A sure sign of spring arriving and summer rapidly approaching is the kickoff of Farmers Markets in Chicago. Many people look forward to the opening of the market in Daley Plaza, which happens to be the’oldest farmers market in Chicago. It kicks off on May 12 and is the official start of the City of Chicago Farmers Market Season. However, there are some farmers markets in Chicago that are open year round, and ones that kick-off earlier as well if you are antsy.

Perhaps my favorite thing about farmers markets is their sense of community and unity. Once you step foot into a market, the pace changes and I ultimately become more relaxed. I can’t say the same thing about stepping into a supermarket produce section.

Other than personal reasons, there are 5 more solid reasons listed below:

5 Reasons Why You Should Frequent Farmers Markets

Support Local
Fresh Food
Get Outside
Entertainment
Socialize

If you get insanely excited about farmers markets, you may want to look into creating a garden in your apartment, that way you can have fresh ingredients year around.

Keep track of what produce you use the quickest and the most often, then plan your urban garden around growing them.

Schedule of Farmers Markets in Chicago

Monday’Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Loyola Farmers Market*
1200 W. Loyola Ave.
June 6-September 19′
3-7pm
September 26-October 10
2:30-6:30pm

Tuesday’Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Federal Plaza Farmers Market*
Adams St. & Dearborn Pkwy.
May 17-October 25
7am-3pm

Lincoln Square Farmers Market*
2301 W. Leland Ave.
June 7-October 25
7am-1pm

Columbus Park Farmers Market*
Harrison St. & Central Ave.
June 28-September 27
2-7pm

Wednesday’Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Wood Street Farm Stand by Growing Home*
5814 S. Wood St.
April 20-October 26
11am-4pm

Green City Market*
1800 N. Clark St.
May 7-October 29
7am-1pm

The Urban Islander’s Market at Treasure Island*
2121 N. Clybourn Ave.
May 11-September 28
3-8pm

Andersonville Farmers Market*
1500 W. Berwyn Ave.
May 18-September 7
3-8pm
September 12-October 12
3-7pm

Edison Park Farmers Market
6730 N. Olmsted Ave.
Monthly, TBD
4-8pm

LaFollette Park Farmers Market*
1333 N. Laramie Ave.
June 29-September 28
2-7pm

Lawndale Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Market*
3750 W. Ogden Ave.
July 6-October 5
9am-1pm

Pullman Farmers Market*
111th St. & Cottage Grove Ave.
July 6-October 26
7am-1pm

Washington Park Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Market*
555 E. 51st St.
July 6-October 5
9am-1pm

Seaway Bank Farmers Market*
87th St. & Langley Ave.
July 20-September 21
9am-2pm

Thursday’Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Hyde Park Farmers Market*
53rd St. & Harper Ct.
June 2-October 27
7am-1pm

Lincoln Square Evening Farmers Market*
2301 W. Leland Ave.
June 2-October 27
4-8pm

Southport Lowline Market
3411 N. Southport Ave.
June 2-October 6
3-8pm

Weiss Uptown Farmers Market*
4646 N. Marine Dr.
June 2-October 20
7am-1pm

Garfield Park Community Market*
200 N. Kedzie Ave.
Monthly – June 16, July 17, August 18, September 15 and October 13
3-6pm

South Loop Farmers Market
1936 S. Michigan Ave.
June 23-October 13
4-8pm

Argyle Night Market
Broadway St. & Argyle St.
July 7-August 25
5-9pm

Downtown – Willis Tower Farmers Market*
233 S. Wacker Dr.
July 14-October 17
7am-3pm

Austin Town Hall Farmers Market*
Lake St. & Central Ave.
July 30-September 29
2-7pm

Saturday’Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Roseland Community Market*
11400 S. Michigan Ave.
Dates & Hours TBD

Green City Market*
1800 N. Clark St.
May 7-October 29
7am-1pm

61st Street Farmers Market*
6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
May 14-October 29
9am-2pm

Division Street Farmers Market*
Division St. & Dearborn Pkwy.
May 14-October 29
7am-1pm

El Conuco Farmers Market at Humboldt Park
California Ave. & Division St.
June 4-October 8
10am-3pm

Green City Market – Fulton*
Fulton St. & Halsted St.
June 4-October 29
7am-1pm

Horner Park Farmers Market
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
June 4-October 1
9am-1pm

Edgewater Farmers Market
1200 W. Norwood Ave.
June 11-August 20
8am-1pm

Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Armitage Ave. & Orchard St.
June 18-October 29
7am-1pm

Healthy Food Hub at South Shore Good Foods Market*
2423 E. 75th St.
Year round
11am-4pm

Garfield Park Community Market*
200 N. Kedzie Ave.
Monthly – July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8
10am-1pm

Englewood/Anchor House Farmers Market*
71st St. & Racine Ave.
June 25-October 1
8am-1pm

North Center Farmers Market
4100 N. Lincoln Ave.
June 25-October 29
7am-1pm

Plant Chicago Community Market
1400 W. 46th St.
June 25-September 3
11am-3:30pm

Printers Row Farmers Market*
Polk St. & Dearborn St.
June 25-October 29
7am-1pm

West Humboldt Park Farmers Market*
3601 W. Chicago Ave.
July 2-September 17
10am-2pm

Sunday Farmers Markets
*Markets that accept LINK
Beverly Farmers Market
95th St. & Longwood Dr.
May 8-October 30
7am-1pm

Logan Square Farmers Market*
3107 W. Logan Blvd.
May 15-October 30
10am-3pm

IMAN Fresh Beats and Eats Farmers Market*
2744 W. 63rd St.
May 22-October 30
10am-2pm

Pilsen Community Market*
1800 S. Halsted St.
May 29-October 30
9am-2pm

Glenwood Sunday Market*
6950 N. Morse Ave.
June 5-October 30
9am-2pm

Portage Park Farmers Market*
Berteau Ave. & Central Ave.
June 5-October 2
10am-2pm

Jefferson Park Farmers Market
4800 N. Long Ave.
Bi-weekly TBD
9:30am-1:30pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market*
1425 N. Damen Ave.
June 12-October 30
8am-2pm

South Shore Farmers Market Rainbow Beach Park*
79th St. & South Shore Dr.
June 19-August 21
12-5pm

Bronzeville Community Market*
Martin Luther King Dr. & 26th St.
Dates TBD
10am-1pm

 

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