HUNTER’S NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: GREEN CITY MARKET
N. Clark and N. Lincoln Ave. (approximately 1817 N. Clark)
Chicago, IL 60614
When it comes to farmers’ markets in Chicago, Green City Market Lincoln Park is a North Side treasure. For two decades, the market has been dedicated to making locally and sustainably farmed foods accessible to Chicago’s residents, with food education at the heart of the operation. With dozens of local and regional vendors every week, and special events with local chefs and food organizations, Green City Market provides the opportunity to truly get to know your food and where it comes from.
Green City Market Lincoln Park has paved the way for sustainable markets across the country, as it was the first to require all vendors to be certified by a nationally recognized third party agency. For its food, this means each market vendor is subject to higher standards of animal welfare and environmentally friendly farming practices. For the public, this means people can feel better about the foods they purchase, because each farmer featured has proven dedication to accountability for their products.
In addition to a wealth of sustainably farmed offerings, Green City Market is a neighborhood destination for the whole family. Club Sprouts is the market’s child-centered tent, providing tastings of local products and engaging activities like scavenger hunts and interactive recipe demonstrations every week from 8am-12pm. The market is also a frequent host to local musicians, giving children the chance to move and groove during your visit.
Nestled into the park’s green space just south of Lincoln Park Zoo, Green City Market Lincoln Park operates every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am-1pm, May through October. In addition to its Lincoln Park location, the market has expanded its reach with extra locations and hours in the West Loop (Mary Bartelme Park) and Wrigleyville (Gallagher Way, formerly The Park at Wrigley). Green City Market also operates year-round with a winter indoor location at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, November through April.
For more information about upcoming market events, vendors, and programs, visit Green City Market’s website.
Planning your visit: Green City Market Lincoln Park is most accessible by CTA Bus, with 4 bus lines stopping at the market: #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #73 Armitage, and #151 Sheridan. If you’re traveling via CTA train, the Brown line Sedgwick stop will get you the closest to the market entrance, with about a half mile walk from the station. If you’ll be traveling to the market by car, Green City offers $10.00 validated parking at the Chicago Historical Museum lot. Parking validation cards are available at the market’s entrance in the information booth.