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Visit the “New” Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor. The market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise—from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare finds and collectibles—and some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in Chicago. For the next several months (due to construction), … Read More

Maxwell portraits

The portraits of Dr. Philip Maxwell, for whom Chicago’s Maxwell Street is named, and his wife Jerusha are presented at St. Ignatius College Prep inside the school’s newly remodeled Main Entry that fronts the original Maxwell Street neighborhood. On loan to St. Ignatius College Prep from the Foundation through next Fall, the oil on panel paintings are believed to be … Read More

Community Partners with DePaul’s Steans Center

The Maxwell Street Foundation partnered with the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University to have students in Maxwell Street Foundation board member Janelle Walker’s “Documenting Maxwell Street and Pilsen” classes catalogue some of the Maxwell Street Foundation’s collection of historic material documenting the old Maxwell Street Market and neighborhood. Students … Read More

Muddy Waters Mural on State Street

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted a rainbow-colored mural of blues legend Muddy Waters in 2016. Muddy Waters gained acclaim playing clubs on the South and West sides in the 1940s and ’50s and through his hits at Chess Records, based in Chicago. The mural, which is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor project to … Read More

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Upcoming Events

Tour the Old Maxwell Street Market area during Chicago Blues Fest

Saturday, June 10, 2017, time TBD. Meet at the corner of Maxwell & Halsted Streets in Chicago to see the neighborhood where electrified Blues was born! Chicago’s Blues Fest runs June 9-11, 2017, so take a little detour to walk the area where blues musicians plugged into outlets in storefronts to play to the crowds … Read More

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Past Events

Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market

Select Sundays once a month April through October 2016 at the “New” Maxwell Street Market at DesPlaines & Roosevelt in Chicago, 9am-3pm. Get Maxwell Street t-shirts, books, posters and more to show your love of Maxwell Street!

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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