JEFFERSON PARK — The Jefferson Park Sunday Market is returning to the neighborhood this weekend at a new location.
The bimonthly market is 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. It will run Sundays until Oct. 10. In past years, it was at the Jefferson Memorial Park.
Parking will be available in the south lot of the heritage center while the market will take place in the north lot. There will be a single entrance and exit for a one-way traffic flow, and masks will be required for all vendors and attendees, said Market Manager Merril Miller.
People won’t be able to eat inside the market, but they can eat in the parking area, where The Fifth Province Pub will offer beverages, Miller said.
So far, about 17 vendors are signed up for the market, including Far Northwest Side local shops like Distinct Bath and Body, Fannie’s and Tamales Express. Because of spacing, location and scheduling, some vendors will participate every other Sunday and overlap with the Portage Park Farmers Market, which reopened last weekend.
During the pandemic, the market partnered with the Portage Park and Independence Park team to offer a consolidated drive-by market. Miller said that model didn’t work for some vendors.
“We are trying to give these vendors an opportunity to have their space wherever they can because these are many people that, because of last year, not having markets and festivals, they are struggling a little bit,” Miller said.
Miller said with all of the markets returning and people eager to get outside again, the community can experience overlap in vendors while having the opportunity to buy local.
“There is always a market for somebody to go to,” she said.
The Jefferson Park market will kick off with a 9:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with Alds. Jim Gardiner (45th) and Samantha Nugent (39th) and state Rep. John C. D’Amico.
To see a full list of the participating vendors, visit the market website.
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