As summer paints Chicago with sunshine, the city comes alive with an abundance of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and lively community spirit at its farmers markets. These vibrant hubs of culinary exploration and local culture offer a delightful experience for residents and visitors alike. From the aroma of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to the sounds of musicians and cheerful chatter of vendors, Chicago’s farmers markets beckon food enthusiasts and seekers of local treasures!
Explore the renowned Daley Plaza Farmers Market, a beloved fixture in the heart of the Loop. Discover an abundant selection of seasonal produce along with a tempting array of prepared foods. Indulge in gourmet grilled cheese, mouthwatering empanadas, delectable raclette sandwiches, flavorful Thai dishes and much more–all in the shadow of Chicago’s famous Picasso sculpture!
Thursdays | May 11 – Oct. 26 | 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
50 W. Washington St.
Fulfill your Sundays by heading to Bronzeville City Market, where a bounty of fresh produce awaits. Gather ripe fruits and vegetables to adorn your seasonal cuisine while immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling market. Expect an array of vendors each week, with occasional visits by local chefs.
Sundays | July 9 – Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4700 S. King Dr.
With locations in Lincoln Park and the West Loop, Green City Market has been supporting local farmers since 1999. It has become celebrated for requiring all its vendors to be certified for their commitment to the environment and humane treatment of animals. Some of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants even source their ingredients from Green City Market!
Saturdays | April 1 – Nov. 18 | 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays | May 3 – Oct. 25 | 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1817 N. Clark St.
West Loop Location:
Saturdays | May 6 – Nov. 18 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
115 S. Sangamon St.
Experience the best of Lincoln Square Farmers Market with morning and evening options to cater to busy Chicagoans. Explore 40 vendors each week, featuring local farmers, artisans and food purveyors from across the city. This haven for fresh, local delights is also boasting an extended season for its Tuesday morning market.
Tuesdays | May 2 – Nov. 21 | 7 a.m. – noon
Thursdays | May 4 – Oct. 27 | 3 – 7 p.m.
N. Lincoln & W. Leland Aves.
Restock your shelves midweek at Pullman Farmers Market. Cherished by locals, this charming market offers an array of delights. Explore vibrant blooms, crisp produce and organic spices that cater to all. Dedicated farmers satisfy every visiting foodie, so stop by to gather some quality local goods.
Wednesdays | July 5 – Oct. 25 | 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Embrace the community spirit at the Austin Town Hall City Market, where vendors represent local businesses and organizations. This vibrant experience celebrates innovation and supports small enterprises, offering visitors entertainment and engagement. Attend a class, unleash creativity in the kid zone or explore the vendors’ diverse offerings.
Thursdays | June 8 – Oct. 27 | 1 – 6 p.m.
5610 W. Lake St.
Don’t miss the resilient West Humboldt Park Farmers Market. Despite challenges, it thrived in 2020, supplying fresh produce boxes during the pandemic. With six tables and lively music, it’s a must-stop spot. Experience a market that deeply cares for its community, offering both nourishment and entertainment.
Saturdays | June 4 – Oct. 1 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3701 W. Chicago Ave.
Written by Bridget McGann