Share Your Maxwell Street Story

Do you have memories of Maxwell Street? Stories your family tells? Share them with us, and we'll post them on the website!  Submit Your Story


Im a story catcher and since I am a vendor at the Maxwell Market, people approach me with lots o stories! This month was the story of a guy who wanted to take a girl to a unique date. He asked her to join in a trip to the early sunday market. He picked her … Read More


My Grandfather, Sam Fox had a stand, and a store on Maxwell Street. I worked there on weekends, selling coveralls, baby dresses and bundles of socks. Great memories of colorful characters. Jaymar jewelers (Marvin) shared space with us, so we had a variety of customers and visitors. I would love to find pictures of the … Read More

Earliest Memories

My father, a WWII vet and mortician from the small town of Ottawa, west of Chicago, would visit a tailor shop on Maxwell street once a year to purchase 2 new black suits. At some time after my birth in ’56 he began to take me on this annual spring trip. We would park under … Read More

The Lost Culture of Maxwell Street

Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist

Chapter 8 in the 2017 book: Being and Homelessness: Notes from an Underground Artist: “The Lost Culture of Maxwell Street” by John H. Sibley It was an icy-cold Sunday afternoon in January as I devoured one of Jim’s Original Polish Sausages. The pungent open-air odor of grilled food wafted past my nostrils as hot onions, … Read More