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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

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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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