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.

Mission: Our mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Chicago's Maxwell Street for future generations.

Operating as usual

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

09/09/2020
A Kid for Two Farthings-1955-Celia Johnson, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Brenda de Banzie

Hi Friends, This is a beautiful film in youtube you can see for free in its entirety. There are great stars in this film, but the top star is London's Maxwell Street look-alike street market, called Petticoat Lane. I recommend casting it on your TV and using captioning. But it will look good on a lap top or desktop computer. Enjoy. - SB

A Kid For Two Farthings is a 1955 film, directed by Carol Reed. The screenplay was adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from his own novel of the same name. The film pr...

The Art Institute of Chicago
09/07/2020

The Art Institute of Chicago

In "Strange Worlds," the Ukrainian-born Jewish artist Todros Geller reflected on the complex blending of old world traditions and modern culture that characterized Chicago—what he termed the collision of many “strange worlds.”

The painting depicts an older, bearded man with a craggy face and piercing gaze standing under the diagonal steel stairway of a Chicago “L” station. Over his shoulder are newspapers in a variety of languages, suggesting that he may be a newspaper vendor. This multilingual display also alludes to the city’s status as an important point of entry, particularly for Eastern Europeans like Geller. The old man in his somber clothing thus likely represents a Jewish immigrant.

In the background, pedestrians and vehicles stream past, rendered by Geller in a swirling, modernist array of circles. The vendor stands immobile, isolated from the fast-paced city that swirls around him, suggesting his resistance to modernity and change. This subject was of great significance to Geller, who also illustrated a sociological study focused on the challenges of assimilation faced by Chicago’s Jewish community.

See Todros Geller's "Strange Worlds" on view in Gallery 263.

Image: Todros Geller. Strange Worlds, 1928. Gift of Leon Garland Foundation.

A force for good on Chicago's Near West Side and in the world
09/06/2020

A force for good on Chicago's Near West Side and in the world

Jane Addams -- the pioneering social reformer and women's rights activist who became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize -- was born on this day in 1860. The co-founder of the famous Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago, Addams was instrumental in bringing the needs of mothers and children to greater public awareness and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.

Born in Illinois in 1860, Addams was a voracious reader as a child and was inspired by Charles Dickens' writing on the lives of the poor to spend her life helping those in need. As an adult, she learned about the settlement house movement -- a social reform movement that began in the late 19th century to provide education and healthcare resources to the urban poor. After visiting the world's first settlement house, Toynbee Hall in London, Addams was inspired to open Hull House in 1889. Hull House offered an adult night school; clubs for older children; a gym and bath house; music, theater, and art lessons; and an employment center, among many other services; at its height, 2,000 people a week walked through its doors.

Addams encouraged women to become “civic housekeepers," working for the betterment of their communities. At one point, in 1894, she served as the first woman appointed as sanitary inspector and, with the help of the Hull House Women's Club, made over 1,000 reports of health department violations. She was also a vocal advocate of women's suffrage as she recognized that human welfare concerns would not be given adequate attention by the government without the voices and votes of women.

A staunch supporter of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party, Adams was elected president of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1915. In this capacity, she headed a commission which organized the first significant international effort to mediate between the warring nations. As a pacifist, she faced severe criticism once the US entered the war, and was even branded as unpatriotic. Following the war, however, President Calvin Coolidge and the public at large supported Addams and the WILPF efforts in the 1920s to ban poison gas -- which was achieved in 1925 with the signing of the Geneva Protocol.

Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 -- the second woman in history to receive the honor -- for her pioneering social reform work and her leadership of WILPF's peacebuilding efforts. Remembered as an individual who had transformed the lives of so many, especially women, Addams once said that the “[o]ld-fashioned ways which no longer apply to changed conditions are a snare in which the feet of women have always become readily entangled.” Thanks to her tireless efforts for suffrage and women’s rights, there are fewer snares in all of our paths.

There are two wonderful picture books about Jane Addams' inspiring story -- "Dangerous Jane" for ages 6 to 10 (https://www.amightygirl.com/dangerous-jane) and "The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-house-that-jane-built)

Addams is also one of the thirteen groundbreaking American profiled in President Barack Obama’s book “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters,” for ages 5 to 10 at https://www.amightygirl.com/of-thee-i-sing

For teens, she is one of the courageous changemakers profiled in the book "She Takes A Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed The World" for ages 12 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/she-takes-a-stand

Adult readers may enjoy Jane Addams' classic book about the history of the remarkable institution she founded: "20 Years at Hull-House" (http://amzn.to/1wcTHrG) and the biographies "Jane Addams: Spirit in Action" (http://amzn.to/21LWl7K) and "Jane Addams And The Dream Of American Democracy" (https://amzn.to/356uHgh)

And, to inspire children and teens with more stories of real-life girls and women who fought for change and stood up for justice, check out our blog post, "50 Books About Women Who Fought for Change," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=14364

Doing excellent work in marking and maintaining Blues musicians’ graves in the South
09/03/2020
T. DeWayne Moore – Public Historian

Doing excellent work in marking and maintaining Blues musicians’ graves in the South

Home   Hi, my name is T. DeWayne Moore. I am a Lecturer of US and Public History in the Division of Social Work, Behavioral and Political Sciences at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. The History Program provides effective instruction and advisement for undergraduate students, offer high impact...

We are sad to hear that the Maxwell Street Market will be closed for the rest of 2020 according to the city. Consider sh...
08/23/2020
Stories - Maxwell Street Foundation

We are sad to hear that the Maxwell Street Market will be closed for the rest of 2020 according to the city. Consider sharing your Maxwell Street Stories here for posterity, either from the old or new Market!

1968no comments Mama’s Maxwell Street Bobette Zacharias An excerpt from Mama's Maxwell Street and Other Stories by Bobette Zacharias Central to my mother’s endless quest for adventure, nothing more stimulated her adrenal glands than the great American hunt for bargains. If there was not a bargai...

A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive — The Conservation Center
08/17/2020
A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive — The Conservation Center

A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive — The Conservation Center

We were honored when the Maxwell Street Foundation brought in a treasure from a bygone era: a hand-painted pressboard sign attributed to Gus Korn, an artist who hand-painted the iconic Vienna Beef signs from the 1950s to mid-1980s in a shed behind the factory.

Hot dog history! Find out more about how we are conserving one of the signs in our collection.
08/16/2020
A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive — The Conservation Center

Hot dog history! Find out more about how we are conserving one of the signs in our collection.

We were honored when the Maxwell Street Foundation brought in a treasure from a bygone era: a hand-painted pressboard sign attributed to Gus Korn, an artist who hand-painted the iconic Vienna Beef signs from the 1950s to mid-1980s in a shed behind the factory.

Co-founder of Chicago Maternity Center in old Maxwell Street Market neighborhood
07/29/2020
Where Women Made History

Co-founder of Chicago Maternity Center in old Maxwell Street Market neighborhood

Dr. Beatrice Tucker ("Tux") (1897–1984) graduated Rush Medical College in 1922 and was the first woman resident at the University of Chicago Lying-In Hospital. In 1932 Tux became the Director of the Chicago Maternity Center (CMC), a role she held for 40 years. At 1336 S. Newberry St., the CMC tire...

Muddy Waters former residence in Westmont, Illinois, 1974-83. There is also a small museum dedicated to him in the Westm...
07/16/2020

Muddy Waters former residence in Westmont, Illinois, 1974-83. There is also a small museum dedicated to him in the Westmont city hall and there is a Muddy Waters Park in Westmont. Each summer there is also a Blues Fest.

Blues Brothers Central
07/10/2020

Blues Brothers Central

06/12/2020

To ensure that Chicago continues to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus, today, the City of Chicago announced that all special events are cancelled through Labor Day; this includes Maxwell Street Market.

Though this may come as disappointing news, please know that the City of Chicago made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution related to large public gatherings as the health and safety of our vendors, attendees and staff remains a high priority.

When Maxwell Street Market reopens, market dates and operating procedures may vary, but you should expect to see a reduction in the number of attendees allowed into the market at a time, possible wait times for Market entry, required social distancing, required use of face coverings and more hand sanitizing stands and/or hand washing stations.

More details will be communicated closer to the future reopening date.

If you need to reach the city during this time, please feel free to email at [email protected] or leave a voicemail message at 312.745.4676 (responses may be delayed).

Sid's Clothing & Hat Store
06/07/2020

Sid's Clothing & Hat Store

Hey Everyone! We're back!! Come on by! We miss you! Open Thursday - Sunday 9:30am - 5:00pm! **Masks required to enter the store
#shoplocal #supportsmallbusiness

Sid's Clothing & Hat Store
06/06/2020

Sid's Clothing & Hat Store

Shop these American made items!

05/17/2020

From the Market Managers:

Hello Maxwell Street Market Vendors!

We understand the enormous economic impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the community.
If you are taking online orders and would like for us feature your information on our City webpages, please email the following by Thursday, May 21, 2020 :

Name of Business:
What you sell:
Website:
Social Media handles (if any):
Contact email or phone number (where customers can reach your business):

Thanks!


¡Hola vendedores de Maxwell Street Market!

Entendemos el enorme impacto económico que el brote de COVID-19 está teniendo en la comunidad.
Si está tomando pedidos en línea y desea que incluyamos su información en las páginas web de nuestra Ciudad, envíe un correo electrónico a los siguientes a más tardar el jueves 21 de mayo de 2020:

Nombre del Negocio:
Qué vendes:
Sitio web:
Manijas de redes sociales (si las hay):
Correo electrónico o número de teléfono de contacto (donde los clientes pueden contactar a su empresa):

¡Gracias!


Maxwell Street Market
800 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607
office: 312.745.4676
fax: 312.745.7045
maxwellstreetmarket.us
[email protected]

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05/17/2020
StoryCorps

StoryCorps

Happy birthday to the late oral historian Studs Terkel! He has been a part of StoryCorps from day one, when he cut the ribbon for our first recording booth at Grand Central Terminal. Listen to his stories about the importance of the human voice today. storycor.ps/2SZ0KHQ

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

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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