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Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market during the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival

On Sunday June 11, the Maxwell Street Foundation presented a special display at the Maxwell Street Market in honor of the annual Chicago Blues Festival that weekend. Neighboring the Main Stage where Low-reen and the Maxwell Street Market Blues Band performed, they featured standalone art panels depicting historic Blues personalities on Maxwell Street with removable faces for engaging photo opportunities.  Books, T-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history were also for sale, and a hand-out brochure about Maxwell Street Blues was freely distributed.  For some of these items, please visit our SHOP.

Maxwell Street Foundation Board member Janelle Walker. Advisory Council member Bonni McKeown, and friends manned the table.  President Lori Grove gave a walking tour of the Market to members of the Secular Jewish Community and School who organized their annual conference in Chicago on the Blues Fest weekend themed “Blues and Jews”. Board member Lee Landry visited the Market to photograph the event.

Featured in this post is Maxwell Street Foundation board member Janelle Walker (lower left) and friend, illustrating the use of the art board project that she oversaw to depict legendary Maxwell Street characters such as bluesman and gospel signer Daddy Stovepipe, shown here.

The Maxwell Street Market on Chicago’s Near West Side is where electrified Chicago Blues was born, and where you can find ethnic food and bargains at the Market!  For more information contact info@maxwellstreetfoundation.org(312) 243-0394.