Our Favorite Farmers Markets near the Gold Coast

As warm weather arrives, Chicagoans emerge from their homes in droves and flock outside to enjoy the great outdoors. Beach days at the lake and dining alfresco top Windy City to-do lists, but a warm Chicago day just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the farmers markets. Fresh flowers and raw honey never disappoint, and they can be yours every weekend this summer. Here are a few of our favorite markets, just steps from our beloved Gold Coast.

GREEN CITY MARKET – Lincoln Park

1817 N Clark St
Saturdays 8 AM to 1 PM in April
Wednesdays and Saturdays 7 AM to 1 PM, May through October
Operates rain or shine

One of the most popular farmers markets in the city, and with good reason. Situated beautifully by the lake and nestled inside Lincoln Park, the sprawling green space has connections with over 50 local vendors. Green City is also the first market in the United States to require all of their farmers to be certified by a nationally-recognized third party agency. Located in a bustling part of town, extend your day by heading over to the Lakefront Trail or exploring the Magnificent Mile.

HOW TO GET THERE:

CTA Bus: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 73 Armitage, and 151 Sheridan stop directly in front of Green City Market
CTA Train: Sedgwick Brown Line, Clark/Division Red Line
Parking: Metered street parking; discounted parking in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot off of Stockton at $13 for two hours, if validated. Parking validation cards are available at all entrances to the market.

DIVISION STREET CITY MARKET

100 W Division St
Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, May through October

Handmade candles, cheese, and fresh produce headline the Division Street City Market that’s practically located in HOW TO GET THERE:

CTA Bus: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 73 Armitage, and 151 Sheridan
CTA Train: Sedgwick Brown Line, Clark/Division Red Line
Parking: Metered Street Parking

MCA FARMERS MARKET

220 E Chicago Ave, corner of Pearson
Tuesdays 7 AM to 2 PM, June through October

Located in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, vegetables and fruit are overflowing on Saturdays along Chicago Ave. Multiple MCA vendors have also been known to sell houseplants, allowing you to spruce up your apartment while simultaneously treating yourself to Wisconsin cheese and freshly baked bread. While strolling, be sure to get your caffeine fix at Back of the Yards coffee, a woman and Latinx owned coffee shop from the south side of Chicago.

HOW TO GET THERE:

CTA Bus: 3 King Dr, 66 Chicago, and 157 Streeterville/Taylor stop directly outside MCA. Many other bus routes stop along Michigan Ave – look to stop near Water Tower Place
CTA Train: Chicago Red Line
Parking: Metered Street Parking