With spring in swing, Chicagoans and travelers are craving a little sunshine and healthy eating. After a long hibernation, foodies are excited about the spring openings of Chicago’s Farmers Markets in neighborhoods across the city. With most outdoor markets opening in May – and through October – it’s time to discover the freshest foods and flavors of the season and the unique cultural vibe of each community. Here’s what fresh in the Windy City this season.
Green City Market – May 2nd
Green City Market comes alive on the south side of Lincoln Park on May 2. Promoting small farms and sustainable food education, this outdoor urban market connects artisan farmers and local producers with chefs, restaurateurs and the Chicago community. The market is lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetable, meats and poultry, plants and flowers, baked goods, cheeses, jams and spirits. The Green City Market is a cool place to eat, drink, and hang out on Wednesdays and Saturdays with cookouts and live music throughout the spring and summer.
Daley Plaza Farmers Market – May 15th
Considered the official kick-off of the Farmers Market season in Chicago, the Daley Plaza Farmers Market opens on Thursday, May 15th. Surrounding the massive fountain, the Farmers Market is dotted with vendor tents on Thursdays through October. Stop for a lunch break and some shopping while the intoxicating aromas of fresh food cooking in downtown.
Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market – May 10th
Opening for the season May 10th, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market is a lively place to start your weekend adventures in Chicago. Located in Lincoln Park, this incredible market offers locally grown, organic produce, fresh baked goods and delicious foods you can eat while shopping and embracing the colorful local scene.
Logan Square Market – May
Open Sundays starting in May, the Logan Square Farmers Market is a favorite shopping and dining spot in the city. The Farmers Market offers a diversity of local produce and baked goods from small growers, producers, and artisans from the Midwestern Foodshed. Check out restaurant booths cooking up their creations and local live music at noon.
Farmers Market at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Enjoy fresh food and contemporary art on the open-air plaza in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Shop for a colorful variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, cheeses, and spices at this Euro-style market. Swing by for a lunch break of healthy and refreshing foods on Tuesdays starting in June.
April Showers . . . And The Best Hotels to Enjoy Them
After a day of shopping and sampling, you’ll find hotels within minutes of the Chicago Farmers Markets. Located right near the Lincoln Park markets, Days Inn Chicago offers stylish urban rooms in the heart of downtown and a cool rock ‘n roll past. Enjoy modern, upscale accommodations, two fantastic restaurants and an awesome outdoor patio at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago in downtown’s River North, just minutes from Chicago’s parks and plazas. With views of Lake Michigan, the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile features stylish rooms and suites and a cool restaurant serving local, seasonal foods, just steps from shopping and dining on the Mile and the Museum of Contemporary Art.