Local Calendar 11/28/12 The Fall Markets Are Back! Get To The Markets This Weekend!

November 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

They’re back!!!!!!!!!! After a holiday weekend break, the stalwart “fall/winter” markets are back. I use the term “fall/winter” because as we all know, the weather in Chicago can be fall-like one day and wintery the next, it doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar! From a look at the farmers’ tables at the Green City Market last Wednesday, there is still plenty of local produce available, so get to the markets this weekend and stock up!!

Edible Chicago’s Quarterly Carousal with Brooklyn Brewery is tonight at High Dive Bar in Ukranian Village. It is the start of holiday market season, Ms. Mint’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar is this Tuesday, December 4th at Goose Island Clybourn from 4pm to 8pm. Kate Gross, aka Ms. Mint, specializes in unique agricultural products from all over the midwest, so come by, have a tasty Goose beer and meet the farmer’s and purveyors of some hard to find products like elderberry juice from Missouri and Wild Blossom Mead, made from fermented honey.

We try to be inclusive of events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food, urban ag, workshops/events are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield, their facebook page is here, we “like” them, and the other group is here in Chicago, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, we “like” them as well.

Now on to the week ahead at the markets!!


These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

City Provisions Deli 1818 West Wilson in Ravenswood, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op – Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town, Chicago GG has weekly wine and beer tastings check their website or twitter for details. 12/7 Wine tasting 5-7pm with Erica from Fine Vines

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave. The Slowbots will play in the Logan Square store Sat. 12:30pm followed by a wine tasting and Suckerpunch Gourmet Pickle and Ketchup Tasting 3-6pm.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont

Sugar Beet Co-op - a new kind of co-op that works to provide access to and programming on local, sustainable food for the Oak Park and Austin Communities.

November 28

Chicago – Edible Chicago partners with Brooklyn Brewery for the Quarterly Carousal at High Dive Bar 1938 West Chicago Avenue near Damen.6-9pm

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province Restaurant – Seasonal tasting menu $49 161 N. Jefferson

November 29

Chicago – C & D Family Farms Hyde Park 7am – 10am Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 30% off  Harold Washington Park at 53rd & Hyde Park Blvd.

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ 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

Crystal Lake – Screening of Doctored -Featuring Crystal Lake’s Dr. Tony presented by Premier Wellness Chiropractic 6pm Raue Center for the Arts 26 N. Williams St. 6-8pm After the movie enjoy appetizers and 2 drink tickets at Duke’s Ale House. $20

December 1

Chicago – 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Green City Market - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8am – 1pm 2430 N. Cannon Drive The chef demonstration is going to be Matthias Merges, Yusho !!! There will be markets 12/8, 12/22. No market 12/15

Chicago – 61st Market sponsored by Experimental Station –  6100 North Blackstone 9am – 2pm Connie Spreen of the market sends out a great weekly letter with some inspirational thoughts and excellent info as to what will be available. Go here to sign up for it. From 10:30am until supply runs out, Chef Nick Daloia from the Washburne Culinary Institute will be offering a tasting of his butternut squash ravioli with a fresh cranberry sauce, reduced to perfection…. Recipes will be available. Don’t forget to ask Nick how he makes his ravioli.

Chicago – Faith in Place Winter Markets - 12 pm – 4pm Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church 9147 S. Jeffery Blvd.

Chicago – Logan Square Holidays On the Square – Participating businesses will be celebrating the season with sweets, treats, tastings, delicious pop up shops, trunk shows, cupcake food truck, Santa, a tree lighting and more! Provenance Food and Wine will be participating, check it out!

Chicago – Scrumptious Pantry Holiday Open House 3230 West Fullerton  -10am – 4pm  As part of the Logan Square festivities, Lee Greene of Scrumptious Pantry is hosting a holiday Open House. Come to Heirloom HQ and make ornaments out of beans, lentils, apples, cloves. Plus, this event is kid friendly!!

Chicago - Co-op Image Holiday Bazaar Ignite Glass Studios 4-11pm 401 North Armour Live glass blowing demonstration music and food!

Chicago –  C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork will be at 3 locations today: 1) 8:30am – 10:30am On Belle Plaine off Lincoln across from CVS  2) Division St. 11:30am – 1:30pm  Just east of Clark 3) Evanston The Evanston Winter Market 9am – 1pm

Elgin - Elgin Farmers’ Market @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore 800 North State Street, 9Am-3PM-Every Saturday Open All Year Long

Evanston – Opening Day of the Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013.

Geneva – Geneva Winter Market 9am – 1pm 27 N. Bennett (Geneva Place)

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Winter Farmer’s Market Event  - 9am -2pm Featuring over 2 dozen vendors at The American Legion Civic Center 6140 Dempster St. This is the only market for December the next market event will be February 2nd.

Woodstock – Woodstock Winter Farmers Market 9am – 12pm McHenry County Farm Bureau Building 1102 McConnell Road

December 2

Beverly - C & D Family Farm 30% off Three Pepper Burgers and Ground Pork 8:30am – 10:30am In the parking lot at 95th and Longwood

Chicago - Glenwood Winter Market 9am -2pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N. Glenwood

Chicago - 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market Continues for another day! 11am – 6pm Pulaski Park Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk 11am – 6pm They’ll have hundreds of today’s greatest indie makers along with tasty local food + booze, workshops, a photobooth, DJs + more. Soup & Bread will be one of the participants!

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Glencoe – Chicago Botanic Gardens Winter Farmers Market – 10am – 1pm 1000 Lake Cook Road 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

December 3

Chicago –  Chicago Women in Green – Monthly gathering 5:30pm Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark St.  A social event group where women working to make the world a greener place come together and come together to see old friends, meet new friends, relax and enjoy great company.

December 4

Chicago – Re-Thinking Soup Jane Addams Hull House 12pm – 1pm 800 S. Halsted

Chicago – Ms. Mint’s Local and Fair  Trade Holiday Bazaar – She is back and this time it is at Goose Island Clybourn. Kate Gross, who carefully curates the artisans that are part of this unique event, is bringing. Ms. Mint’s Trading Post provides gift baskets of small batch local and fair trade products of the midwest all on one site.

Northbrook – Prairie Grass Cafe Hosts the Prairie State Winery Dinner presented by Evanston Cellars and the Midwest Wine Press. 601 Skokie Blvd. 6:30pm $85


December 6

Chicago – Fete Chicago - Room 1520 1520 W. Fulton St. (Enter at Justine St.) 312-952-1520 She is at it again, organized by Heather Sperling of Tasting Table, formerly of Dose Market, this holiday shopping event includes amazing food, fashion, music, a mix of everything and entry is only $5. The best thing ever though is that all gate proceeds and a percentage of sales goes to Fresh Moves, the bus that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas in the city.

December 7

Glenview – Screening of “FRESH The Movie”, Glenview New Church 74 Park Drive 7:30pm Sponsored by Faith In Place and The Glenview League of Women Voters.

December 8

Glenview – Faith in Place Indoor Market- 9 am – 1 pm Glenview New Church 74 Park Dr.

December 10

Chicago – The Stew Supper Club  - “Breakfast for Supper” 6338-40 North Clark 7:30pm $45 and you can purchase tickets here.

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Annual Meeting 10:00am – 4pm Southwind Park ISA is the group that is trying to support, promote, facilitate, create all things local in the food system in Illinois.

December 11 and December 18(Tuesdays)

Chicago – The Hideout Annual Holiday Sale – 6pm-9pm  1354 West Wabansia Each year The Hideout invites a number of talented Chicago artists to display their wares for the holiday season. The quality of work shown is fantastic. The sale will be held in the backroom of The Hideout. Crowds are expected as they have had at least 100 patrons come through on each night in past years.

December 15

Logan Square – Holiday Bizarre: A Story Slam Featuring Festive Food Fiascoes 8pm – 11pm 2385 N. Milwaukee Gaslight Coffee Roasters Join Graze magazine for a free, BYOB story slam! Five-minute tales of kitchen woes will be shared; Letherbee, Gaslight, and Paper Moon Pastry will provide food and drinks.

December 17

Chicago – Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock & Roll 6-8pm 20 E. Chestnut - Indulge in modern interpretations of the classic French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël. Enjoy tasting each pastry chef’s creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert. Benefits Share Our Strength Tickets $35





  1. Allison says:

    You should add Edible Alchemy (http://ediblealchemyfoods.com/) to your list…they offer local produce shares, dried bulk, and other goodies like pickles and jams. They also host workshops (they call them “playshops”) on things like canning and making kimchi. They are awesome!!!!

  2. Jeannie Boutelle says:

    Thanks a lot for the heads up!!! I did add Edible Alchemy and I will try to keep an eye on the workshops they do, they sound great. Feel free to keep us posted on them as well.

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