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May 15, 2024

4 of the Best Artisan Markets in Chicago

Chicago is a hub of culture and a pillar of some of the best food in the Nation. There’s no better place to see these characteristics collide than by visiting a local artisan market during your trip to the city. Locals and tourists alike love to soak in the bustling array of food and craft vendors, enjoying uncovering new favorites to come back to again and again. If you’re visiting Chicago and looking for a unique souvenir to remember your travels (and grab a delectable bite to eat while you’re at it), be sure to stop by one of these markets.

Chicago Artisan Market

Step into a world of creativity and craftsmanship at the Chicago Artisan Market, where local artisans showcase their talents and unique creations. From handcrafted jewelry and artisanal foods to home decor and artwork, this vibrant market offers an array of treasures waiting to be discovered. With a focus on supporting small businesses and celebrating entrepreneurship, the Chicago Artisan Market provides a platform for artisans to share their passions with the community. Whether you’re seeking a special gift, a piece for your home, or looking to browse artistry, this market promises an immersive shopping experience.

Green City Market

Green City Market started with just nine local farmers. From its humble beginnings in the crosswalk next to the Chicago Theatre, the market quickly flourished, outgrowing its original location and finding a new home at the south end of Lincoln Park, where it operates from May to October. From November to April, they are also open at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. During the summer, visitors are treated to fresh produce and meats, artisanal breads, pastries, farm-fresh eggs, and other locally sourced delights. With a commitment to providing sustainable locally grown food, Green City Market has become a staple in Chicago, offering a vibrant and bustling marketplace where the community can come together to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying the very best of the season’s harvest.

Logan Square Farmers Market

Standing as a vibrant testament to community and local commerce, Logan Square Farmers Market serves as a beloved open-air food market and gathering place. This market has become a cornerstone of the neighborhood’s identity, fostering connections between farmers, small-scale food producers, and residents alike. More than just a place to shop for fresh, locally sourced goods, the market serves as a hub of activity where neighbors come together to socialize and celebrate the Logan Square community. Recognized as the “Best Farmers Market in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine and honored by USA Today as the best in Illinois, the Logan Square Farmers Market continues to provide a vibrant space for residents to connect with local food and culture.

Time Out Market Chicago

Time Out Market is a great place to experience the vibrant pulse of Chicago’s culinary and cultural scene. Nestled in the heart of the Fulton Market District, it has quickly become a must-visit destination for food and culture enthusiasts alike. This market brings together the city’s best restaurants, bars, and cultural experiences, offering visitors an authentic taste of Chicago. Housed within a stand-alone brick building, the market’s three floors feature 18 curated food offerings, three bars, a demonstration kitchen, and an event space. With indoor and outdoor seating areas as well as a rooftop terrace, there’s space for nearly 600 guests to indulge in the diverse culinary delights. Whether you’re craving local favorites or eager to explore new culinary adventures, Time Out Market Chicago promises an unforgettable experience for all.

Shop like a local

No matter the time of year there are so many places to explore the local artisan markets, but the summer provides a unique experience and ambiance you can’t find anywhere else. These pop-ups are a great place to stop by for lunch or to try a new dish you’ve never had before. They also allow you to discover one-of-a-kind crafts and items that will enable you to look back fondly on your vacation to the Windy City.

Hotel EMC2 is also dedicated to providing an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Just steps from many of the biggest attractions in the city and a few blocks from most of these markets, our hotel promises to deliver a restful oasis and curiosities that are begging to be discovered. To learn more, click here.

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
228 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 915-0000
Reservations: (844) 205-3939
Email: Info@HotelEMC2.com
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