Donor visit to see the Maxwell portraits displayed at Saint Ignatius College Prep

The portraits of Dr. Philip Maxwell, for whom Chicago’s Maxwell Street is named, and his wife Jerusha are displayed at Saint Ignatius College Prep inside the school’s Main Entry that has fronted the Maxwell Street neighborhood since 1869.  Currently on loan to Saint Ignatius, the portraits were donated to the Maxwell Street Foundation by Leslie Heaton … Read More

Dramatic Changes to the Maxwell Street Blues Bus in 2019

The iconic Blues Bus that had sold blues music and celebrated blues musicians at the historic Maxwell Street Market under the ownership of its creators, John and Marie Johnson, has undergone dramatic changes in 2019.  In September it was ravaged by skilled vandals who, in broad daylight over the course of three consecutive days (as reported), cut … Read More

Maxwell Street and Maxwell Street Market Tour for the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Making Futures collaboration between the University of the Arts Berlin and the practitioners’ collective raumlabor requested a Maxwell Street walking tour, drawn to board member Dr. Janelle Walker’s dissertation posted on the Maxwell Street Foundation website.  The group convened in Chicago to conduct a mobile workshop for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020) about “care-responsive … Read More

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!

The passing of our DCASE friend Ron Salazar

Ron Salazar, a friend to the Maxwell Street Foundation and to the city of Chicago, passed away suddenly on January 26, 2019.  Ron worked for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and prior to that for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE).  In his roles throughout that time, Ron was instrumental … Read More

Final months of Maxwell Street architectural remnant display at Saint Ignatius College Prep

In April, the Maxwell Street Foundation mounted a display of seven architectural remnants that it collected from Maxwell Street neighborhood buildings between the years 1995 and 2001.  The remnants, selected from buildings formerly located at 811-813 W. Roosevelt, 1215-1217 S. Halsted, 723-725 W. Roosevelt, and 1328-1338 S. Halsted, augment the formal presentation of the oil … Read More

StoryCorps Interview with Maxwell Street photographers

On June 2, 2018, photographers/artists Ken Josephson and Tom Palazzolo met with Lori Grove, President of the Maxwell Street Foundation, at the StoryCorps studio to talk about Maxwell Street memories of the original marketplace where Ken and Tom had often photographed.  Their collective memories spanned the last forty years of the Market when on Maxwell … Read More