Maxwell Street Market

The place for regional Mexican cuisine

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Print

By David Hammond

Maxwell Street Market is easy to get to from Oak Park, and it’s one of my favorite food zones in the city.

I think you should visit.

I went to the old Maxwell Street Market (the one that used to be on the namesake street) in around 1966: it’s changed a lot since then.  At the old Halsted and Maxwell intersection, there was once Jim’s Original (purported home of the Maxwell Street Polish);  now, there’s a Jamba Juice…and many upscale shops along with bronze statues of the poor folk and bluesmen who used to live in the neighborhood before the condos came.

The Maxwell Street Market is now located on Desplaines, between Roosevelt and Harrison, and it’s one of the best places in the country to sample a spectrum of regional Mexican cuisine. For those whose appreciation for Mexican chow begins and ends with the burrito, I’d strongly recommend cruising the market for Oaxaca-style tamales, birria from Jalisco, and huaraches from Mexico City. For under ten bucks, you can try a lot of region-specific specialties. You can also pick up a pair of tube socks, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Virgin of Guadeloupe  or “used” construction equipment, if that’s what you’re into.

Last year, I prepared what I believe is the only guide to the Maxwell Street Market; it’s free.  The market is open every Sunday morning of the year – it’s a pleasant walk from the Green Line (my route) or you can get close on the Blue Line from Oak Park.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.


            
SubscribeClassified
MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad