Monday, February 1, 2010

Maxwell Street

Sup people?

A couple of weeks ago I was driving near Roosevelt and 94 and decided to stop by Maxwell Street Market's new location, Roosevelt Road and Desplaines Street.

If you've never been to it, it's basically an outdoor flea market, complete with a few food vendors and all the bootleg merch you can handle. The market itself has a rich history steeped in blues music and, more recently, Polish hot dogs by way of Jim's Original.

Over the years the market has been moved around the UIC/"University Village" area a few times (the Market was originally located at the intersection of Maxwell Street and Halsted Avenue). Luckily, the spirit lives on.

I have to admit, I was sad the day the city decided to "rejuvenate" that area and move the vendors a few streets away. If you ever visited back in its heyday you would know what I mean.
Here's a photo of the market in the '50s.
I went there with my parents back in the early '80s so imagine that photo with people wearing tight jeans, L.A. Gears and tons of hairspray.

And here's the new strip...

Feel free to share any stories you may have of Maxwell Street Market, past or present. Peace.


  1. I remember riding my bike here during the summer once and checking out a MASSIVE display of candy at one booth. (Total sucker for gummies in all shapes and sizes.) The tacos here are also to die for—they beat the pants off any four-walled establishment any day.

  2. Oh man, the flamest tacos, huge fresh corn tortillas pressed right there while you wait, the bomb...