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 chicagofarmersmarkets.us. Senior coupons are available through the state’s Department of Human Services, dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30521. —Vera Videnovich
City Farm Heirloom Tomato Stand A unique market on an urban farm on the border of the Gold Coast.
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.
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.
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.
Lawndale Market 3-7 PM, 7/7-10/13, Green City Youth Farm, 3555 W. Ogden, chicagobotanic.org/greenyouthfarm.
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.
Seaway Bank Farmers’ Market 9 AM-2 PM, 7/14-9/29, 87th and Langley, seawaybank.us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avondale Farmers’ Market Also Wednesdays.
Bridgeport 7 AM-1 PM, 6/12-10/16, 35th and Wallace.
Bronzeville Community Market 8 AM-1 PM, 6/5-10/30, 4500 S. Cottage Grove, qcdc.org.
El Conuco Farmers’ Market Backyard gardeners are encouraged to sell produce at this hyperlocal west-side market.
Division Street 7 AM-1 PM, 5/15-10/30, Division and Dearborn, LINK card accepted.
Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market Like the Oak Park market, this one is in its 35th year. In addition to more than 30 vendors it features live music, community tents, and several special events. Free parking in the Maple Avenue Parking Garage.
Edgewater Green Market In addition to live entertainment, this market offers beehive tours, a bike-recycling program, and occasional morning yoga classes.
Green City Market Also Wednesdays.
Lincoln Park 7 AM-1 PM, 5/15-10/30, Lincoln Park High School, Armitage and Orchard.
Nettelhorst French Market 8 AM-2 PM, 4/24-11/6, Nettelhorst School, Broadway and Melrose.
North Center 7 AM-1 PM, 6/19-10/30, Belle Plaine, Damen, and Lincoln.
Oak Park Farmers’ Market In addition to local produce this market, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, offers bluegrass and fresh doughnuts.
Printers Row 7 AM-1 PM, 6/19-10/16, Printers Row Park, Dearborn and Polk.
Rowan Trees Farmers’ Market 8 AM-4 PM, 5/1-10/31, 501 W. Englewood, teamworkenglewood.org.
61st Street Farmers’ Market 9 AM-2 PM, 5/15-10/30, 61st between Dorchester and Blackstone, experimentalstation.org; the LINK card program at this market doubles the value up to $25 per visit.
Southport Green Market 8 AM-2 PM, 6/12-10/9, Blaine School, 1420 W. Grace.
West End Market This community market, now in its third year, offers entertainment and bake sales in addition to produce.
West Humboldt Park Farmers’ Market A monthly market that also includes cooking demos, health-related resource vendors, family-focused activities, and live music.
Beverly 7 AM-1 PM, 5/16-10/24, 95th and Longwood, LINK card accepted.
Erie Street 8 AM-1 PM, 6/6-10/10, 500 W. Erie.
Glenwood Sunday Market This new market boasts that all its farmers are organic or in the process of transitioning to organic and are from within 200 miles of Rogers Park. Live entertainment, kids programming, and a “green tent” are planned.
Independence Park Farmers’ Market 9 AM-1 PM, second and fourth Sundays 6/13-10/10, 3945 N. Springfield, independence-park.com.
Logan Square Farmers’ Market This year the popular independent market, featuring vendors specializing in gelato, macaroons, herbs, and honey in addition to produce and meat, will take place on Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee and Kedzie; plans to divert traffic and the number 56 Milwaukee bus have been nixed.
Pilsen Community Market 9 AM-3 PM, 6/13-10/31, 1800 S. Halsted, pilsencommunitymarket.org.
Portage Park Farmers’ Market 10 AM-2 PM, First, third, and fifth Sundays 6/6-10/31, 4100 N. Long, friendsofportagepark.org.
The Sunday Market Live music, cooking demos, yoga, and free tennis lessons for kids.
Wicker Park & Bucktown 8 AM-2 PM, 6/6-10/24, Wicker Park and Damen.