The Big Deal at Maxwell Street Market

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Sunday, August 4, 9am–3pm

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

Free Admission

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Celebrate the historic Maxwell Street Market, Chicago's longest running open air market. 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.



Plus throughout the day

  • Chicago-based artists Yvette Mayorga and William Estrada are creating a portrait series of Maxwell Street Market vendors, some of whom have over 40 years of history with the market. This commission is part of MAS+ ART at Maxwell, a creative placemaking initiative led by Paola Aguirre Serrano of Borderless Studio LLC.
  • Temporary interactive exhibitions will also be presented by Jane Addams Hull House Museum with images and artifacts from its collection and by the Maxwell Street Market Foundation with a display of photos, signs and other ephemera.
  • The Chicago Cubs invite fans to take photos against a green screen and add their choice of Cubs backdrops.
  • And, the ever-popular Jumping Jack


Featured vendors for the day include

  • Chicago Fair Trade will have a fair trade pop-up bazaar with handmade, one-of-a-kind and eco-friendly items made by women’s cooperatives
  • Sweet Beginnings with locally harvested honey and custom bath products
  • Sandra’s Bags with handmade leather purses displaying the Chicago flag
  • Crafted with hand-beaded artisan jewelry
  • Kimski/Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar with a modern take on the Maxwell Street Polish
  • Marz Community Brewing Co with a limited release “Maxwell Street Lager” beer.


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.

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