The Independent Farmers Markets of Chicago and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is proud of the more than 60 farmers markets across Chicago that proudly serve residents from all neighborhoods. Under the guidance of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), farmers markets in the City of Chicago opened later than planned in 2020. Our hope is to open on schedule in 2021, but that will be subject to pandemic conditions. The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority and we appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience during this continually difficult time.
The Chicago Farmers Market Collective will continue to work together to compile resources for people to support our local vendors through pick up locations, home delivery, Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) options. While many farmers markets closed as per their originally schedule dates, others will be extending dates into the winter months. Please check individual market websites for information.
Farmers Markets that opened in 2020 implemented new operations and procedures which are planned to continue in 2021. Expect markets to include scheduled pick up appointments, required social distancing and use of PPE, hand sanitizing products and/or hand wash sinks, separate shopping hours for vulnerable customers, limited use of currency or debit/credit cards, temperature taking before entry and more.
Please note: markets will not allow the sale of unwrapped prepared foods, sampling, cooking demos or cooking or eating onsite until further notice.