FREE CHICAGO FARMERS MARKETS – Check out all of the Farmer’s Markets in Chicago. Farmers market season is upon us with a few already open (Frankfort, La Grange, Palos Heights, Villa Park, Western Springs, Westmont and Woodstock) and more opening this weekend, including Downers Grove, East Dundee, Evanston (downtown), Green City Market, Lisle, Palatine and Park Forest. The City of Chicago kicks off its season May 12, when Daley Plaza Market opens. And the majority of the remaining city and suburban markets start up later in May and in early June.
Click on the links below to go directly to each day to see ALL market son that day or use the interactive map below.
Or click on any of the Farmer’s markets by location in the interactive map below
Here are some of the favorites
The Daley Plaza is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. The market takes place on Thursdays from 7am-3pm at 50 W. Washington St. The Daley Plaza Farmers Market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other items every Thursday from May 12 until October 27. Thiis market accepts the LINK card. The plaza contains a large fountain with the vendor tents spread out around it, which makes for a sight pleasing to the eyes while the aromas tickle your nose and tempt your taste buds. They are open from 7am-3pm, which makes this an ideal stop for lunch breaks if you find yourself in the area.
May through October
50 W. Washington
Discover the bounty of the Midwest and rub elbows with the city’s top chefs. With a commitment to locally grown, sustainable produce, Green City Market works to connect local farmers and producers to restaurateurs and the public. Drawn from 5 Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin), the incredible selection runs the gamut from:
- Aged cheese, cheese spreads and warm, baked cheese
- Jars and jars of sweet pickles, spicy pickles, jams, jellies and relish
- Charcuterie, sausages and bacon plus grass-fed beef, chicken, pork and lamb
- Fresh-baked artisanal breads, focaccias, croissants, scones and baguettes
- Small-batch whiskey and organic spirits
Two locations and a full calendar of dates offer plenty of options for pickin’ (and eating!) each week. Green City Market has been progressively promoting small farms and food education for over ten years. It has humble origins that began with a vision and an alley next to the Chicago Theater. In 2013 the market was bringing in 8,000-10,000 visitors each Saturday and 2,000-3,000 on Wednesdays. They operate outside May-October at the south end of Lincoln Park. During the brisk months of November-April the market can be found in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
May through October November through April
South End of Lincoln Park at the intersection of Clark and Lincoln. Peggy Notebaert Museum
Wednesdays and Saturdays 2430 N. Clark St.
7am–1pm Saturdays, 8am–1pm
Logan Square Farmers Market is a favorite among the city. Their diverse offerings of local produce, baked goods, and restaurants setting up their own booths to provide their specialties to hungry shoppers. The winter months the market is situated in the old Pierre’s Bakery, while the warm weather moves it out to Logan Square.
May through October
November through April
Logan Bl. From Milwaukee Ave. to Whipple 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Sundays. 10am-3pm Sundays. 10am-3pm
Find fresh, locally produced food at this long-running outdoor Saturday morning market! Stroll over to the Andersonville farmers market for fresh local produce, baked goods, cheeses, coffee, and other specialties! The market runs every Saturday, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., from June 11 through October 15 and is located in the Broadway Armory Parking lot, 5917 N. Broadway, at the corner of Thorndale and Broadway. They proudly showcase local talent at our farmers market! The Andersonville Farmers Market has high quality items and given that it runs on Wednesdays, it is a great opportunity to stock up for the week or just replenish what you ran out of until a weekend market. While wandering around all of the vendor tents, your ears will be greeted by live music from local musicians. To make the process much easier, they accept Link, Credit and Debit Cards!
May Through October
Berwyn Ave. & Clark
Beginning in September 3pm-7pm
The Lincoln Square Farmers Market not only offers a great selection, it makes for a great community event bringing the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood community together. Aside from vendor booths, they also have a booth dedicated to non-profits and one to wellness to help promote and spread the good feeling that comes with farmers markets.
June Through October
Municipal Parking Lot @ N. Lincoln and W. Leland
Thursdays 4pm – 8pm (until 7:00 pm after Labor Day)
Although the Wicker Park Farmers Market is a bit on the small side, they do not lack selection or quality! The friendly atmosphere makes for a good Sunday morning kick-start. The appraised chef, Rick Bayless, has been known to make his rounds through this market; that right there says something about the quality of produce they provide.
June Through October
1425 N. Damen Avenue
The Chicago French Market is an unique staple in the Chicago Famers Markets scene. They provide the only year around, indoor market that assures you of obtaining quality, local food without having to wait for those summer months to come back around. It is comprised of nearly thirty-specialty vendors that bring the best of what they have to offer. They work together to provide a fully stocked market that also offers grab-n-go food options for those hectic days.
Monday through Friday Saturday
131 N. Clinton 131 N. Clinton
The Lincoln Park Farmers Market is a great place to start your weekend with your family and even your dog. Being situated in Lincoln Park offers you a full day of enjoying nature after picking up fresh produce and some ready to eat goods to hold you over until dinner. They cover all the necessities from locally grown, organic produce, to fresh baked goods that will leave you wanting more!
May Through October
Armitage & Orchard (2000 N – 700 W)
Use the seasonality chart below to find out when your favorite fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to eat!
Fruits & Vegetables