales IBT/IDOR Number or Certificate (Illinois Business Tax ID/Illinois Department of Revenue Number
      • IBT/IDOR numbers can be obtained online at mytax.illinois.gov or by applying in person at the Illinois Department of Revenue, located in the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St.
    • Current Vehicle Insurance

 

  • Food Vendors must also:
    • Provide a valid City of Chicago Food Sanitation Certificate bearing their name.
    • Submit a copy of the current City food license for the establishment or commissary.
    • Provide an updated Illinois Department of Health Inspection Report and Certificate of Insurance for licensed kitchen where food is prepared (NO Food may be prepared in a home kitchen).
    • Have a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy listing the City of Chicago – Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Maxwell Street Market as additional insured. It must have a minimum coverage of $1 million per occurrence of aggregate and include:
      • Broad Form Coverage
      • Products/Completed Operations
      • Personal Injury
      • Automobile Liability

 

Vendor Expectations

 

Vendors are expected to:

  • Set-up by 9am and vend until 3pm
  • Purchase vending space by Sunday at 8:15am
  • Load-In from 7am until 9am
  • Load-Out from 3pm until 4:30pm
  • Remove all unauthorized vehicles from the Market grounds by 8:45am or they will be subject to citation or tow.
  • Supply their own tables, chairs, tents and weights for their space.
  • Clear early departures with the Maxwell Street Market office. Early departures are reserved for EMERGENCIES ONLY.

 

Weekly Market Permit Fees

 

Permits from April 1st – November 30th

A. 10’ x 30’ Food (no vehicle allowed) - $90

B. 10’ x 20’ (no vehicle allowed) - $65

C. 14’ x 24’ with vehicle - $65

D. 14’ x 30’ with vehicle (parking lot) - $65

E. 10’ x 10’ (no vehicle) - $20

F. Garage Sale Drop-In - $20

Permits from December 1st – March 31st

A. 10’ x 30’ Food (no vehicle allowed) - $57

B. 10’ x 20’ (no vehicle allowed) - $32

C. 14’ x 24’ with vehicle - $32

D. 14’ x 30’ with vehicle (parking lot) - $32

E. 10’ x 10’ (no vehicle) - $20

F. Garage Sale Drop-In - $20

 

Annual License Fees (New and Renewal)

 

Permanent Vendors - $75.00 License Fee

Alternate Vendors - $50.00 License Fee

Payments may be made via Credit Card, Debit Card or Money Order (made payable to City of Chicago).

Licenses are renewed annually during the months of November and December.

 

Vendor Classifications

Vendors are allowed to apply for only one classification.

 

“Food Vendor” – a Licensee who meets the qualifications to sell prepared food items including, but not limited to, items readily consumed such as tacos, hot dogs and beverages at an assigned location at the Market.

“Produce Vendor” – a Licensee who may sell fresh produce, including, but not limited to, fruits and vegetables, at the Market.

“General Merchandise Vendor” – a Licensee who can sell products at the Market for delivery at the Market, but is prohibited from selling food or produce.

“General Merchandise Vendor - Non-Perishable” – a Licensee who may sell non-perishable food items such as peanuts, spices and dried fruit; provided, however, that such vendor is strictly prohibited from preparing or selling prepared food or beverages at the Market.

“Garage Sale Drop-In” – Individuals not wishing to become a Maxwell Street Market Vendor, can participate by purchasing a “Drop-In” space for $20. Vendors may only purchase a 10’ x 10’ space four times a year. Based on availability.