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

Upcoming Events

Maxwell Street Neighborhood Walking Tour

Saturday May 13, 10:00 a.m. Meet outside in the cul de sac west of Marie Robinson Hall (811 West Maxwell Street) for a guided walking tour of the Historic Maxwell Street Neighborhood!  Known for its former market, street food, merchandise and shops, the tour will include virtual sites as well as an interpretation of the present-day redevelopment. The … Read More

Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market

Sunday May 14, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Visit the Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market on the east side of Desplaines Street, just south of Taylor Street. Purchase books, T-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history!  The Maxwell Street Market is in its 105th year of continuous operation as Chicago’s official open-air Market, and … Read More

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Maxwell Street Collection – portfolio display in UIC’s College of Business

The Maxwell Street Collection portfolio of photographs are mounted for display by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Business on the 11th Floor of University Hall through October 2017.  The  limited edition portfolio features the Maxwell Street neighborhood through the eyes of 11 Chicago photographers: Tom Arndt, Patty Carroll, Ron Gordon, James Iska, … Read More

Visit the “New” Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor. The market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise—from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare finds and collectibles—and some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in Chicago.  Open to the pubic free of charge every … Read More

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