The Maxwell Street Foundation seeks your Maxwell Street story!

The Maxwell Street Foundation has been a Partner with StoryCorps for the past five years during which time numerous interviews were conducted at the Maxwell Street Market on Sundays and in the StoryCorps studio, the latter of which occurred during Blues Fest and for specially themed interviews with Maxwell Street photographers, donors and other friends.  … Read More

The Maxwell Street Blues Bus needs support in 2020!

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, underwent 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 away … Read More

The Maxwell Street Foundation is fundraising!

The Maxwell Street Foundation seeks funds for the conservation of the first in its collection of signs:  the Vienna Beef Hot Dog sign.  Collected by members of the Maxwell Street Foundation c. 1995 after the Maxwell Street Market was closed at its historic sight, the iconic hot dog sign speaks to the Vienna Beef company’s … Read More

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

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