When the city of Chicago incorporated in 1837, its geographic boundaries included the area on which Maxwell Street was later platted. By 1849, Maxwell Street is shown on a map extending west from the South Branch of the Chicago River to Halsted Street.

Courtesy of the Newberry Library, Rees and Rucker, 1849


Dr. Philip Maxwell

Dr. Philip Maxwell, for whom Maxwell Street is named, served in the military, held the title of city physician, was a state legislator, and a notable Chicgao citizen. In the 1840s, a Maxwell Street was named for him in Chicago, and also in Lake Geneva, WI where he put up money to plat the “Big Foot” settlement that later became the Village of Lake Geneva. This photo of Dr. Maxwell is believed to be c. 1853, before he moved from Chicago to his retirement home at Lake Geneva where he died in 1859.

CHM, ICHi-20913



The opening of the I&M Canal that bridged the Chicago and Illinois Rivers brought activity to the numerous streets intersecting the south branch. By 1855, Chicago's first railroad had entered the city, and Maxwell Street is shown originating at the river extending to Blue Island Avenue. The new arrivals to Chicago created the need for quickly-built housing in the nearby Maxwell Street area for Irish, German and Bohemian immigrants.

Courtesy of the Newberry Library, J.H. Colton, 1855


HWL Foster School

Foster School is built two blocks north of Maxwell Street on O'Brien Street at Union Avenue. Foster School was Chicago's ninth permanent public school building built by the Chicago Board of Education, named for Dr. John H. Foster who was a member and later president of the city's first Board of Education. Known also as "School No. 9", the building remained an elementary school until 1960 for the Maxwell Street neighborhood, and then served as a training academy for the Chicago Police Department until 1975.

Chicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division, WS 1.178.


Hallmarks of immigration and migration

Hallmarks of immigration and migration are effectively shown by cultural buildings erected such as the early churches in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. Holy Family church was dedicated in 1860, founded by Reverend Arnold Damen (for whom Damen Avenue is named), and was the original Jesuit Parish in Chicago. It originally served an Irish congregation, then German, Italian, African American, and Mexican American, following the national waves of newcomers. Holy Family Church is also the mother institution of St. Ignatius College (St. Ignatius College Prep today) erected immediately east of the church in 1870. Street addresses begin to appear in city directories on Maxwell Street as evidence of an early residential population.

CHM, ICHi-24559, J. Sherwin Murphy


Frame cottages on Maxwell Street

The lumber used to construct many one- and two-story wood frame cottages on Maxwell Street had evidence of both vertical and circular sawn lumber, showing the advance of the circular saw during the Civil War (1861-1865). This one-story wood frame cottage, shown from the rear, was later hoisted onto a brick foundation and given a new brick facade on Maxwell Street, disgusing its early roots on Maxwell Street to the average passer-by.

Photo by Jeff Fletcher


Jack-Sloan courtesy of Norman-Schwartz

Germans, a dominant immigrant group to Chicago in the mid-19th century, built this Evangelical Church (left) in 1864, whose congregation then built a school for their German-speaking children (right) in 1869 (the latter is shown following the replacement of its facade in 1944). Both buildings stood two blocks south of Maxwell Street at Union Ave and 14th Street. Augustus Bauer, a German immigrant considered to be Chicago's first professionally trained architect, designed both these 19th century structures and the latter survived into the 21st century.

Maxwell Street Foundation, by Jack Sloan
The Chicago Fire Department

The Chicago Fire Department, organized in 1858, operated a firehouse on Maxwell Street as early as 1864 identified as "Engine 6". Its steamer engine, "Little Giant", was the first to arrive at the scene of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. Maxwell Street's last firehouse is shown here, and was the last built in the city for the horse-drawn engine.

Photo by Ken Little


German Schoolhouse

The term "windows with eyebrows" characterized a design style brought to the U.S. by the German immigrant architects that was employed throughout midwest towns and cities. Formally known as Rundbogenstil influenced design, the original facade of the 1869 German Schoolhouse clearly expresses the German details and the German immigrant settlement of the Maxwell Street neighborhood at that time.

History of the First Roumanian Congregation



Refugees fled to the west side of the Chicago River during the Great Fire, which left 100,000 people homeless. The fire started near the Maxwell Street neighborhood, but swept northeast, largely sparing the neighborhood so that it became heavily populated after the fire.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-02969


Bremner Bakery

Many businesses fled to the Maxwell Street neighborhood that remained unscathed from the 1871 fire because it was south and west of the origin of the raging fire, which burned north and east. David Bremer moved his bakery to O'Brien Street two blocks north of Maxwell Street in 1872, and by 1899 became a member of the National Biscuit Company (NABISCO) that expanded his business operations onto Maxwell Street.

Courtesy of Edward Bremner, Senior, and Dare Foods Limited


St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi Church was built by the German population that inhabited the early Maxwell Street neighborhood in 1875, and when it burned in 1904, they constructed a second church on the site that they only habited for four years before leaving the neighborhood. The new church retained the original apse of the 1875 structure. The church then began to be used by Mexican immigrant and Mexican American populations and continues to serve them today.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35113, by Anna Marie Sriver


Turner Hall

The Chicago German Furniture Workers Union was meeting with management in the West Side Turner Hall on July 26, 1877 at 12th (now Roosevelt Road) and Union Streets. With workers mobilizing as the national railroad strike raged, the Illinois National Guard attacked workers inside, and Chicago Police assaulted the workers inside, injuring many and killing one man. This depiction by Harper's Weekly is an anti-labor portrayal, characterizing workers as "roughs who never did an honest day's work" and "the lowest class of Poles and Bohemians."

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-14018


Jacob Wingert

Jacob Wingert, an early merchant on Maxwell Street, lived above his flour and feed store and set a precedent in the 1880s for the mixed retail and residential use that characterized Maxwell Street until the end of the 20th century. Jewish immigrants fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe flooded the Maxwell Street area, and became the largest and longest standing population on Maxwell Street.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-17659



The Bohemian Mission is established on Maxwell Street by Elizabeth Marcy with five other women in the The Woman's Home Missionary Society.

Northwestern University Archives


7th District Police Station

The 7th District Police Station was built on Maxwell Street in response to the need for increased police presence in the district that became known as “Bloody Maxwell”. Violence raged between a changing melting pot of rival gangs of Irish, German, Italian and European Jewish immigrants. This police station was the longest in operation in the city of Chicago when the University of Illinois at Chicago acquired it and then placed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 for campus police operations. In the 1980s, the exterior of the building was the fictional police station in the 1980s television show, "Hill Street Blues".

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35002, by David Sacks


Census from 1900

A city survey shows 16,000 people living on a one-mile stretch of Maxwell Street. This is further evidenced by the 1900 census showing page after page of large families and often numerous borders living at single street numbers on Maxwell Street.

Courtesy of the Newberry Library census records


Vienna Sausage Company

After introducing their sausage at Chicago's Columbian Exposition, Samuel Ladany and Emil Reichel, immigrants from Austria-Hungary, open a sausage shop on Halsted Street two and one-half blocks north of Maxwell Street that became the major manufacturing company Vienna Beef.

Courtesy of Vienna Sausage Company


Marcy Center

Marcy Center is established on Newberry Street at Maxwell Street to offer medical services to thousands of impoverished families. Its original facility was replaced by this three-story building one year later.

Courtesy of Marcy-Newberry Center Records, MNCR 0062-0809-001, University of Illinois at Chicago, University Library, Department of Special Collections


The Maxwell Street Lying-in Dispensary

The Chicago Lying-in Hospital was founded in the Maxwell Street Dispensary at Maxwell and Newberry Streets, where one year later it moved across the street and became a training school for obstetrical nurses. In 1917, funds had been raised to erect this three-story building opposite the Marcy Center on Newberry Street, where it paved the way for modern obstetric care and was renamed the Chicago Maternity Center in 1931.

Courtesy of Northwestern University, by Tim Hunter MD


The John M. Smyth School

The John M. Smyth School is built on Maxwell Street (the original school had later additions). The grammar school ultimately inherited students from school closures in the Maxwell Street neighborhood during the early development of the Chicago Board of Education, and still operates today.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35070


Chicago Hebrew Institute

Chicago Hebrew Institute is established on Blue Island Avenue, north of its intersection with Maxwell Street. This social service organization was the forerunner of the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. The Jewish population was the largest and longest-standing in the Maxwell Street area, and they were its predominant residents and merchants when the street later became an open-air market.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35070


Little Louie Epstine

Clarence Darrow's short story about "Little Louie Epstine" who lived on Maxwell Street was published in the Pilgrim Magazine.

From Ira Berkow's book, Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar



Sweatshops and tailor shops become prevalent along Maxwell Street where immigrant residents provided cheap labor and needed skills. Tailor shops remained in business on Maxwell and Halsted Streets into the 21st century.

Chicago History Museum, DN-0002416


Mexicans fleeing the Mexican Revolution

Mexicans fleeing the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s came north to fill a shortage of workers due to WWI, taking work in steel mills, factories, and railroads. Here a woman and her son in her grocery store "El Gardenia" at 1100 S. Peoria Street, 1921.

Courtesy of Tony & Lupe Hernandez


Public market

In 1912, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance that created a public market on Maxwell Street from curbside at Jefferson Street to curbside at Halsted Street, "...set apart for market purposes on each and every day of the week...". The ordinance also established the office of a superintendent to oversee the Maxwell Street Market. This view of the early Market is looking west from Jefferson Street.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-31940
Jewish immigrants from Russia

Jewish immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe settled in the Maxwell Street area as self-employed peddlers or shopkeepers. This family's coppersmith shop was on West 12th Street (Roosevelt Road).

Chicago History Museum, ICHI-15578


Carl Sandburg

The Maxwell Street Market is extended by city ordinance to Sangamon Street, and the "Fish Crier" poem by Carl Sandburg is published in Chicago Poems.

From Ira Berkow's book, Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar


Carl Sandburg

Johnny "Daddy Stovepipe" Watson discovers the ready-made audience for his performance of Christian music as a street musician at the Maxwell Street Market. Born in 1867, he was one of the oldest blues musicians to record commercially in the 1920s. He recorded music with his wife "Mississippie Sarah" as well. He was a regular at the market as a one man bad until his death in 1963.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-12834, by Clarence Hines


Papa Charlie Jackson

Paramount Records releases "Papa" Charlie Jackson's "Maxwell Street Blues" where he found a ready-made audience for his banjo performances at the Market.

Paramount Records


South Branch of the Chicago River

A project begins to straighten the severe bend in the South Branch of the Chicago River, where Maxwell Street had originally extended.

Chicago Aerial Survey Co., courtesy of the Chicago Maritime Museum


Maxwell Street Market in Chicago

Dr. Philip Maxwell is recognized for the name of the Maxwell Street Market in a Chicago Tribune article dated August 18, 1929


Lyon's Delicatessen

Known for its kosher corned beef, Lyon's Delicatessen operated from the 1930s through the 1960s. "Mama" Sarah Lyons continued to provide gefilte fish and pickled herring for her son who took over the business. They sold the business to their long-time employee, Nate Duncan, an African American who learned Yiddish and kept the kosher menu when he renamed it Nate's Deli in 1972.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-DN-91668


Conrad Frieberg documents Halsted Street

Carl Friberg's film "Halsted Street" documents the length of Halsted Street in Chicago, and intersects the Maxwell Street Market in rare film footage.

Courtesy of Carl Friberg, and the School of the Art Institute Flaxman Library


Bernard Abrams

Bernard Abrams owned a record and radio shop at 831 W. Maxwell Street and allowed Blues musicians to plug into his store, and later established a recording studio in the back of his store, producing his own music label. At Maxwell Street, these musicians from the rural south mixed with other Blues musicians who amplified their sound by plugging into electricity provided by the continuous line of shops along Maxwell Street. The amplified sound of the Delta Blues from the rural south amplified birthed the sound we know as the Chicago Blues.

Courtesy of Robb and Fern Packer


Jim's Original

Jim's Original, at the heart of the Market for decades, was begun by "Jimmy" Stefanovic, a Roumanian immigrant, who started the business at a street stand in 1939. In 2001, the business had to move to Union and O'Brien Streets where it continues to serve Vienna red hots, pork chop sandwiches, and Maxwell Street Polish sausages with sweet grilled onions 24 hours a day, 360 days of the year.

Courtesy of Judie Christopoulos


The Maxwell Street Merchants Association

The Maxwell Street Merchants Association (MSMA) conducts the Maxwell Street Civic Improvement Project to standardize and improve the appearance of Maxwell Street. Here a model stand in front of Kaye's Sports Goods at 716 W. Maxwell is unveiled.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35178


Maxwell Street

Maxwell Street, although it always remained open to vehicular traffic, attracted dense pedestrian traffic on Sundays throughout the year.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-32529
The view from above

The view from above shows the three-tiered marketing strategy developed on Maxwell Street where shoppers funneled by sidewalk storefronts, curbside sheds, and vendor tables open to the street

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-34991


Little Walter Jacobs

Little Walter Jacobs performed on Maxwell Street in the 1940s, and was recorded by Bernard Abrams in a first release of the Ora Nelle Record Co. label, the only record company based on Maxwell Street, releasing Little Water Jacobs first record in 1947.

Courtesy of Robb and Fern Packer


Church on Maxwell Street

Artists Marvin E. Newman and Yasuhiro Ishimoto release their film, "Church on Maxwell Street" of compelling gospel music on Maxwell Street. (RT 7 minutes.)

Courtesy of Marvin E. Newman


Jimmy Davis

Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis performed blues music on Maxwell Street from the 1950s through the 1970s, while operating the Knotty Pine Grill on Maxwell Street.

Photo by Ray Flerlage, 1965
Carrie Robinson

Gospel music also thrived at the Sunday Maxwell Street Market.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-36102; Jerome Joseph


Edward C. Schulz

Edward C. Schulz submits his master's thesis entitled, “A Functional Analysis of Retail Trade in the Maxwell Street Market Area of Chicago” to the Geography Department at Northwestern University, that is a first scholarly work on the Maxwell Street Market.

Courtesy of the Maxwell Street Foundation


Jefferson Street

The Maxwell Street Market continues to flourish from its origin at Jefferson Street, westward.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-09278


Buildings on Maxwell Street Market

Buildings on Maxwell Street Market east of Union Ave. were prepared for demolition for the planned construction of the Dan Ryan expressway.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi35141; Carol Rice


Chicago Land Clearance Commission

Chicago Land Clearance Commission clears the rest of properties in the Maxwell Street Market vicinity east of Union Ave., in preparation for the construction of the Dan Ryan expressway.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-34477


The Letter

Letter from the President of the University of Illinois responds to a local citizen's concern about the university's intentions to expand the planned Chicago campus at the Harrison-Halsted site, in the future.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Live on Maxwell Street

Robert Nighthawk's album "Live on Maxwell Street - 1964" is recorded, and later released by Rounder Records.

Rounder Records


Florence Scala

In 1965, the University of Illinois at Chicago opened, championed by Mayor Richard J. Daley. The site at Harrison and Halsted Streets displaced 14,000 residents and 800 businesses and was fought by community members like Florence Scala, from the Italian American community, who thought they were helping to plan a residential development.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35116
And This is Free

The epic film, "And This is Free" documenting Maxwell Street and the Market, is released. (RT 48 minutes.)

Kartemquin Films, courtesy of Christine Shea, photo by Michael Shea, 1964


Intergovernmental Agreement

The first Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) by and Between the City of Chicago and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois is published.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Union Avenue

The construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway pushed the Maxwell Street Market west of Union Avenue, where the Market expanded on neighboring streets within new geographic boundaries .

Photo by Ken Little, 1966
City of Chicago Department of Urban Renewal

An Analysis of the Maxwell Street Market is prepared by the City of Chicago Department of Urban Renewal, and the area containing the Market is formally designated as slum and blighted by the Department of Urban Renewal.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


MaxwellStreet Clearance

The city receives approval for early purchase of properties in the Maxwell Street area for the expansion of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus, that includes the Maxwell Street Market within the 73-acre site.



Musicians continue to perform for tips at the Market through the decades to appreciative crowds. L'il Pat plays here on Peoria Street between Maxwell & 14th Streets.

Chicago History Museum, ICHi-35012, by James Newberry


Ira Berkow

Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar is published by Ira Berkow, and is comprised of interviews with 51 characters about Maxwell Street that chronicle the Market, and is a first published book about Maxwell Street.

Courtesy of Ira Berkow


Maxwell Blues Cover

A documentary specifically about blues music on Maxwell Street is released (RT 56 minutes).

Linda Williams and Raul Zaritsky, courtesy of Facets Multimedia


Maxwell Street retains its characteristic

Maxwell Street retains its characteristic look, but city services to the street and for the Market decrease and begin to take its toll.

Photo ©Marc PoKempner


Tom Palazollo

"Maxwell Street" is produced by Tom Palazzolo, interviewing merchants and shoppers at Maxwell Street. (RT: 36 minutes.)

Film by Tom Palazzolo & Co.


Marc PoKempner

Blues music continued to be performed at the Sunday Market.

Photo ©Marc PoKempner
MAX sculpture

MAX sculpture and the Maxwell Street Wall of Fame is erected on the northeast corner of Maxwell and Halsted street by members of preservation and community groups, and Frank 'Little Sonny' Scott Jr.'s Juketown Community Blues Bandstand.

Photo by Lee Landry


Community Advisory Panel rendering

A Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is established by the Chicago Department of Planning that recommends "that the Department of Planning, the University of Illinois, and Maxwell Street Market area groups work together to come up with a plan to which all could agree." Plans are drawn by a member of CAP proposing mutual use at Maxwell and Halsted that would restore vitality to the area.

Courtesy of Alan Johnson


UIC Master Plan

In 1990, the University of Illinois at Chicago published a Master Plan that was "... the first to give substantial emphasis to the interface between the campus and the surrounding community context." Existing users cited as providing "... a special opportunity for accommodating future campus expansion" included the Maxwell Street Market and Halsted Street merchants.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Activists organize

Activists organize a one-day colloquium with four panels of experts to recognize the significance of the Maxwell Street Market, and choose the UIC Circle Center auditorium as the venue.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


ARI Report

Phase 1 Archeological and Historical Evaluation of the Maxwell Street Area (1994) is completed by Archaeological Research, Inc., to fulfill legal requirements under the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act and Section 4 of the Illinois State Agency Historic Resource Protection Act.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Maxwell Street neighborhood

A nomination application for a Maxwell Street Market Historic District is submitted to the National Register of Historic Places for 60 contributing buildings in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. It has unanimous support from the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council at the state level, but lacked approval from the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Keeper did not approve the application at the federal level.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


The Vendors Assocation

The Maxwell Street Market is closed at its historic site by the City of Chicago and relocated to Canal Street. The Vendors Association held an evening novena for the intercession of the Virgin Mary for nine nights in August 1994, praying to save the market, as it "accepts all, serves all, and helps us learn to get along with our brothers and sisters...that the people of the market not be split apart, that even the poorest can work and be among us."

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Chicago's skyline

The Maxwell Street Market, with Chicago's skyline in the background, as it looked from above at the time of its closure at its historic site.

Photo by Lori Grove


Roosevelt Rd. to 16th Street

The New Maxwell Street Market opens on Canal Street, extending south from Roosevelt Rd. to 16th Street, several blocks east of the old Market area.

Photo by Robert Weiglein


Memorandum of Agreement

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the University of Illinois Board of Trustees mandates actions that include the creation of an Interpretive Exhibit and documentation of extant buildings according to Level 1 HABS/HAER standards, prior to demolition.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Nate's Deli on Maxwell Street

Nate Duncan, proprietor of the iconic Nate's Deli on Maxwell Street, sells his building to the University of Illinois at Chicago, completing the removal of the built fabric on the southwest corner of Maxwell Street and Halsted. The University demolishes the structure and builds the Marie Robinson Residence Hall there for their south campus expansion.

Courtesy of Merlyn McFarland, 1995


Illinois General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly granted the University of Illinois at Chicago eminent domain power in the Maxwell Street area for their south campus expansion. This sign attacks UIC's claim that the land appropriated is for a public use. The development of private residences for profit, and favoring one set of retailers over another was inconsistent with a public purpose. The Maxwell Street Museum Project is founded by preservationists to collect historic artifacts and architectural remnants from Maxwell Street as buildings are demolished. The organization became the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition, now renamed the Maxwell Street Foundation.

Photo by Steve Balkin


Art Fence

The Art Fence was created on Maxwell Street as a homage for its preservation.

Photo by Lee Landry


Maxwell Street Foundation

In 1997 through 1998, members of the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition assisted in a negotiated compromise between the city, university, and developers to preserve buildings in the planned redevelopment.

Photo by Steve Balkin


The Gazette

A press report announces an initial plan by the university to preserve 36 buildings, due to preservationist intervention.


Walking Tour

A Historic Maxwell Street Walking Tour is developed to bring visibility to the changing neighborhood. The tour was given until 2002, when sidewalks became impassable due to demolition and construction. The tour was modified to reflect the new redevelopment, and continues to be offered today.

Photo by Steve Balkin, 2001.


Halsted Street

A film documenting the entire length of Halsted Street, a state route, includes the intersection at Maxwell Street.

Courtesy of David E. Simpson


Master Plan

A 1998 South Campus Development Master Plan shows UIC ownership on Maxwell Street from Union Ave. to Morgan St., with the exception of eight lots shown "to be acquired by UIC." A stop to demolition to one of these properties at 1311-1313 S. Halsted, damaged by a neighboring fire, was successfully won in court by the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition and the facade is intact today on new construction.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Chicago Community Development

The Chicago Community Development Corporation purchases a large site for development on Maxwell Street at Morgan to build the Low Income Housing project, Barbara Jean Wright Court apartments.


Amended and Restated Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)

The Amended and Restated Intergovernmental Agreement of January 2000 between the City of Chicago the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois preserved eight buildings and one façade for adaptive re-use, and introduced the dismantling and reinstallation of twelve historic facades in the redevelopment plan.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


UIC Redevelopment Map

UIC publishes a mapped plan for the redevelopment of the Maxwell Street area.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Final nomination application

A second and final nomination application for a Maxwell Street Historic District is submitted to the National Register of Historic Places for 43 contributing buildings in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. The application was supported by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council but not by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency because so much of the built fabric of the original Market area had been removed, including the Market. The Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition lost its court case to prevent further demolition while the district was under consideration for eligibility, and the application was not forwarded to the Keeper by the State Historic Preservation Officer.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Janelle Walker submits her dissertation

Janelle Walker submits her dissertation entitled, "Saving Maxwell Street: People, Power, and the Politics of Urban Aesthetics in Chicago", that is a third scholarly work on Maxwell Street.

Maxwell Street Foundation archives


Demolition in 2002

The last stand of contiguous buildings on Maxwell Street before their demolition in 2002 (with the exception of 733 and 749 W. Maxwell on the west end of the block which were part of the 2000 IGA for rehabilitation).

Photo by Steve Balkin


A Living Memory

"Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, the Jewish Experience in Chicago" historical documentary is produced and directed by filmmaker Shuli Eshel with Executive Producer Elliot Zashin, an officer of the Maxwell St. Foundation.

Courtesy of Shuli Eshel of Eshel Productions



"Chicago's Maxwell Street" is coauthored by Lori Grove and Laura Kamedulski of the Maxwell Street Foundation and published by Arcadia Publishing, Inc., chronicling Maxwell Street history.

Arcadia Publishing, Inc., Images of America


Gazette ad

New restaurants and shops on the redeveloped streets of Maxwell and Halsted Streets are well-positioned for holiday advertising in the retail area renamed University Village Marketplace.

Gazette ad


Maxwell Street stories

"Jewish Maxwell Street Stories" is published by Arcadia Publishing, Inc., written by Shuli Eshel and Roger Schatz to illustrate the Jewish presence that prevailed on Maxwell Street throughout its history.

Arcadia Publishing, Inc., Voices of America


The Maxwell Street Collection portfolio

The Maxwell Street Collection portfolio is published by the Maxwell Street Foundation showcasing a limited copy edition of photographs taken in the Maxwell Street area by 11 Chicago photographers, spanning the years from 1936 to 2000, with an introduction by the late Pulitzer Prize-winner Studs Terkel.

Maxwell Street Foundation


The Last Great Picture Show

The Last Great Maxwell Street Picture Show is presented at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, starring a host of Chicago’s favorite photographers and their images from over a half century of artistic response to the city‘s longest standing open-air market on Maxwell Street.

Maxwell Street Foundation