Ah, a Chicago summer. After a lengthy winter, the wind coming off the lakefront is finally warm and residents of the best city in the world emerge from their apartments pale, shielding their eyes from the newfound cloudless sky, and grateful for the ability to finally enjoy outdoor activities again. One of the best ways to get fresh, local produce in the city? Farmers Markets. Here’s the best Chicago has to offer.
Lincoln Square Farmers Market
This little market is in the perfect spot for any commuters passing through Lincoln Square– because it’s in the parking lot of the Western Brown Line! Drop by and pick up some fruit for breakfast or some dessert from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. Plants and herbs can also be found here.
When & Where: Tuesdays, 7AM – 1PM, Thursdays, 4PM – 8PM, June 5 to October 30, N Lincoln Ave & W Leland Ave
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Small, but mighty, this market is your quick stop for produce, coffee, and endless types of heirloom tomatoes. For your fill of cheese, drop by Stamper Cheese Company, then search for the crepe vendor to add some sweetness to your Sundays.
When & Where: Sundays, 8AM – 2PM, June 3 – October 28, 1425 N Damen Ave
Andersonville Farmers Market
The market many Chicagoans rave about! There’s fresh pasta, plenty of produce, and organic goods. Gorgeous blooms for your kitchen table? Get them here! If you’re not a cash carrier, not to worry, this market allows patrons to purchase tokens working just like cash via a credit/debit card.
When & Where: Wednesdays, 3PM – 8PM, May 9 – August 29, Clark St and Berwyn Ave
Green City Market at Gallagher Way
If you’re up to heading over to Wrigley Field for something other than a Cubs game, this market has all the fresh produce you could need right next to the field itself. Green City Markets are known for stands with local farmers, so postpone your next Mariano’s trip!
When & Where: Select Thursdays, 4PM – 8PM, May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 26, August 16, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 3637 N Clark St
Chicago Nettelhorst French Market
Though a smaller market with a bit less selection, there’s fresh fruit, pretzel bread, and friendly faces to brighten your Saturday mornings. Drop by here after you grab coffee at Coffee & Tea Exchange and pick up books at Unabridged Bookstore.
When & Where: Saturdays, 8AM – 2PM, April 25 – November 7, 3252 N Broadway Ave
Lincoln Park City Market
Fragrant fruits and every type of veggie imaginable are at your fingertips, here! If you have a sweet tooth, find Hoosier Mama Pie Company amongst the many vendors and grab a blueberry scone.
When & Where: Saturdays, 7AM – 1PM, June 2 – October 27, Armitage Ave and Orchard St
SOAR Farmers Market
Yummy finds in a great spot? Count us in! The Museum of Contemporary Art plays host to this market featuring chef demonstrations from local restaurants and locally grown produce, herbs, vegetables, baked goods, and prepared foods.
When & Where: Tuesdays, 7AM – 2PM, June 5 – October 30, 220 E Chicago Ave
City Market at Daley Plaza
A bit of an escape from the city, you can save a solid amount of cash shopping here over Whole Foods or your local grocery store. Before shopping on State or Michigan, grab whatever you need and more!
When & Where: Thursdays, 7AM – 3PM, May 10 – October 25, 50 W Washington St
City Market at Federal Plaza
On your way to the office, grab a buttermilk old-fashioned at Do-Rite Donuts’ small stand in this market, then walk to another vendor to find an iced coffee. If you’re at your desk and still yearning for some good food and to stretch your legs, wander back for lunch. You don’t need to eat Chipotle five times per week, anyways!
When & Where: Tuesdays, 7AM – 3PM, May 15 – October 30, Federal Plaza, 50 W Adams St
Green City Market West Loop
A market with a view, hang out near the lakefront in Mary Bartelme Park with live music, delicious food and produce. Vendors with plenty of passion for what they provide can suggest which items to purchase for you to create an excellent seasonal meal.
When & Where: Saturdays, 8AM – 1PM, June – October, 115 S Sangamon St
Hyde Park Farmers Market
Organic foods, baked goods, jams, and entertainment are just a few highlights of this market. Grab your week’s worth of groceries and maybe a few extra things while relaxing acoustic music plays in the background.
When & Where: Thursdays, 7AM – 1PM, June – October, 5300 S Harper Court
Maxwell Street Market
A Chicago tradition, you can find almost anything you need here. Amazing Mexican and Latin street food, deals on tools, rare finds, and much more can be purchased. Join in on the neighborhood fun and spend a Sunday here.
When & Where: Sundays, 7AM – 3PM all year, 619 W Taylor St
South Shore Farmers Market
This market is growing each year and will be a must visit this summer. Colorful peppers, fruits, and other vegetables are plentiful! Enjoy the beauty of the lake while browsing local produce.
When & Where: Sundays, 12PM to 5PM, June 23 – September 30, Rainbow Park Beach