Maxwell Street Market is on the move again
Source: Chicago Tribune
The Maxwell Street Market was held for the last time on Canal Street on Sunday as the city moves vendors next week a few blocks away to Desplaines Street, a change that will take the market even farther from its eclectic roots.
For about 120 years, the market was on Maxwell Street, stretching west from Halsted Street. In 1994, it moved to Canal Street, the victim of expansion by a more politically connected institution, the University of Illinois at Chicago.
At the time, some mourned the loss of a vibrant part of city history. But many vendors eventually came to be comfortable with the tighter security on Canal Street, and they could appreciate the tighter regulation that made the market more respectable.
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Other interesting Maxwell Street links:
Encyclopedia of Chicago: Maxwell Street