The 18 Best Farmers Markets in Chicago
Start your day with a cup of coffee from a local roastery, a freshly baked pastry, a haul of seasonal fruits and veggies, and a bouquet of flowers to brighten up your apartment. You can find all of these items (and more!) at the many farmers markets found across Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. While these pop-up, open-air community events run during the summer and fall, a few brave the Midwest winter by moving indoors for the colder months.
Whether you’re looking to stock up on groceries for the week or simply grab a meal right then and there, consider these outdoor hubs the perfect place to support small businesses, find high-quality, organic produce, and sample delicious local eats. Find your favorite or try them all, because there are farmers markets available almost every day of the week in Chicago.
Here are the 18 you’ll want to give a go during your time in the Windy City, including:
- Green City Market
- Northcenter Farmers Market
- Lincoln Park Farmers Market
- Naperville Farmers Market
- Wheaton French Market
- Nettelhorst French Market
- Plant Chicago Farmers Market
- Logan Square Farmers Market
- Pilsen Community Market
- Roscoe Village Farmers Market
- Glenwood Sunday Market
- Wicker Park Farmers Market
- Low-Line Market
- Edgewater Farmers Market
- Lincoln Square Farmers Market
- Andersonville Farmers Market
- Daley Plaza City Market
- South Loop Farmers Market
Let’s get started!
Saturday farmers markets in Chicago
Green City Market
Peruse homemade honey and jams, locally roasted coffee, loose-leaf teas, popcorn, meats, cheese, and more at the Green City Market. This staple, which has three different city locations, is “green” for a reason: It features solely environmentally friendly vendors and promotes good health and sustainability.
Check out the Lincoln Park location from April through November, the West Loop location from May through November, and the Avondale location from December through March—all on Saturdays.
Northcenter Farmers Market
On Saturday mornings from June through October, head to the family-friendly neighborhood of Northcenter for its farmers market. In addition to locally sourced produce, this market hosts vendors who sell cookies, coffee, nuts, marshmallows, and cheese. Plus, you can indulge your green thumb by taking home a plant or an array of fresh flowers.
Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Open rain or shine each Saturday, April through November, the Lincoln Park Farmers Market is a fun way to kickstart your weekend. This spot features a diverse lineup of vendors, such as candle sellers, apothecary offerings, and soaps and sugar scrubs. You also won’t leave hungry, since it’s the place to sample Greek food, hot tamales, and freshly baked goods.
Naperville Farmers Market
Out in the ‘burbs, the Naperville Farmers Market hosts over 50 vendors, ranging from pet supplies to produce. This market offers scrumptious snacks such as gelato, donuts, and kettle corn, along with a myriad of farm-to-table eats for a heartier meal. This market is located on the outskirts of Naperville’s vibrant downtown district, which means you can stroll this suburb’s famous Riverwalk afterward.
Wheaton French Market
Another Saturday suburban staple resides a couple of miles away. Wheaton’s downtown becomes a hotspot for sellers showcasing jewelry, an assortment of handcrafted goods, flowers, fruits, and veggies. While French markets can be found in a few different towns throughout the greater Chicago area, the Wheaton location recently received a facelift, with the construction of a permanent canopy for this event, which runs from April to November.
Nettelhorst French Market
The city location of the aforementioned French market also takes place on Saturdays, April through October, in the Lakeview neighborhood. This market’s mouthwatering selection of fresh bread, meats, and cheeses (along with plenty of other food options) is well worth getting out of bed a little bit earlier on the weekend. The Nettelhorst French Market can be found at 3252 N. Broadway Street on the north side.
Plant Chicago Farmers Market
From June through November, explore vegan treats, organic desserts, and an array of produce at the Plant Chicago Farmers Market, hosted at Davis Square Park on the South Side. While you can enjoy the traditional market experience, there are plenty of things that make this one unique. For example, Plant Chicago invites guests to bring food scraps that they will deliver to a compost facility nearby. Visitors can also enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more.
Sunday farmers markets in Chicago
Logan Square Farmers Market
This is one of the few year-round markets in the city, so you’ll definitely want to hit up this treasure in the eclectic and artsy neighborhood of Logan Square. This market is open every Sunday (as well as select Saturdays) and encourages visitors to shop locally for home-grown produce or delicious eats from surrounding small businesses. In addition to your standard farmers market finds, browse pet treats, artisanal coffee, Sicilian street food, and much more.
Do note that while the Logan Square Farmers Market typically stays open through colder months by moving indoors, the 2022 market will be on pause during wintertime.
Pilsen Community Market
Pilsen is a neighborhood that values community and good food. You can find both of those things at this nonprofit community market, which is open to the public on Sundays. Minimally processed produce and seasonal meals are available, along with vendors carrying natural soaps, spices, and salsas. Also, there is great live music!
Roscoe Village Farmers Market
A newer addition to the Chi-Town scene, the Roscoe Village farmers market is a quaint and charming little place to pick up coffee and a pastry. This market is known for its chill vibes and is also dog-friendly for those who want to allow their pup to tag along. You will find this pop-up running every Sunday from June through October.
Glenwood Sunday Market
Nestled in the neighborhood of Rogers Park, this market prides itself on offering organic, sustainably grown eats. Snag veggies grown from a nearby farm, try specialty pickles, sample seasonal chocolates, or stock up on quality honey. Make your way to the Glenwood Sunday Market on Sunday mornings, June through October, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 6960 N. Glenwood Avenue.
Wicker Park Farmers Market
There are fresh blueberries, caramel candies, and organic eggs galore at the Wicker Park Farmers Market. Its unique array of vendors rotates throughout the season for themed events, such as a month honoring Black-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, eco-friendly businesses, and holiday selections. This market can be found outdoors from April through October before moving indoors for the winter season.
Monday farmers markets in Chicago
Edgewater Farmers Market
From June through August in the afternoons, stop by the farmers market in Edgewater. This little find features 14 vendors that carry delicious fruits and vegetables, fine meats and cheeses, breakfast pastries, and prepared foods. According to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, hosting this event on a Monday allows for fewer crowds and helps out locals round out their grocery shopping for the week.
Tuesday farmers markets in Chicago
Spice up your Tuesdays at the Low-Line Market situated between the Lakeview and Roscoe Village neighborhoods. You can find this market outdoors under the Southport Brown Line “L” station, complete with live music, artisanal goods, and fresh flowers. This entire corridor is absolutely adorable and chock full of shopping, dining, and prime walkability. This market is open from June through October and is dog-friendly!
Lincoln Square Farmers Market
Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons/evenings are when Chicagoans can catch the Lincoln Square Farmers Market, open May through November in the heart of this cute northside neighborhood. Order a delicious plate of tamales, treat yourself to ice cream, sample sauces and salsas, or find your fill of organic produce. The vendors on Tuesdays and Thursdays can vary, so there’s no shame in stopping at this market twice in one week!
Wednesday farmers markets in Chicago
Andersonville Farmers Market
A rotating circuit of vendors ensures you won’t get bored at the Andersonville Farmers Market. From bread-baking specialists to tofu-friendly sellers and pie makers, this spot has something for everyone. It’s also the place to shop unique candles, CBD products, skincare, and Swedish home decor. Make hump day a little more manageable by checking out this spot on Wednesday afternoons from May through October.
Thursday farmers markets in Chicago
Daley Plaza City Market
Smack dab in the middle of Downtown Chicago lies Daley Plaza, an outdoor space that hosts a variety of events throughout the year (including the beloved yuletide celebration, Christkindlmarket). Between May through October, you can find the city’s longest-running farmer’s market, where visitors can browse seasonal produce, treats, flowers, and goods from local vendors.
South Loop Farmers Market
Experience farm-grown food in the heart of the city at two South Loop Farmers Market locations. Try baked cheese, sweet and savory baos, or handcrafted cold brew in addition to finding an abundance of produce. These markets are situated in Downtown Chicago, with the Grant Park location open on Thursdays (June through October) and the Printer’s Row location open on Saturdays (May through October). Your dog can enjoy some fresh air too, as both of these locations are pet-friendly!
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