Summer is in full swing, which means Chicagoans are lucky enough to have access to a huge variety of farmers markets all across the city. There are plenty of options out there, so here’s a guide on where to get the freshest foods any day of the week!
Head up to Loyola University’s Farmers Market in the afternoon from 3-7pm. This is a “producers only” market. This means the growers and producers grow and produce their quality fruits and vegetables. The bakers and other local producers also take considerable time securing quality ingredients to bring you healthy and great tasting foods!
The Federal Plaza holds a sprawling farmers market from 7am – 3pm every Tuesday through October 25th. It’s the perfect location for anyone working in the loop looking for great, fresh food before work or during a quick lunch break!
The Green City Market on Wednesdays from 7am – 1pm can’t be missed! Remarkably, it is Chicago’s only year round, sustainable market. This non-for profit farmers market is doing great things for the city holding programs such as chef demonstrations, field trips, and even giving away scholarships!
Lincoln square is the place to be on Thursday evenings! The Farmers Market takes place from 4pm – 8pm every Thursday night through October 27th. This farmers market aims to bring the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood communities together around the goodness of fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade baked goods.
If you feel like taking a trek outside the city before the weekend check out the Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market every Friday from 7am – 12pm. Just 45 minutes from the city in the gorgeous North Shore area, this farmers market has been providing fresh, organic and locally-sourced produce for over 20 years and is now a national phenomenon, filling the plates of restaurants and families across the United States.
The Sidetrack Saturdays Market in Boystown has it all. From 1pm – 4pm every Saturday this market not only offers fresh produce, but even local Chicago favorites like Stamper Cheese and The Amazing Kale Burger. This market offers an array of local farmers and Chicago-based small businesses that offer some of the best eats out there.
On Sundays from 9am – 3pm the Pilsen Farmers Market offers reasonably priced fresh food and plenty of artisan tastes! This is one of the smaller markets in the city, but well worth the trip, especially if you’re in the area! This farmers market offers everything from fresh honey to dog treats and even original art.