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

The Big Deal

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that shopping and street fair will go up a notch at “The Big Deal” on Sunday, August 4, at the historic Maxwell Street market presented by Humana (800 S. Desplaines St.). From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the free festivities include the … Read More

Maxwell Street Heritage Fest

Saturday, September 14, 2019 — This free event on Maxwell Street between Halsted and Union will feature music from the great heritage of the old Maxwell Street Market. The Maxwell Street Foundation will be vending t-shirts and books there too! Come out hear some great music at the Birthplace of the Electric Blues! More info to … Read More

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Donation of Artifact

At our April meeting, board member Peter Pero donated this pressboard sign from one of the hot dog stands formerly near Maxwell and Halsted Streets to our collection of historic artifacts and papers. Thanks Peter!

Maxwell Street Architectural Artifacts Exhibit at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library

These architectural fragments from buildings formerly along Maxwell Street, Halsted Street, and Roosevelt Road help tell the story of the built environment and commerce at the old Maxwell Street Market. On display from January through May 15, 2019 Richard J. Daley Library for Special Collections and University Archives 801 S. Morgan St. at the University … Read More

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