The Best Outdoor Markets in Chicago to Visit Now That They’re Back
We’re equal opportunity shoppers: boutiques, malls, online—they’re all good. But our favorite way to shop has to be at these four outdoor markets. Hurry up and get some sun (and some new stuff).
THE BEST FARMERS’ MARKET: LOGAN SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
Forget the pianist at Mariano’s. This Sunday farmers’ market has rotating music acts, from bluegrass to singer-songwriters. But really, the focus is on the fresh produce and artisan foods. A visit is not complete without at least trying some cheeses from Stamper Cheese (motto: Caseum Diem—Cheese the Day).
Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee and Whipple; facebook.com/
THE BEST FOR VINTAGE: RANDOLPH STREET MARKET
From clothes to jewelry to antiques, if it’s vintage, you’ll find it here. Best of all, the wares are well curated and elegantly presented (it’s been called “the Barneys of vintage”), so you won’t be sifting through tons of junk. With live music and elevated food vendors (think: Ruffino prosecco and Eat Purely food), this is as much a social as a shopping event.
1350 block of West Randolph; randolphstreetmarket.com. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
THE BEST FOR HISTORY & CULTURE: MAXWELL STREET MARKET
More than a century ago, Maxwell Street was a bustling mile-long shopping district where you could buy anything from shoestrings to expensive clothes. Today, the legacy endures at this weekly market, where you can savor tamales and churros, play Mexican Loteria (aka bingo) and haggle over everything from handicrafts to tube socks.
800 S. Desplaines; cityofchicago.org. Sundays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
THE BEST FOR SCORING ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFTS: RENEGADE HANDMADE
Art prints for your baby bro’s first apartment. A soft, handwoven scarf for your mom’s birthday. And a throw pillow embroidered with “Boy Bye” for your newly single best friend. Every gift you could possibly need can be found here. Just don’t forget to pick up a little necklace for yourself —just because.
Multiple locations; renegadecraft.com. July 14 to 16 and September 9 and 10