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Summer Guide: Fresh From the Farm 

Our guide to the farmers' markets

The number—and size—of farmers' markets for city dwellers continues to increase, and more and more feature prepared-food vendors. Many are run by the city of Chicago; those without Web sites listed can be found at Senior coupons are available through the state's Department of Human Services, —Vera Videnovich


City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand A unique market on an urban farm on the border of the Gold Coast. 3-6 PM Tue-Fri, 8/21-10/16, 1204 N. Clybourn,

Federal Plaza 7 AM-3 PM, 5/18-10/26, Adams and Dearborn.

Hull-House Farmers' Market12:30-5:30 PM, 6/29-10/26, UIC parking lot, Halsted and Polk between Polk and Taylor.

Lincoln Square 7 AM-1 PM, 6/8-10/26, Lincoln, Leland, and Western, LINK card accepted.

Museum of Contemporary Art 7 AM-3 PM, 6/8-10/26, Chicago and Mies van der Rohe Way.

Prudential Plaza 7 AM-3 PM, 6/8-10/26, Lake and Beaubien Court.


Andersonville Farmers' Market Now in its second year, this community-friendly market has added eight new vendors to its roster and will feature kids' programming and live music. Eco Andersonville offers information and free recycled bags for shoppers. 3-8 PM through 9/8, then 3-7 PM, 9/15-10/6, Berwyn between Clark and Ashland,

Avondale Farmers' Market The Avondale neighborhood markets are held twice a month at locations a block apart: at Concordia Place on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM, then at Carl Von Linne School on Saturdays from 9 AM-1 PM. 3-6 PM, 6/23, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, Concordia Place, 3300 N. Whipple, LINK card and senior coupons accepted.

Green City Market This nationally recognized year-round market is in its 12th year of offering local and sustainable foods, along with chef demos, programs for kids, community festivals, and a September locavore challenge. Look for signs that identify heritage and heirloom market products. Also Saturdays. 7 AM-1 PM, 5/12-10/30, 1750 N. Clark,

Lawndale Market 3-7 PM, 7/7-10/13, Green City Youth Farm, 3555 W. Ogden,

Pullman 7 AM-noon, 6/23-10/13, 111th and Cottage Grove.

Ridgeville Farmers' Market Now in its fourth year, this nonprofit market offers between six to eight vendors and live entertainment. 4-7 PM through August; 3 PM-dusk in September, 5/12-9/29, Ridge and South, Evanston,

Seaway Bank Farmers' Market 9 AM-2 PM, 7/14-9/29, 87th and Langley,

South Shore 7 AM-1 PM, 6/9-10/27, 70th and Jeffery, LINK card accepted.


Daley Plaza 7 AM-3 PM, 5/13-10/14, Washington and Dearborn, LINK card accepted.

Eli's Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers' Market 7 AM-1 PM, 6/17-10/28, 6701 W. Forest Preserve.

Empty Bottle Farmers' Market The rock club, which began offering a market this winter, is now scheduling monthly markets at which it will offer locally sourced drink specials. 3-8 PM, 5/27, 1035 N. Western,

Englewood Farmers' Market 9 AM-2 PM, 6/24-11/25, 63rd between Lowe and Halsted.

Evergreen Park Farmers' Market Offers document shredding on June 17 and October 28. 7 AM-1 PM, 6/3-10/28, Yukich Field, Evergreen Park, 8900 S. Kedzie.

Hyde Park 7 AM-1 PM, 6/3-10/28, 52nd and Harper.

Lincoln Square This evening market is just steps from the train station. 4-8 PM, 6/17-9/2, Lincoln, Leland, and Western,

Uptown 8 AM-1 PM, 6/24-10/7, Weiss Memorial Hospital, 4646 N. Marine.

Willis Tower Plaza 7 AM-3 PM, 6/17-10/14, 233 S. Wacker.


Farmer Fridays at Uncommon Ground on Devon This market features live entertainment, food, an open house at the organically certified rooftop garden and apiary, and beer, wine, and liquor tastings. 4-8 PM, 6/4-9/24, 1401 W. Devon,

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