Maxwell Street Market

Maxwell Street Market

Heather Blaha
Apr 24, 2006

Yesterday we forged our way through the Maxwell Street Market, even though we needed nothing in particular. We hadn't been to the market in a couple of years and were thrilled to recall the hunt of it all. This is a true rough-around-the-edges market where displays can be scattered and messy, "good finds" means you have to find them, and loud announcements and blaring radios compete for your attention. Now nearing its 100-year anniversary, the rich history of Maxwell Street Market dates back to 1912, when it was officially established by the City of Chicago.

It's been called one of the "world's best flea markets" by the Travel Channel and was the original open stage for Chicago's blues musicians. In 1995, the market was uprooted to Canal Street to make way for UIC buildings, new businesses, and condos, a move that many say changed the market for good. We're just happy the market rolled with it and found a new home. Here are some of our shots from Sunday's 70 degree excursion, from which we walked away with 3 pineapples for $7, a gallon of paint for $4, and two steak tacos and a bottle of Coke for $4.50:

Dozens of Mexican tiles

Fruits and vegetables sold by the crate

Spools of string

Statues, dolls, religious icons...

Sunday shoppers

Steak tacos
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