One of our family's favorite places to spend a spring or summer Saturday morning is the Green City Market, Chicago's premier, sustainable and seasonal farmer's market. Located in Lincoln Park, Green City Market returns this weekend, and this isn't just a farmer's market: its mission is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community.
Alice Waters calls this beloved market "the best sustainable market in the country," and it truly is a fantastic place to shop for the best fruits, veggies, and specialty gourmet products, enjoy a picnic lunch or watch a cooking demo, in the city.
Green City Market, (GCM) opens for the season at 7 a.m. this Saturday, May 3. And in honor of its 16th birthday, a full day of activities and fun are on the market menu, including:• 8:00 AM: Club Sprouts Tent Opens; Kid's Table will be doing demos and tastings at the Club Sprouts tent all day
• 9:30-10:15 AM: Edible Gardens Workshop at the Chef Demonstration Tent
• 9:30 AM: Shop the Market with chefs Sarah Stegner and Carrie Nahabedian
• 10:30 AM: Chef Demonstration tent featuring founding board member and board co-president Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe) and Carrie Nahabedian (Naha and Brindille), also a member of the board.
Club Sprouts: Green City Market For Kids
My kids especially enjoy the market's Club Sprouts program, which encourages kids to try new, locally grown sustainable foods by giving them the opportunity to taste a the flavors of the market. Each market day, kids are invited to sample a fruit or veggie and then receive a stamp on their Club Sprouts membership card. Once the card is filled with 8 tastes, kids will receive a certificate of accomplishment and a special prize. This program is a great way to expose your kids to a variety of fruits and veggies that are hard to find at your standard grocer. To participate, visit the Sprouts Tent every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.
Need To Know Details
The Green City Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through October 25 at which time it moves indoors. The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1790 N. Clark) across from the Hotel Lincoln. Discounted parking is available for $10.00 for less than two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot off of Stockton Drive. Pick up a validation ticket at the Market info booth. (for validation, patron must make a minimum $5 purchase at the market). There is a special $5 Early Bird parking rate on Wednesdays for one hour between 7am-9am.
The following CTA bus routes stop by Green City Market: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 73 Armitage, 151 Sheridan. The nearest train stops are the Sedgwick Brown line (walk east on North Ave. and north on Clark to Green City Market) and the Clark/Division Red line (walk north on Clark to Green City Market).