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Chicago City Markets Make a Fresh Return This Year

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago
Photo Credit: City of Chicago

Photo Credit: City of Chicago

It’s that time of year! Chicago City Markets, presented by Country Financial, returns to neighborhoods throughout the city for the spring and summer seasons.

The season kicks off with the opening of the Daley Plaza Market on Thursday, May 11 at 11:30am and the famous Maxwell Street Market on Sunday, May 14 at 7am. These are just some of the more popular markets where you can find fresh seasonal produce, flowers, grab-and-go street food, local handmade products, and rare items.

“Our markets provide residents with access to fresh and healthy food – and unique Chicago-made products and other merchandise – but they also bring communities together, many offering live music and other cultural activities,” says Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

All outdoor markets in Chicago are now managed under one program, and the city has made an effort to provide fresh, quality produce to low-income and low-access neighborhoods by instituting seasonal markets in these new areas.

This community-focused initiative has also reached out to Chicago Public Schools, giving students an opportunity to submit designs for bags in the 10th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest. Created from the theme, “Give, Grow, and Be Green,” the winning student’s design will be used in city markets throughout the season. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 6 at 4pm.

See the complete list of markets throughout Chicago below:


Maxwell Street Market

Desplaines Street and Taylor Street

Year-round, 7am – 3pm

Bronzeville Market

47th Street and King Drive

July 16 – September 10, 8am – 1pm


Federal Plaza

Adams Street and Dearborn Parkway

May 16 – October 31, 7am – 3pm

Columbus Park

Congress Parkway & Central Avenue

July 11 – September 12, 2pm – 7pm

Lincoln Square

2301 West Leland Avenue

June 6 – October 31, 7am – 1pm

North Lawndale Market

1420 South Albany Avenue

August 29 – October 31, 2:30pm – 5:30pm


La Follette Park

1333 North Laramie Avenue

July 12 – September 13, 2pm – 7pm


111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue

July 5 – October 25, 7am – 1pm

Roseland Market

109th Street and Wentworth Avenue

August 30 – November 1, 2:30pm – 5:30pm


Daley Plaza

50 West Washington Street

May 11 – October 26, 7am – 3pm

Austin Market

Chicago Avenue and Mayfield Avenue

July 13 – September 14, 2pm – 7pm


Division Street

Division Street and Dearborn Parkway

May 13 – October 28, 7am – 1pm

Englewood/Anchor House

76th Street and Racine Avenue

July 15 – September 16, 8am – 1pm

Lincoln Park

Armitage Avenue and Orchard Street

June 3 – October 28, 7am – 1pm

Printers Row

Dearborn Street and Polk Street

June 17 – October 28, 7am – 1pm

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