Chicago Farmer's MarketsThe Chicago Farmer's Markets bring fresh, seasonal, organic, and local wares to the big city from all across Illinois, with a focus on regional and local producers. There are nearly thirty independent markets across the Chicagoland area, over twenty neighborhood markets, and four central "downtown" markets. The markets open on May 15th and continue through the summer and fall until mid-October.
Stroll through some of the markets and you'll find fresh, local products: cheeses, breads, fruit, veggies, honey, artisanal wares, and more. Some markets, such as the Lincoln Square market and the Andersonville market, even have live music, creating a soundtrack to your outdoor shopping. Chef Rick Bayless has been known to make the rounds at the Wicker Park market, selecting seasonal produce for special dishes at his restaurants. The Museum of Contemporary Art is a favorite market as well-it boasts a convenient location for a healthy lunch or breakfast break if you're in the area working or visiting the museum. Stop by the Chicago French Market for something a bit different-most specialty and small-batch goods-as well as a fully-stocked market if you're in a hurry but still want to eat great.
The markets around the city provide excellent opportunities to eat great, support local farmers and producers, as well as the communities that nourish the markets themselves. Make sure to check one out near you-there are more than a few to go around.