A Roundup of the Local Markets for Fall and Winter

October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The cold weather may have arrived but that doesn’t mean that there are not options to buy local in the fall and winter time. Specialty produce stores like the Green Grocer provide the ability to source local even when we are surrounded by piles of snow. In Chicago, we are fortunate to have some stalwart fall and winter markets that continue to supply greens, other vegetables, fruits, bread and meat. Once January arrives, some markets are held once a month, some every other week, we wil keep you posted on the schedule in the Local Calendar. Here is a list of some of your options in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.



Winter Market Every third Sunday of the month, starting 11/18 which will take place at First Free Evangelical Church 5255 North Ashland at Berwyn  Schedule: November 18, December16 11:30am-2pm First Free Evangelical Church 5255 N. Ashland (corner of Ashland and Berwyn) January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21 11:00am-2:00pm Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St.

Lincoln Park

The Green City Market – Saturdays The GCM goes to their fall/winter home at the Peggy Notebaert Museum (2430 North Cannon Drive), just north of their summer location by the Lincoln Park Zoo. Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1pm, Nov. 3 through December 22nd except Dec. 15.  There will be a special pre-Thanksgiving Market on Wednesday November 21. The market will take a short break in January and continue indoors on Saturdays through April, starting up again Jan.19th through April 27.

Hyde Park/Woodlawn

61st Street Farmers Market - Saturdays 9am – 2pm Moves inside to its Fall/Winter headquarters at The Experimental Station 6100 S. Blackstone. Markets are 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.

Logan Square

The Logan Square Indoor Market – Sundays 11/4 – 3/31/13 10am – 2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee No market 11/24.


Pilsen Community Market Honky Tonk BBQ 11-4pm Music at noon 1800 S. Racine

New! – Portage Park

Indoor Winter’s Farmers’ Market 12/16, 1/20/13, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5 Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee 10am to 2pm

Roger’s Park

Glenwood Sunday Market – Holiday markets at the Glenwood Bar 11/13, 11/20 and 12/11. Stay tuned to their website for their 2013 locations and a potential holiday pop-up market.

Ukranian Village

Empty Bottle, 11-4, Sunday Nov 18.  (Cortez & Western)


Uptown Farmer’s Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive

Faith in Place Winter Markets - Sponsors a slew of winter markets at different venues throughout Chicago. Their first market is 11/17 at Coppin Memorial AME Church 5627 S. Michigan. Check back at the Beet each week for the locations or go to their website. Markets are slated for 11/17, 12/8, 12/15, 1/12/13, 1/26, 2/17, 3/9 and 3/16.

Elgin Winter Market – 9am – 3pm Every Saturday November through May. 800 North State Street Our mantra is “Keepin It Local” As such, our intention has always been to supply our local community with local products and crafts. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce our new venture…. Winter Market -Elgin will be showcasing all of our Winter Market vendors, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Elgin 40,000 sq. ft facility at 800 North State.


Evanston Winter Market – After this weekend, Evanston will take a break, then start up its winter market on Saturday 12/1 at the Evanston Ecology Center from 9am – 1pm through April.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston usually holds a big market the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov 17 this year) from 7 to 1.


Geneva Green Market- Saturdays 9am – 1pm November through May Winter location N 5th Street The Geneva Green Market/Geneva Community Winters Markets are principally “PRODUCER ONLY” farmers markets. This means that the people who you purchase your items from are the people who produce, plant, grow, harvest and process the products at the market. Most of the sellers are the farmers themselves. With mileage criteria of 200 miles, most of the farms can be visited and many have field visitation days during the season.


Grayslake – Fall Farmers Market – Mondays Downtown Grayslake 10am – 2pm 10/22 – 12/22 The Spring market starts up April 7th through May 26th.

Morton Grove

Morton Grove Farmers Market – Saturday 12/1 and 2/3/13.


Countryside UU Church in Palatine is hosting its own one-time market on Sunday, Nov 11, 10 to 2.


Woodstock Farmers Market – Saturdays 9am – 12pm Through December except 11/24 and 12/30) Then the 1st Saturday of each month through April 2013. McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road




  1. Frank says:

    Uptown Farmer’s Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive.

  2. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Frank – Thanks for the update and sorry for the omission. Appreciate the info! More farmer’s markets on the calendar is always a good thing!!! JB

  3. Karen says:

    Home Grown Cow is a year-round on-line farmers’ market for meat, poultry, and cheese with many farms listed within the Chicago food shed – some even ship or deliver.

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