Farmers Markets and Accessible Places to Find Fresh Food in Chicago

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Skip the long lines at the grocery store and opt for seasonal fresh produce, flowers, or other unique goods from a local farmers market instead. From historic markets on Maxwell street to pop-up markets, this list provides you with a guide to community and neighborhood farmers’ markets and other accessible food resources near you, in the city of Chicago.

In partnership with non-profit organization Experimental Station, city-sponsored markets will offer the Link Up Illinois program, which allows SNAP and Link holders to be credited up to $25 per card swipe at various markets. We’ve indicated these markets with an “L” next to their listing. Full detailed explanations of the benefits can be found on the organization’s website.

Below is a list of local farmers’ markets and accessible food resource information in Chicago: 

What are farmers markets?

Farmers’ markets are not new concepts, however, their approach over time has certainly changed. Markets are no longer reserved for just farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers. Instead, these markets have evolved to include other seasonal items, flowers, prepared foods, locally made goods, and more. In cities like Chicago, market operating hours remain fairly sacred, like the historic Maxwell Street Market which is a Sunday-only affair. Others continue to expand their offerings, forms of payment, services, and more on this timeless cultural concept.

A complete List of farmers markets in Chicago

Green City Market(L)

Discover the best of the Midwest at Green City Market in Lincoln Park and the West Loop. The market features dozens of local, sustainable farmers and food producers as well as community programs for all ages, plus more from April through October. To learn more about this market, visit Green City

Operating Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturdays(Lincoln Park only) through April. Wednesday(Lincoln Park only) and Saturdays(both locations), 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., May through October.

Pullman City Market (L)

Located in the historic Pullman district of Chicago, the Pullman city market is your one-stop-shop for fresh vegetables, fruit, & seedlings to satisfy all your farmer’s market needs. The Pullman City Market will open starting July 6th through October 6th at 1100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. To learn more, visit the market website here.

Operating Hours: Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Daley Plaza City Market (L)

The Daley Plaza City market operates between July 23rd through October 29th at 50 W. Washington St. This market located in the Loop will offer baked goods, fresh produce, and more at the downtown location. To learn more, visit the market website here.

Operating Hours: Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Austin Town Hall City Market (L)

The Austin Town Hall City Market operates from July 9th through October 27th at 5610 W. Lake St. This city-managed market will offer fresh food and produce to community residents. To learn more about the Austin Town Hall City Market, visit the market website here.

Operating Hours: Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Lincoln Square Farmers Market

The Lincoln Square Farmers Market offers markets twice a week during the summer and fall seasons. Discover over 40 vendors each week at the Lincoln Square Farmers Market. Located in the heart of Lincoln Square, the market connects local farmers, artisans, and food purveyors to the Northside of Chicago. The season kicks off in May and runs until November. For a detailed list of vendors and more information, visit the website here.

Operating Hours: Tuesdays, 7:00am – 12:00pm. Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

DIvision Street City Market (L)

The Division Street City Market operates from July 9th through October 27th at 100 W. Division St. This city-managed market will offer products and goods from local merchants. To learn more, visit the market website here.

Operating Hours: Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Horner park Farmers Market

The Horner Park Farmer’s market is an open-air food market where local farmers and sustainable food producers gather to sell their goods to the local community. This market seeks to enhance the quality of life in the greater Horner Park area by supporting environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture, encouraging direct communication between growers and consumers, and providing an environment that fosters social gathering and interaction. This weekly market opens from June 4 to October 1, 2022, with a possible extension to October 22, 2022. For details about this market as well as the current COVID-19 protocols, visit the website here.

Operating Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mercado de colores

Mercado de Colores is located at Manuel Perez Memorial Plaza on 4345 W. 26th St from June 4th through October 1st. The mission of this market is to offer a safe space for residents and local producers to share food and agroecological products and resources. Community initiatives include Bee-utiful Honey & Candles, Cedillo’s Fresh produce, and Contemporary Farmer, Inc. To learn more about this year around initiatives, visit Mercado de

Operating Hours: Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hyde Park Farmers Market (L)

Shoppers can find fresh produce from local Illinois farms, freshly baked bread and desserts, beautiful plants, packaged foods, personal beauty supplies, and traditional farmers’ market fare. This market takes place from June 5th through September 25th. Several market vendors accept Mastercard and Visa card payments in addition to cash. For more details about this market, be sure to visit their Facebook page.

Operating Hours: Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

West Humboldt Park City Market (L)

The community market located in Humboldt Park will offer farm-fresh produce and local goods in partnership with NHS Chicago. The market is located at 3601 W. Chicago Ave. between June 4th through October 1st. This market accepts Link, cash, card, WIC & Seniors farmers market nutrition coupons. For more details about this market, visit the market Facebook page.

Operating Hours: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Maxwell Street Market

The historic market promotes entrepreneurship and provides opportunities for small businesses, including farmers, artists, makers, restaurateurs, and re-sellers. Located at 800 S. Desplaines St., the market takes place from April 3rd through December 18th. Plan your visit to this South Loop market by visiting the website here.

Operating Hours: Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bronzeville City Market (L)

The Bronzeville City Market is a market that is perfect for the entire family. The Sunday market takes place at 4700 S. King Dr. between July 10th through October 16th. The weekly market offers fresh baked goods, fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, and more. To learn more about this community market, visit the website here.

Operating Hours: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

61st Street Farmers Market (L)

The 61st Street Farmers Market on the south side of Chicago’s premier farmers market takes place from May 14th through October 29th. Straddling the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, offering the freshest produce, meat, cheese, vegan and prepared foods from local and regional farms. For more details about the 61st Street Market, visit Experimental

Operating Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

andersonville Farmers Market (L)

The Andersonville Farmers market features over a dozen vendors offering organic produce, cheese, preserves, baked goods, and more. The market is located on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue and takes place from May 11th through October 19th. Check out this year’s vendors by visiting the website here.

Operating Hours: Mondays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Uptown Farmers Market

The Uptown Farmers Market connects residents in the area with the region’s best-farmed good and locally produced foods. The market is located at Wilson and Broadway, rain or shine from May 4th until November 2nd. For a full list of vendors at the market, visit Uptown Farmers Market.

Operating Hours: Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Logan Square Farmer’s Market (L)

The Logan Square Farmer’s Market is one of the only weekly, year-round Farmer’s Markets in the City of Chicago. It operates in two distinct seasons at two separate locations on Sundays throughout the year. Check out the full list of vendors for the winter and summer markets by visiting the website here.

Operating Hours: Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Find more Food resources in Chicago

Pop-up markets: Having access to healthy food resources for all communities is important. From mobile markets to farm stands, organizations like Forty Acres and Chicago Patchwork Farms make it possible for all residents in Chicago to gain access to nutrition resources within their area.

Year around markets and community grocery stores: Several community-focused markets offer fresh produce and goods at affordable prices throughout the year in Chicago. These markets include 61st St. Experimental StationSoul City Community Market, and Plant Chicago.

Free meals for families: If you need fresh and nutritious food, no questions asked, organizations such as Care for Real and Find Food Illinois make it easy to find free food or meals near you.

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