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For about 100 years, Maxwell Street was one of Chicago’s most unconventional business—and residential—districts. About a mile long and located in the shadow of downtown skyscrapers, it was a place where businesses grew selling anything from shoestrings to expensive clothes. Today, that tradition continues at Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.), featuring bargains and bargaining with an international flavor, year round on Sundays, 7am–3pm.
For more information about the market’s history, and Chicago’s love affair with Maxwell Street:
Chicago Tribune – Chicago’s love affair with Maxwell Street (2014)
Chicago Tribune – Remembering Maxwell Street (2014)
Wall Street Journal – This Was Maxwell Street (2008)