Maxwell Street Market: Thrift Shopping every Sunday
When: Every Sunday, 7 am – 3 pm Free Admission.
Where: 800 S. Desplaines from Polk to Taylor streets. There’s limited FREE parking on Desplaines from Harrison to Polk, and on Desplaines from Taylor to Roosevelt.
The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor and an eclectic mix of food and merchandise.
Maxwell Street Market is open year-round with FREE programming, street food, artisan goods, fresh produce and unique finds.
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.