When it comes to great food, Chicago is no stranger to great eats. In fact, we love food so much that our city has some of the top rated restaurants in the world, not to mention the best pizza anywhere, period! However, food comes in all types of styles, from fresh markets to great-eating festivals. If you crave it, chances are Chicago has it. So where can you seek out some of these amazing markets to find, eat, and enjoy? Fear not, PPM's got you covered. We put together a list of our top 3 edibles in Chicago. From Lakeview to River North, we've got your taste buds covered.
Here are some quick tips before we dive in. First up, wear sunscreen. Even though these places have tents, the sun can be brutal on the skin, even if you’re not headed to the beach. Second up, and this is important, bring cash. Many fresh markets don’t supply a credit card machine, so it is imperative to grab some cash before you go. Finally, think healthy. Markets like these are a great place to get the freshest, healthiest food around, so enjoy. Here are PPM’s top 3 markets you have to see!
Chicago Farmers’ Markets
(May – October) Chicago Farmers’ Markets are located throughout the city and feature farmers from across the Midwest offering the freshest organic and non-organic produce, cheese, bread, jam, pies, flowers, and more. Evening “community” markets feature local artisans, performances, and food products from local farmers and the neighborhoods. Various times and locations | chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Green City Market
(Outdoors, Wednesdays & Saturdays, May 2 – October 31) This popular market promotes local, sustainable farmers and producers by connecting them to chefs and the public. Educational programming includes Edible Gardens' workshops and Club Sprouts for kids. Green City Market moves from its winter home in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to Lincoln Park, plus a satellite location in the West Loop, until, the end of October. Green City Market Lincoln Park, 1817 N. Clark St. | Wed & Sat 7a.m – 1p.m.; 10:30a.m. Chef demonstrations | Green City Market Fulton, 799 W. Fulton Market | Sat 9a.m. – 2p.m. (starting June 9) | greencitymarket.org
Garden Chef Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden
(Saturdays & Sundays, May 23 – October 4) Each weekend throughout the summer, more than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate creative ways to use garden-fresh produce. Visitors are educated and inspired to grow, cook with, and eat a variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe | 1:30 & 2:30p.m. | chicagobotanic.org/chef