Whether you're an aspiring locavore or just want some delicious chocolate truffles, you can't pass up Chicago farmers markets, which span from Uptown to Lincoln Park and beyond. Many Chicago restaurants source their ingredients from the markets, so you'll recognize some vendors and spot chefs out and about. Here's our guide to where you can buy local produce this summer, broken down by day of the week.
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Sunday farmers markets
Located along the neighborhood's historic boulevard, the Logan Square Farmers Market occurs on 10am-3pm every Sunday from May 15–October 25. The market draws vendors from Wisconsin, Michigan and southern Illinois, featuring plenty of seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and fresh baked goods. Arrive early to beat the crowds, grab your groceries and enjoy a meal from Chicago Diner, Spencer's Jolly Posh or Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese.
Each Sunday, a small horde of farmers, vendors and shoppers descend on Wicker Park for the neighborhood's farmers' market, which features fresh regional goods. The market typically begins in May and ends sometime in October when the chill of fall begins to set in. The Wicker Park Farmers' Market is held 8am-2pm on Sundays from June 12-October 30.
Tuesday farmers markets
Wednesday farmers markets
The largest farmers' market in Chicago, Green City Market is held 7am–1pm on boths Wednesdays and Saturdays from May 7–October 29 in Lincoln Park. The market is held 7am–1pm on Saturdays from June 4–October 29 at the Fulton location. During the indoor season, you can find the Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Museum on Saturdays from November through April. Vendors include Ellis Farms, Nordic Creamery and Mint Creek Farm. Plus, there are chef demos, workshops and more.