Free Day of the Dead Celebration Maxwell Street Market
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:30am-2pm
Where: Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.
The the Day of the Dead will include a mural dedication, art workshops, music, great food and more!
10:30am – Mural Dedication at the corner of Roosevelt and Desplaines (on the I. Weinberg Hosiery Co. building – 632 W. Roosevelt).
“Road to Paradise” or “Camino al Paraíso”, created by Josue Aldana, displays the narrative of the Maxwell Street Market and the story of the migrant workers through the usage of surrealist folklore of Mexico.
11am-2pm – Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Maxwell Street Market will include an ofrenda (altar) making workshop, pumpkin decorating, live band, DJ and more.
Celebrate the Birthday of the Maxwell Street Market created by City ordinance on October 21, 1912
The market will also celebrate its Birthday throughout the day. For more than a century, Maxwell Street was one of Chicago’s most unconventional businesses featuring bargains and bargaining with an international flavor.
History of Maxwell Street Market per the Chicago Public Library
- Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market s heyday was between the 1930s and the 1960s.
- Maxwell Street Market started within a few blocks on the Near West Side in a heavily immigrant neighborhood not far from Jane Addams’ settlement house around Maxwell and Union Streets.
- The Maxwell Street Market began around the 1870s, but it was not until 1912 that Chicago passed an ordinance making it an official public market.
- Located outside of the central business district, the market was free from the barriers that could deter would-be pushcart owners. Clientele was welcome from all walks of life and Maxwell Street quickly became a thriving produce and goods market.
- In the 1990s, the University of Illinois at Chicago expanded and ended the market. The city designated Canal Street as the market’s new location. The name of the market did not change after relocation.