Maxwell Street Market In Brief:
By Car from Downtown Chicago:
Maxwell Street Market in detail:
The Maxwell Street Market often features live blues music when the weather cooperates, and a number of food vendors serve up authentic Mexican fare like delicious tacos al pastor, enchiladas, and homemade horchata.
The Maxwell Street Market has a colorful history. Hull House, a large institution established by Jane Addams to help immigrants transition to life in Chicago, began on Maxwell Street leading to the area becoming a mix of ethnicities such as Greek, German, Polish, Italians, and eventually a large population of Eastern European Jews in the 1920s. This was the era when the open air market really came into full force, attracting those wanting to make a quick buck hawking goods -- items that were more often than not procured through not-so-legal means. The market continued to thrive in its original location until 1994, when it was moved several blocks east to allow space for an expansion of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The market was moved again in 2008 to its current location.