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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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. For the next several months (due to construction), … Read More

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

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