Maxwell Street Foundation

Maxwell Street Foundation Preserves and interprets the history of Chicago's Maxwell Street. Our organization, along with vendors, shoppers, and residents didn't want the market moved from its historic location for the expansion of the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.
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We submitted two National Register of Historic Places nomination applications for a Maxwell Street historic district, but the nominations were defeated at the national level. Ultimately, an agreement preserved eight buildings and one façade for adaptive re-use and the reinstallation of twelve historic facades onto new buildings in the redevelopment of the area.

We submitted two National Register of Historic Places nomination applications for a Maxwell Street historic district, but the nominations were defeated at the national level. Ultimately, an agreement preserved eight buildings and one façade for adaptive re-use and the reinstallation of twelve historic facades onto new buildings in the redevelopment of the area.

Operating as usual

The Maxwell Street Foundation folks will be at our table this Sunday and there's this too!
07/16/2021

The Maxwell Street Foundation folks will be at our table this Sunday and there's this too!

The Maxwell Street Foundation folks will be at our table this Sunday and there's this too!

06/29/2021

Spend your July 4th at our HOUSE!

Join us for our Independence Day Celebration with HOUSE music by DJ Jes and El Caveman from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.! FREE admission and ALL ages welcome!

Photos from Maxwell Street Community Garden's post
06/14/2021

Photos from Maxwell Street Community Garden's post

Chicago’s great cultural asset, the Maxwell Street Market, is back and open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  It’s ...
06/06/2021

Chicago’s great cultural asset, the Maxwell Street Market, is back and open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. It’s hopping today, a classic Chicago scorcher. Come on out and get a churro, some tamales or tacos, a cool treat, your bike repaired … and just about anything else you want used and new being sold by a myriad of local vendors. And be sure to stop by the @maxwellstreetfoundation table and say hello. (Also, on 6/20 you can get a COVID-19 vaccination at the Market - Pfizer or J & J.) #maxwellstreet #chicago #outdoormarket #summerinthecity #dcase

Maxwell Street Market re-opens Sunday, June 6, 9am-3pm
05/31/2021
Maxwell Street Market

Maxwell Street Market re-opens Sunday, June 6, 9am-3pm

The Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition with an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares and clothing, live music, family fun and some of the best street food in Chicago.

05/06/2021
A Cultural Geography of the Black Metropolis in the 1960s · Mapping the Blues · Digital Chicago
05/02/2021
A Cultural Geography of the Black Metropolis in the 1960s · Mapping the Blues · Digital Chicago

A Cultural Geography of the Black Metropolis in the 1960s · Mapping the Blues · Digital Chicago

Using the photographic archive of Raeburn Flerlage at the Chicago History Museum, Mapping the Blues combines images of blues performances and the built environment to reveal a new dimension of black Chicagoans' cultural geography in the midst of a massive wave of migration and the emerging "urban cr...

Introduction · Lightweight: On Barney Ross, a Jewish Boxer in Chicago · Digital Chicago
05/02/2021
Introduction · Lightweight: On Barney Ross, a Jewish Boxer in Chicago · Digital Chicago

Introduction · Lightweight: On Barney Ross, a Jewish Boxer in Chicago · Digital Chicago

Beryl Rasofsky, aka Barney Ross (1909-1967), led an extraordinary American life. Growing up in Jewish ghetto of Chicago’s Maxwell Street neighborhood, Barney worked briefly for Al Capone before becoming a Golden Gloves champ and then a professional fighter, eventually becoming one of the few tripl...

05/02/2021

You can rent our Bluesmobile,
Either with or without Jake & Elwood, for your event.
For more information contact
[email protected]

Do people know about this proposed ordinance that would block & restrict house museums? I saw a list of existing and dev...
03/21/2021
Sign the Petition

Do people know about this proposed ordinance that would block & restrict house museums? I saw a list of existing and developing projects that'd be adversely affected by this thing - and it seems like such a waste! I actually don't understand what the reasoning is behind this ordinance - would someone who understands zoning better than me be able to explain? https://www.change.org/p/ordinance-would-block-emmett-till-mamie-till-mobley-house-museum

REJECT the Ordinance that would Block the Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley House Museum!

02/01/2021
Virtual Urban History Seminar - Chicago History Museum

Our advisory council member is presenting and it’s free, donations welcome!

The Urban History Seminar series feature a scholarly presentation followed by lively discussion. Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, presents “Revisioning Historic Preservation: Chicago in the Twenty-First Century.” The Zoom session will open at 6:45 p.m. with the program st...

Maxwell Street Blues, August 14, 1994. Teach ‘em young to tip the band. The late great David Lindsey on guitar. Photo: @...
01/13/2021

Maxwell Street Blues, August 14, 1994. Teach ‘em young to tip the band. The late great David Lindsey on guitar. Photo: @spandaugoulet #maxwellstreet #bluesmusic #electricblues #openairmarket #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhitechicago #wideangle

Landmarks Illinois
12/28/2020

Landmarks Illinois

Among the new initiatives and programs Landmarks Illinois launched in 2020 was our new grant program: The Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side.

In September, we awarded the first grant through the fund to the Muddy Waters Mojo Museum, a nonprofit working to preserve blues legend Muddy Waters’ former home in Chicago's North Kenwood neighborhood and convert it into a museum and cultural center. The MOJO Museum will use these funds to carry out important structural repairs at the 131-year-old home that McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, lived in from 1954 to 1973. (Pictured is Mr. Black with Chandra Cooper, President of the MOJO Museum and great-granddaughter to Muddy Waters)

Learn more about this grant fund and its first recipient:
http://ow.ly/gvKY50CRryN

Chicago History Museum
12/14/2020

Chicago History Museum

The feds finally got the Blues brothers. Today The Library of Congress announced its annual selection of 25 influential American motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry, which includes John Landis's 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." Learn more and see the full list: https://loc.gov/item/prn-20-082 // Dan Aykroyd (left) and John Belushi perform as Elwood and Jake Blues, 1979. Photograph by Don Bierman for the Chicago Sun-Times, ST-17500906-e1, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM

Buddy Guy photo front and center! The plans for the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum are coming along through the efforts of ...
12/10/2020
Local authors partner with new Illinois Rock and Roll Museum with their new book

Buddy Guy photo front and center! The plans for the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum are coming along through the efforts of so many contributors! The Maxwell Street Foundation hopes to participate in the near future!

Since the early 1970s, veteran concert photographer Jim Summaria of Algonquin, Ill., has captured some of the most famous classic rock-era acts at music venues in and around Chicago.

Landmarks Illinois
11/23/2020

Landmarks Illinois

The November 2020 edition of The Arch newsletter is now online! Our feature story focuses on our first recipient of the Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side, the Muddy Waters Mojo Museum! Also included: updates on advocacy work throughout Illinois, highlights on additional LI grant recipients and a special article on the future of LI events during an ongoing pandemic. Download and read our quarterly print newsletter in full here: http://www.landmarks.org/resources/newsletter/

(Interested in receiving a physical copy of The Arch at your doorstop every quarter? Become a Landmarks Illinois member!)

Support conservation and exhibition of this sign for historic exhibits!
10/25/2020
Conservation of the "Vienna Beef" Sign - Maxwell Street Foundation

Support conservation and exhibition of this sign for historic exhibits!

The Maxwell Street Foundation hosted a webinar on Zoom led by The Conservation Center on 10/19/2020, where conservators walked us through the conservation process. Maria Ochalek, the Director of Client Services, welcomed the group and spoke about The Conservation Center as the largest private art co...

Saving our Chicago marketplace history in commercial art! Join us for a Zoom meeting featuring the conservation of the V...
10/17/2020

Saving our Chicago marketplace history in commercial art! Join us for a Zoom meeting featuring the conservation of the Vienna Beef sign on Monday, October 19, at noon!

You are invited to a special virtual tour hosted by The Conservation Center featuring their recent conservation of one of the Maxwell Street Foundation's most iconic signs! Referred to as the "Vienna Beef" sign, it measures 3’ x 5’6” on pressboard and was removed from the Maxwell Street Market area by Foundation members following the close of the Market on Maxwell Street in 1994. At the Conservation Center, it has undergone much needed repair to cracks (fractures) and the removal of grime for its preservation.

Link in the comments!

Chicago Blues Revival
10/15/2020

Chicago Blues Revival

Join us for this free blues event in connection with Open House Chicago and the Year of Chicago Music!

Like many, I sure am missing live music, jostling with crowds, and - pandemic or otherwise - blues and soul music in the...
09/26/2020

Like many, I sure am missing live music, jostling with crowds, and - pandemic or otherwise - blues and soul music in the open air at the old #maxwellstreetmarket in #chicago. Here are shots from the last day at its original location, August 28, 1994, just west of #halstedstreet on #maxwellstreet. Pics by @spandaugoulet. #maxwellstreetfoundation #electricblues #bluesmusic #soulmusic #guitar #streetscenes #livemusic #uic #davidlindsey #alharris #kiddynamite

Address

Chicago, IL
60680

General information

The Foundation hopes to find solutions to preserve the Gethsemane Baptist Church building and the Maxwell Street Blues Bus, and to find permanent home(s) for the Maxwell Street Foundation's collection of historic artifacts.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(312) 421-0078

Products

-Co-produced film with filmmaker Shuli Eshel, entitled Maxwell Street: A Living Memory, about the descendants of Jewish immigrants who lived and/or worked on Maxwell Street
-Authored a photographic book in association with the Chicago Historical Society entitled Chicago’s Maxwell Street by Arcadia Publishing
-Produced an original theatrical piece “And This Was Free” by playwright Idris Goodwin, using the legendary Maxwell Street Blues Bus that sold Blues recordings at the original Market as a stage set
-Collected architectural and historic artifacts from Maxwell Street since 1995. A loan from this collection was made to the Museum of Science and Industry for its exhibition, Sweet Home Chicago: Big City Blues 1946–1966 produced by Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum.
-Produced a Maxwell Street Collection limited edition photographic portfolio with the works of well-known photographers
-Sponsor a non-profit booth at the annual Chicago Blues Festival featuring the Maxwell Street Blues Bus in 2008, 2009, and 2010
-Brought the Blues Bus to the New Maxwell Street Market Labor Day 2010
-Funded historic research in 2009 to verify that the earliest, extant building remaining in the old Maxwell Street neighborhood was built as Chicago’s first German School and stands today as the former Gethsemane Baptist Church.

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CHICAGO CATOLICO makes a great gift for Father's Day or college grads interested in Chicago history, Many stories from the Near West Side c1920-65. A "not to miss" book (Sun Times) Order straight from University of Illinois Press: use code S20UIP to get 30% off. https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/95tax2tf9780252042973.html
Joe B, Sambo and Terrel at the Wash's lounge on W.Madison (june 2013).
At one time, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund--www.mtzionmemorialfund,org--was a member of the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition. Thanks for sharing our page and the kind words. We have an ongoing project for an obscure country blues artist who moved to Chicago and then back to Camden, Mississippi to retire on a little plot of land. I have located tons of lost info about his life here, but nada in Chi-town. I'm sure you could help me crack the Chicago Conundrum of Belton Sutherland. Let's talk sometime
street naming Terrence "terry" Callier Way, June 16, 11:00am Seward Park 375 W. Elm
street naming Terrence "terry" Callier Way, June 16, 11:00am Seward Park 375 W. Elm