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Sunday, May 26 - Noon-2pmDJ Jes

House Music

Featuring DJ JES

Born in Mexico and raised in Chicago, Jes has been exposed to the Chicago music culture since the early 80’s. It was very early on when Jes realized his passion for music and began working on his musical career. Growing up on the West side of Chicago, Jes saw his peers choosing a lifestyle of gangs and guns with daily activity of violence. It was then that Jes decided to lead a life of musical expression and lift himself to a higher state of being. Embracing his negative childhood exposure, Jes used that negative to propel his dreams and to fuel his drive to succeed. Fifteen years later, Jes is still continuing his path of musical creativity and has evolved into a professional dj, producer, and business owner. His passion for music still burns bright within. The Chicago underground has been moved by Jes for over twenty five years and he has emerged as a leading dj, producer, and remixer. Jes is an original house pioneer that continues to be an integral part of the underground electronic scene.


Sunday, June 9 - Noon-2:15pm

Chicago Blues Festival - Satellite Performance


Coloring the Blues

With the National Museum of Mexican Art



Vince "Lefty" Johnson

Vince "Lefty" Johnson

Bluesman Vince "Lefty" Johnson is a legend at Maxwell Street Market, keeping the blues alive with his weekly performances.



Dave Herrero Machine

Dave Herrero is an energetic force on the Chicago Blues scene. Since moving here from Austin, he's made an impact as a performer and as a teacher, starting a blues in schools program. His album Corazón blends blues, rock'n'roll, psychedelia and singer songwriter music for a sound that is all his own.


Sunday, June 16 - 11am-2pm

Neil Rose Band


Sunday, June 23 - 10am-2pm

Coloring the Blues

With the National Museum of Mexican Art


Sunday, June 30 - 11am-12:30pm

CircEsteem Social Circus Festival

The Chicago Social Circus Festival is a festival hosted by CircEsteem, where youth from across the country come together to teach each other, create a show together, perform together, and build bonds that will last a lifetime!

This year's festival features circus groups from Puerto Rico.

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Sunday, July 7 & 21 - 10am-2pm

Maxwell Street Market History & Food

With the National Museum of Mexican Art 


Sunday, August 4 - 9am-3pm

The Big Deal

Join us as we celebrate historical Maxwell Street Market, Chicago's longest running open air market. This extravaganza will include the unveiling of a new mural created by students at Yollocalli Arts Reach, exciting food creations from celebrity chefs, live art making with the National Museum of Mexican Art, music from Chicago's great Blues and Duranguense talents, and over 125 vendors featuring goods including arts and antiques, handmade crafts, resale clothes, produce & more!

This event made possible through funding from the NEA Our Town Grant.


Sunday, August 18 - 10am-2pm

Maxwell Street Market Prints

With the National Museum of Mexican Art


Sunday, September 1, 15 & 29 - 10am-2pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 1: Luchador Masks

Sept. 15: Piñatas

Sept. 29: Mariposas


Sunday, October 6 & 20 - 10am-2pm

Reimagine Maxwell Street Market

With the National Museum of Mexican Art


Sunday, November 3 - 10am-2pm

Dia de los Muertos

With the National Museum of Mexican Art 

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