Chicago farmers markets are the perfect place to stock up on local produce — and get a taste of each neighborhood’s local flavor. These community markets are social affairs, where neighbors gather each week to shop, chat, eat, and enjoy music and events. Some are seasonal, some go all year-round, and there’s a market every day of the week — so you can experience one no matter when you visit.
Check out just a few of Chicago’s many farmers markets:
City Market at Daley Plaza
This weekly seasonal market in Daley Plaza is the longest-running farmers market in Chicago. Located in the heart of the Loop, it’s a popular lunch spot for nearby office workers. Many of the vendors sell prepared foods that make a perfect grab-and-go option, like gourmet grilled cheese, empanadas, raclette sandwiches, Thai food, and more. You’ll also find the usual farmers market staples, like seasonal produce, flowers, and baked goods. Grab a seat by the fountain or head to the stage to catch live music and cultural performances.
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
Green City Farmers Market
Green City Market is Chicago’s first and largest year-round sustainable farmers market. This vibrant market is frequented by many of the city’s top chefs, searching for the best local produce to use in their dishes. It’s also popular with locals, who line up for freshly made smoothies and crepes and fill their totes with fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, meats, and more.
This year-round market takes place outdoors in Lincoln Park from May through October then moves inside to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum the rest of the year.
1800 N. Stockton Drive, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Insider tip: Green City Market also has a West Loop location at Mary Bartelme Park from June through October every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Horner Park Farmers Market
Head to the Irving Park neighborhood to check out the Horner Park Farmers Market. This social, open-air marketplace is all about connecting the community with local farmers and makers. All the vendors are small growers, producers, and artisans from around the Midwest. Walk around and admire the goods, try samples, and catch shows from local musicians.
Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Logan Square Farmers Market
This laidback market, which has been going strong for 15 years, has been called the best farmers market in Illinois by USA Today. The Logan Square Farmers Market showcases farmers and small-scale food producers from the Chicago area all year-round, with an indoor and outdoor location. In the summer, the market takes over Logan Boulevard in the heart of this hip neighborhood. In the colder months, the vendors set up shop inside Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square.
Logan Boulevard, 3107 W. Logan Blvd.
Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square
2363 N. Milwaukee
Wood Street Urban Farm Stand
Stock up on local produce at the city’s first certified-organic urban farm. Wood Street Urban Farm Stand has almost an acre of farmland in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, where a small group of trained urban farmers tends to more than 200 varieties of produce. Check out the cooking demonstrations, which offer free samples and recipe cards for healthy, vegetarian meals. You can also take a free tour of the farm, before stocking up on arugula, heirloom tomatoes, collard greens, all grown right there.
5814 S. Wood Street
Explore more Chicago farmers markets
Operated by the City of Chicago, these neighborhood farmers markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to neighborhoods throughout the city. From Wicker Park to Lincoln Square to Pullman, they sprout up every spring and summer season with the freshest picks from area farmers and artisans.
Visit chicagofarmersmarkets.us for a detailed schedule and full list of locations for this year.