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The 17 best farmers markets in Chicago

Use our Chicago farmers market guide to find fruit, flowers, sweets and veggies all across the city

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Lindsay Eanet
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We're just as excited about going to the beach as you are, but one underappreciated aspect of summer life in Chicago is the beginning of farmers market season. From Andersonville to Woodlawn, neighborhoods across the city bring in Midwestern vendors selling fresh fruits, veggies, meat and more. You'll spot locavores buying bags full of food, chefs from top Chicago restaurants shopping for produce and residents stopping by for a snack while they browse the stalls. And the markets are more than just food stalls—many have live entertainment and kid-friendly activities too! So make some plans to explore and savor the best farmers markets in Chicago this summer.

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Chicago's best farmers markets

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  • Logan Square

Logan Blvd and Milwaukee Ave, Sundays 9am–3pm, May 8–October 30

A section of Logan Square's historic boulevard hosts this popular neighborhood market, which welcomes vendors from as far as Michigan and Wisconsin. Each week, you'll find live music, fun family activities, fresh fruits and veggies, pastries and some tasty dishes being cooked on-site. Arrive early, because this market gets picked over pretty quickly.

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  • Lincoln Park

Clark St and Lincoln Ave, Wednesdays 7am–1pm and Saturdays 8am–1pm, May 18–November 19

One of the largest farmers markets in Chicago comes to Lincoln Park two days a week, setting up between Clark Street and Stockton Drive on the south end of the park. The Saturday market boasts the largest lineup of vendors (and the biggest crowds), but you'll find chef demos and delicious bites at every market. A smaller second West Loop outpost can be found at Mary Bartelme Park on Saturdays from May through October.

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Southport Brown Line Station Auxiliary Exit, Tuesdays 3–7pm, June 7–October 11

Born out of an effort to activate public space under the Brown Line, this highly curated market in West Lakeview hosts nearly two dozen vendors sharing locally-grown fruits, herbs,  vegetables and flowers, jams and honeys, olive oils, homemade candles and skincare products, and much more. Grab a freshly-made tamale from Tamales Express or empanada from Jonny Empanada to munch on while you leisurely browse.

 

Davis Square Park (45th and Marshfield), Saturdays, June 4–November 5

Plant Chicago, an educational nonprofit with a mission to cultivate local circular economies, hosts a Farmers Market featuring produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, vegan treats, body products, and more from a collection of hyper-local small businesses, the majority of which are BIPOC owned and operated. You can also enjoy live music, prepared food, and family-friendly activities (including yoga, dance lessons, and STEM workshops) on a rotating basis. And if you're looking to get into composting, bring your food scraps—Plant Chicago will take them to a local composting facility for free.
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Polk Street and Desplaines Street, Sundays 9am–3pm, April 3–December 18

This street market dates all the way back to the early 1900s, when immigrant families would sell goods out of pushcarts. Today, the market remains an international experience of bargain hunting. You'll find furniture, clothes, household items, collectibles and some truly delicious Mexican food, in addition to a range of seasonal produce. 

Englewood Village Plaza (58th & Halsted), Saturdays 10am–2pm, June 18 –October 29

Grow Greater Englewood hosts the Englewood Village Farmers Market, now in its third year. This dynamic, engaging market features fresh produce from local farmers, local partners like Growing Home and Urban Growers Collective, chef demos and goods from Black-owned businesses. Live music is a cornerstone of the market, with DJs and bands curated by Erik Jones of Sound Voyage and a Drum Circle for Peace led by local jazz legend Ernest Dawkins. Stick around to learn about the proposed Englewood Nature Trail, a two-mile linear park that will serve as a connector between Englewood's growing network of urban farms and gardens.

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Plaza Tenochtitlan (1821 S Blue Island Ave), Sundays 9am–3pm, May 22–October 30

This community market, which has been serving Pilsen and beyond for more than a decade, has everything from fruits and vegetables to honey, pastries, jewelry, apparel, plants and even Tarot readings. Pick up some produce from Parra Farms and honey from Westside Bee Boyz, and then snack on a delicious pupusa from Pupusas El Cipote before getting your Tarot read. 

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  • Grand Boulevard

4700 S King Drive, Sundays 10am–2pm, July 10– October 16

Located just south of McCormick Place (easily accessible via the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station) this farmers market starts later in the summer but keeps the produce coming for more than three months. 

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  • Near South Side

Printers Row Park (632 S Dearborn St), Saturdays 9am–1pm, May 28–October 15

The charming Printers Row Park plays home to this leisurely weekend favorite, one of two farmers markets (and an online market) in the South Loop Farmers Market umbrella. At this one, you'll find everything from kombucha and vegan empanadas to traditional bagels from Zeitlins Delicatessen to Filipino baked goods from Tropicake Chicago. 

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  • Wicker Park

Damen Ave and Wicker Park Ave, Sundays 8am–2pm, May 15–October 30

If 46 vendors aren't enough of a draw for you to come to this lively Wicker Park Sunday market, maybe the weekly complimentary market programming—which includes free yoga, meditation and storytime for kids—will be. The market is also committed to sustainability, with plastic-free vendors and composting.

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  • Andersonville

Berwyn Ave and Ashland Ave, Wednesdays 3–7pm, May 11–October 19

Nearly 30 vendors set up at this popular North Side neighborhood market, and while you will certainly find quality fresh farmstand staples here, it's a must-visit for farmers market fans looking for something more unique. Pick up some soup from Karl's Craft Soups or savory rice balls from Onigiri KORORIN, take-home arancini from Sfera or even seasonally flavored baklava from Sheekar Delights. And don't forget the bread from Andersonville staple Lost Larson.

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6100 S. Blackstone Avenue (61st & Dorchester), Saturdays 9am–2pm, May 14–October 29

Experimental Station's market straddles the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods and showcases local agricultural producers like Star Farms, Growing Home and Mint Creek Farm. Don't miss the desserts from Yashica's Treats So Divine or the fresh, sweet Michigan blueberries from Joe's Blues. 

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  • Lincoln Square

Western Ave and Leland Ave, Tuesdays 7am–noon, (May through November) and Thursdays 3–7pm (May through October)

Conveniently located in a parking lot by the Western Brown Line station, you've got two chances each week to visit this popular farmers market. You can find more than 40 vendors between the two markets, so you have more than enough reasons to stop at both. The fresh donuts at Dinky Delights at the Tuesday market are worth getting up early for, or treat yourself at the Thursday market with German cookies from Zimt Bakery.

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  • Portage Park

Irving Park Rd and Long Ave, select dates here

On select Sundays in the summer, this farmers market sets up in the neighborhood's namesake park. You can browse fresh fruits, veggies, honey and bread, along with coffee from local staple Perkolator for most of the summer and part of the fall, or grab some sweet treats like Italian ice from Little Lulu's and crepes from Gotta B Crepes.

Northcenter Town Square (4100 N Damen Ave), Saturdays 8am–1pm, June–October 

The renovated Northcenter Town Square hosts this growing Saturday market, home to staple produce, meat, cheese and honey producers alongside some unique offerings. Grab a croissant from La Provence or rugelach from Schmaltz and Vinegar and stay a while—the market sometimes features local musicians at the Town Square's pavilion area, balloon art, used book sales or other fun community happenings.

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2100 W 95th St, Sundays 8am–1pm starting May 15

Beverly and Morgan Park neighbors gather on Sundays for this dynamic Southwest Side market, where you can catch live music, face painting and even an occasional petting zoo amidst the eclectic vendor lineup that includes BBQ, fresh-pressed juices, heirloom seedlings and tamales. The community tent connects neighbors to a variety of local organizations focused on health, education, environmental awareness and much more. 

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