MANY CULTURES, MANY DREAMS, ONE STREET

For wave after wave of immigrants, Maxwell Street was their entry to America. Later, the Great Migration brought African Americans from the South. Each brought their own cultures and hopes to the vibrant street and the Market that sprang from it. In doing so, they made Chicago a richer place. LEARN MORE

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Tour the Old Maxwell Street Market area during Chicago Blues Fest

Saturday, June 10, 2017, time TBD. Meet at the corner of Maxwell & Halsted Streets in Chicago to see the neighborhood where electrified Blues was born! Chicago’s Blues Fest runs June 9-11, 2017, so take a little detour to walk the area where blues musicians plugged into outlets in storefronts to play to the crowds … Read More

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Maxwell portraits

The portraits of Dr. Philip Maxwell, for whom Chicago’s Maxwell Street is named, and his wife Jerusha are presented at St. Ignatius College Prep inside the school’s newly remodeled Main Entry that fronts the original Maxwell Street neighborhood. On loan to St. Ignatius College Prep from the Foundation through next Fall, the oil on panel paintings are believed to be … Read More

Community Partners with DePaul’s Steans Center

The Maxwell Street Foundation partnered with the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University to have students in Maxwell Street Foundation board member Janelle Walker’s “Documenting Maxwell Street and Pilsen” classes catalogue some of the Maxwell Street Foundation’s collection of historic material documenting the old Maxwell Street Market and neighborhood. Students … Read More

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