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

Maxwell Street Foundation at the New Market

Sunday, May 19, 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

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 Heritage Fest

Saturday, September 14, 2019 — This free event on Maxwell Street between Halsted and Union will feature music from the great heritage of the old Maxwell Street Market. The Maxwell Street Foundation will be vending t-shirts and books there too! Come out hear some great music at the Birthplace of the Electric Blues! More info to … Read More

Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market

Sunday, April 14, 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 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