Vienna Beef sign on loan to Vienna Beef, Ltd.

Vienna Beef, Ltd. is now hosting the Maxwell Street Foundation’s Vienna Beef sign that has been part of the Foundation’s collection since the 1990s. Mounted and displayed in the company’s corporate headquarters, the colorful sign is shown below with Tom McGlade, Sr. Vice President of Marketing/eCommerce at Vienna Beef, where it is on loan until … Read More

New Maxwell St. Market is Chicago’s Agora

Hi Student member of a University of Illinois at Chicago organization, Please share this invitation and accompanying fact sheet with other students by posting in social media and sending to your email lists. The New Maxwell Street Market, run by the City of Chicago, is at your doorstep and is Chicago’s Agora: a hub for food, … Read More

Tribute to “Mayor of Maxwell Street” Charlie Joe Henderson

Charlie Joe Henderson, Blues Entrepreneur and Maxwell St. Legend Dies by Steve Balkin, Professor Emeritus at Roosevelt University, February 1, 2022 Charlie Joe Henderson, known as the Mayor of Maxwell Street, died on January 23. He was 82. Along with a partner, Earnest Jackson, they were the main people who rented tables to vendors in … Read More

Maxwell Street posters by John H. Sibley

John Sibley’s Maxwell Street posters are now for sale. The creation of these seven posters are inspired by John’s visits to Old Maxwell Street as a youth, taken there by his Uncle Miles. John took all the excitement of Maxwell Street into his being: Bluesmen, singing divas, a saxophonist, Gypsy fantasies, Chicken Man, the food, and of … Read More

The “Vienna Beef” Sign – plea for support!

The Maxwell Street Foundation (MSF) hosted a webinar on Zoom led by The Conservation Center on 10/19/2020, where the Center’s conservators virtually walked us through their conservation process recently completed for the “Vienna Beef” sign from the MSF’s collection of Maxwell Street artifacts. Maria Ochalek, the Director of Client Services at the Center, welcomed the … Read More

The Maxwell Street Foundation seeks your Maxwell Street Market story!

The Maxwell Street Foundation seeks your Maxwell Street Market story while the Market remains closed due to the pandemic.  The 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 … Read More

The Maxwell Street Market Blues Bus – plea for support!

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, is now a little slice of its former glory.  Funds are being sought by the Foundation to preserve this portion of the Bus, which underwent steady decline since … Read More

Maxwell portraits at Saint Ignatius College Prep continued on display until 2022!

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

Exhibit of Maxwell Street Foundation architectural remnants at 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.  This exhibition was organized by the Maxwell Street Foundation with assistance by Saint Ignatius College Prep. The display is located inside the Richard J. Daley Library … Read More