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

Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market

Sunday, September 15, 2019 — The Maxwell Street Foundation will be at the New Maxwell Street Market in Chicago to sell a variety of Maxwell Street-themed items ranging from books to posters and T-shirts, and to converse about Maxwell Street and the Market. It’s also Family Day September 15, featuring live family portraits by William Estrada … Read More

The Big Deal

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce that shopping and street fair will go up a notch at “The Big Deal” on Sunday, August 4, at the historic Maxwell Street market presented by Humana (800 S. Desplaines St.). From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the free festivities include the … Read More

Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market

Sunday, June 30, 2019 — The Maxwell Street Foundation will be at the New Maxwell Street Market in Chicago to sell a variety of Maxwell Street-themed items ranging from books to posters and T-shirts, and for good conversation about Maxwell Street and the Market.  You can also shop for selected items on our website at maxwellstreetfoundation.org/support-us, … Read More

Maxwell Street: Capturing the Essence of a Remembered/Forgotten Place

Book discussion by author Tim Cresswell, moderated by Daniel Black For decades, people from across the city flocked to Maxwell Street to buy and sell goods, play and listen to blues, and encounter new foods and cultures. Yet, remnants of what some had described as “the Ellis Island of the Midwest” have long been lost … Read More