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

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

Angel Needed for the Iconic Blues Bus from the Historic Maxwell Street Market

The iconic Blues Bus originally operated at the historic Maxwell Street Market under the ownership of its creators, John and Marie Johnson, who travelled in the 1972 Chevy bus painted blue to sell recordings of blues music. Stored by benefactors to the Maxwell Street Foundation on gated parking lots since 2004, in September 2018 vandals successfully removed the … Read More

Display of Maxwell portraits extended at Saint Ignatius College Prep

The portraits of Dr. Philip Maxwell, for whom Chicago’s Maxwell Street is named, and his wife Jerusha are presented at Saint Ignatius College Prep inside the school’s Main Entry that has fronted the Maxwell Street neighborhood since 1869. On loan to Saint Ignatius College Prep from the Maxwell Street Foundation, the oil on panel paintings are believed to … 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

Exhibit of Photographs at the Harold Washington Library Center

An exhibition of the Maxwell Street Foundation Collection, a curated collection of photographs from the Maxwell Street Market by prominent photographers, concluded its display at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago at 400 S. State Street in Chicago on June 30. The exhibition featured work by photographers Tom Arndt, Patty Carroll, Ron Gordon, James … Read More