Chicago's farmers markets support both a healthy lifestyle and the local economy by inviting over a hundred vendors to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the city. Get a taste of the local food scene in Chicago and add one of these dining destinations to your foodie itinerary.
Discover the bounty of the Midwest and rub elbows with the city's top chefs. With a commitment to locally grown, sustainable produce, Green City Market works to connect local farmers and producers to restaurateurs and the public. Drawn from 5 Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin), the incredible selection runs the gamut from:
- Aged cheese, cheese spreads and warm, baked cheese
- Jars and jars of sweet pickles, spicy pickles, jams, jellies and relish
- Charcuterie, sausages and bacon plus grass-fed beef, chicken, pork and lamb
- Fresh-baked artisanal breads, focaccias, croissants, scones and baguettes
- Small-batch whiskey and organic spirits
Two locations and a full calendar of dates offer plenty of options for pickin' (and eating!) each week:
Location: between Clark and Stockton Drive (1817 N. Clark)
Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-1pm
Sun-filled Saturdays at the outdoor Lincoln Park market — which runs May through October — are a perennial favorite. Shop, taste and take home goodies from the edible spread. Over 50 farmers and vendors camp out in the lakefront park, while local chefs educate the crowds at free cooking demos. In the winter months, the market moves indoors to the nearby Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Location: southeast corner of Halsted and Fulton Streets (799 W. Fulton Market)
Dates: Saturdays, 9am-2pm
A recent expansion of the Green City Market brings the fun over to this hip West Loop district, which is steps from Chicago's "Restaurant Row" on Randolph Street. A summer-only market, the Fulton location sets up shop from June to October.
For almost 20 years, the not-for-profit organization has offered an open-to-the-public marketplace, educational opportunities, and special events — all to support small family farms and promote a healthier Chicago.
Hang out with locals at this Sunday neighborhood gathering spot that exudes low-key cool. Summers draw nice crowds — everyone from bearded hipster residents, to young couples with dogs at their sides, to stroller-pushing families — to the neighborhood's historic thoroughfare (3107 W. Logan Boulevard), where there is not only great food to be had but also music entertainment from local performers. Fill your tote bag with goodies and eat up like a localvore at this independently-run operation that began in 2005. Visiting over the fall or winter months? Don't fret. The Logan Square Farmers Market moves indoors when the weather cools.
Located in the Loop, the Chicago French Market is the only year-round, indoor market place with over 30 local vendors selling everything from fresh ingredients to specialty gifts. Make your way to the lower level of the Metra Train Station (131 N. Clinton) for stand after stand of culinary treats. Market vendor specialties include:
- Artisanal cheeses and baked goods
- Charcuterie, including locally-made prosciutto and Montreal-style smoked meat
- Authentic dishes from Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Indian and other ethnic cuisines
- Belgian frites, served with mayonnaise and ketchup in paper cones
- Natural, locally homemade soaps and bath essentials
The European-inspired, West Loop food hall is open Monday-Saturday and is perfect as a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner spot... or for spending a few hours browsing the delicious goods and chatting with the local purveyors.
Operated by the City of Chicago, these community farmers markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the city. From the Loop's Daley Plaza up to Lincoln Square and down to Pullman, they sprout up every spring and summer season with the freshest picks from area farmers and artisans.
Visit chicagofarmersmarkets.us for a detailed schedule and full list of locations for this year.