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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

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Past Events

Maxwell Street Foundation at the New Maxwell Street Market

From April through October in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Maxwell Street Foundation will keep a seasonal presence at the New Maxwell Street Market by a history display of photos, books, T-shirts and posters. Shoppers have one-stop shopping at the Market to show their love of Maxwell Street!  The Market is open to the public … Read More

Maxwell Street’s Last Hope

“Maxwell Street’s Last Hope” at Uri­-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted, Chicago, June 10- July 1, 2016 Opening Friday, June 10, 2016 from 6­-10 pm with live music: Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band, featuring Killer Ray Allison, Rasheed Stewart Muhammad, & Chris Alexander. MAXWELL STREET’S LAST HOPE will explore the meager resources that … Read More

Printers’ Row Book Fair

June 11-12, 2016. Join the Maxwell Street Foundation at the famous annual Printers’ Row Book Fair to buy Maxwell Street history publications, including Chicago’s Maxwell Street by Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski, Arcadia Publishing, Inc., 2002.

North Lawndale Arts & Culture Festival

August 6, 2016. Join the Maxwell Street Foundation and other arts and culture organizations at Douglas Park Fieldhouse in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Many residents of the old Maxwell Street neighborhood moved to Lawndale?for?upward mobility or due to displacement by urban renewal. This is the first annual festival!

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