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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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

Muddy Waters Mural on State Street

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted a rainbow-colored mural of blues legend Muddy Waters in 2016. Muddy Waters gained acclaim playing clubs on the South and West sides in the 1940s and ’50s and through his hits at Chess Records, based in Chicago. The mural, which is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor project to … Read More

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