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It’s Finally Outdoor Market Season As Fulton Market Expo Kicks Off Saturday

Snag flowers, honey, jewelry and more from local businesses starting Saturday at the Fulton Market Expo.

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FULTON MARKET— Fulton Market is set to come alive this weekend as the second annual Fulton Market Expo kicks off, bringing local vendors, live music, food and more to the West Loop.

City officials will gather at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Fulton Market along Fulton and Green streets to launch the citywide market season and celebrate the market dubbed Fulton Market Expo.

Attendees can expect live music and a fashion show by Project Runway contestant Rakan Shams Aldeen.

The Expo pays homage to Fulton Market’s history as a hub for butchers and meatpackers, who used to pack the bustling corridor to sell their goods. Carla Agostinelli, executive director of West Loop Community Organization, said organizers had that in mind when planning the expo.

“It’s a way to honor makers in the district and welcome others,” Agostinelli said. “There’s a lot of great makers out there that need to be celebrated. What other place to do that than on a street built by makers?”

The market runs the first Saturday of the month, May to October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will highlight new vendors every month. This month’s nearly 20 makers include Modest Coffee, Crafted Colombian Treasures, West Side Bee Boyz, SKG Leather, Till’s Tastes, Six Point Pet, Petal Jet, farmer Cindy Beck, Elsie Mae’s Bakery and more.

Agostinelli said the neighborhood organization put the market together in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Office of the Mayor.

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The West Loop Community Organization is dedicating this season’s market to Ron Salazar,  of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, who worked to make the market a possibility before he died earlier this year, Agostinelli said.

Salazar and Agostinelli envisioned the market as part of a walking experience for Chicagoans to encounter Fulton Market Expo, Green City market at Mary Bartelme Park and the Maxwell Street market.

“Fulton and Maxwell are two historical markets in the city of Chicago. How amazing is it that they are within walking distance and the products that are available at each of these markets are so different? They each showcase the beauty that is the city of Chicago,” Agostinelli said.

More information on Fulton Market Expo can be found here.

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