Farmers markets
Shoppers going to market will find more than seasonal produce this year. Many markets in the city and suburbs plan to offer live entertainment, artist booths and activities for children. Cassie Walker Burke, Justine Tobiasz / AP Images / WBEZ

The WBEZ guide to 80-plus summer farmers’ markets in Chicago and the suburbs

Shoppers going to market will find more than seasonal produce this year. Many markets in the city and suburbs plan to offer live entertainment, artist booths and activities for children. Cassie Walker Burke, Justine Tobiasz / AP Images / WBEZ
Farmers markets
Shoppers going to market will find more than seasonal produce this year. Many markets in the city and suburbs plan to offer live entertainment, artist booths and activities for children. Cassie Walker Burke, Justine Tobiasz / AP Images / WBEZ

The WBEZ guide to 80-plus summer farmers’ markets in Chicago and the suburbs

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2022 will likely be a bumper year for Chicago-area farmers markets. Several suburbs have added new markets or expanded the hours or days of existing ones. They’re also offering more crowd-pleasing extras, from live music to artists’ tables to kids’ activities.

It could be a good year for shoppers, too: Healthy organic food remains fairly untouched by inflation that is driving up prices at grocery stores, and several event organizers say they are making it easier this year for recipients of Illinois Link/SNAP food assistance cards to use their benefits. Find a full list of 80-plus markets (with new updates!) in the Chicago area and suburbs below, organized by day of the week for easy shopping.

UPDATE, 5/12/2022: We added a searchable, zoomable map! Use it to locate the markets near you.

Explore markets by day

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Green City Market
Abby Schilling of Mick Klug Farm in Michigan arranges produce at Green City Market in Lincoln Park. Victor Hilitski / Chicago Sun-Times

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Daley Plaza farmers market
A woman checks out the many types of jam available at the weekly market in Daley Plaza. Al Podgorski / Chicago Sun-Times

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Monday

mushrooms at farmer's market
Fresh mushrooms from River Valley Ranch in Burlington, WI., line a table at Green City Market in Lincoln Park. Victor Hilitski / Chicago Sun-Times

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Andersonville farmer's market
Andersonville Farmers Market often offers live entertainment. Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times

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Armitage and Halstead farmer's market
Chicago has a tradition of markets. Vicki Riemersma and Bill Zandstra from Zandstra Farms laugh with a customer at a farmer’s market near Armitage and Halsted streets in 1983. Richard Derk / Chicago Sun-Times

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South Loop farmer's market
Windy City Harvest has a produce stall at the South Loop Farmers Market on Thursday evenings. Natalie Watts / Chicago Sun-Times

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Joliet farmer's market
Mary Imgmire looks at the fruit in the Windy Hill Farm stand at the farmers market in downtown Joliet. John Patsch / Chicago Sun-Times

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