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‘The Big Deal’ Summer Bash Celebrates Historic Maxwell Street Market This Weekend

A staple in Chicago for more than a century, Maxwell Street Market’s Sunday bash will feature 125 vendors, live music and much more.

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NEAR WEST SIDE — The historic Maxwell Street Market will kick it into high gear this weekend for a special summer bash to celebrate Chicago’s longest-running open-air market.

Dubbed “The Big Deal” summer celebration, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is teaming up with Humana to honor the market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 800 S. Desplaines St.

A staple in Chicago for more than a century, Maxwell Street Market’s special Sunday bash will feature live music, 125 vendors, a mural dedication ceremony, art workshops and more. 

Mark Kelly, Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner, pointed to the significance the market has had for generations of immigrant businesses and musicians. It’s also where “the Maxwell Street Polish was first sold and now thousands of handmade tortillas are pressed each Sunday.”

“We are proud to nurture this Chicago tradition with more vendors, more food and more programming,” Kelly said in a statement. 

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During Sunday’s celebration, Chicago Fair Trade will have a pop-up bazaar featuring handmade crafts, clothing, Bolivian jewelry, kitchenware and more. 

Kimski/Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar will serve up its take on the Maxwell Street Polish, and the Marz Community Brewing Co will sell limited release “Maxwell Street Lager” beer.

Banda Show Revelación, Ron Haynes Game Changers, Los Gallos will take to two stages throughout the day. 

A mural created by artist Liz Reyes and teenagers from Yollocalli Arts Reach will be unveiled, and the National Museum of Mexican Art will host art workshops inspired by the history of the market. 

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

More information on Sunday’s celebration can be found here.

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