No one's told Mother Nature yet, but summer is right around the corner. This May, Chicago is paying more attention to the calendar than the weather as the city revs up for farmer's markets, barbecues and refreshing food and drinks. So even if it means grabbing a sweatshirt, head outside and celebrate the (eventual) arrival of spring.
Evanston Farmers' Market and Green City Market
Evanston's farmers' market is one of the earliest in the city. Opening this Saturday from 7:30 am until 1:00 pm, the farmers' market is located at the intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue, in the parking lot behind the Hilton. This year brings a new feature to the market: "green" bags will be available to shoppers for a small fee. Market-goers are invited to join the new "Friends of the Market" group that the city of Evanston has launched to help support the operations of the market. The group will help with market set-up, fund-raising and will staff an information table. For more information or to join the group, contact Zollie Webb at (847) 448-8138. A sure sign of spring, the Green City Market moves outdoors this Wednesday, May 12 from its wintertime spot in the Notebaert Nature Museum. It will now take place at the south end of Lincoln Park from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays until October. Green City Market's approximate address is 1790 N. Clark Street.
A pairing of white chocolate mousse and a hum cocktial at Cibo Matto. Photo courtesy of Foodie the App's Food & Spirits Series