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We’ve gone a pick’n and came back with a healthy list of our favorite Farmers Markets right here in the Chicagoland area.There’s no better place for local, sustainable food than farmers markets, which carry the freshest fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, hitting your local farmer’s market is a great excuse to get outside.


Green City Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

South end of Lincoln Park, at the intersection of Clark & Lincoln.

In 2011, the AARP named Green City Market one of the 12 must-see farmers’ markets in the United States, and the event has been growing ever since. With a line-up of 60+ vendors, it’s no wonder it’s known for it’s large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and baked goods.


Evanston’s Farmers Market

Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave.(behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave).

Celebrating it’s 39th year this year, it’s definitely worth venturing up to north for this market of more than 50 vendors. It still offers a big selection without the big crowds in the heart of the city. Known best for their large amounts of berries, corn, tomatoes, and flowers…lots and lots of flowers! BONUS: this market offers hands-on experience with this summer’s free canning workshop that features take-home samples and raffled items (canning workshops will be July 12, July 19, August 30 and Sept 6. Workshops at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.). Market visitors will learn about the benefits of canning for healthy, sustainable living.


Wicker Park Farmers’ Market (a.k.a WPFM)

Sundays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wicker Park Ave. & Damen Ave. 

This market may be small in size, but they are big on education. From fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and flowers, this market focuses on teaching kids and adults about the food we eat from the farm to the table, straight from the farmer’s mouth.



Oak Park Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pilgrim Church Parking Lot – 460 N Lake St.

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market offers high quality, locally grown produce in the friendly, historic Village of Oak Park. Between the sounds of live bluegrass music, the smell of fresh, homemade donuts and an incredible variety of nature’s freshest fruits and vegetables, this is a great way to escape from the city.


Farmer’s Markets are a great way to support local farmers and enjoy the freshest tastes that nature has to offer. Be sure to check out the City of Chicago’s Seasonality Chart to see when your favorite fruits and veggies are best to eat!

Have a favorite Farmer’s Market in the Chicagoland area? Be sure to share with us it in the comments section below!

Submitted by Michelle @dziubs



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Take the Chicago rites of passage quiz!


I got 26/49! Does that merit ice cream?

Go find out what your score is.

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Wow! This is going to be great! Check out the Redeye Details: Chicago Lakefront Walkway Flyover Construction Planned

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Emanual choose Goose Island as the site for the new Digital Manufacturing Institute; but what the heck is it?

I know Chicago is funding $10 Million, the State of Illinois is funding $16 Million, private companies are funding $250 Million, and the Department of Defense is funding $70 Million.

That totals $346 Million for the project. If you have a hard time grasping that amount of money, 346 Million is about the number of seconds between now, as you read this, and February 2025.

So what is it? It is a place to design and produce…things. Lets look at the companies involved to get an idea of what things:

General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Lockheed Martin and Dow Chemical Co., according to World Business Chicago.

So it looks like we are going to be making lots of airplane engines… In total, the White House said 41 companies and 23 labs or universities were involved in the bid for the federal funding.

Now that this is announced, the lunch places in the area should be booming.

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Chicago-area home prices keep climbing


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Chicago-area single-family home prices were 8.7 percent higher in August compared with the same month last year, the 10th straight year-over-year increase in a closely watched index.

Chicago-area prices rose 1.6 percent in August compared with July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller indices released today.

The 20-city index rose even more than Chicago year-over-year, up 12.8 percent compared with August 2012, according to the indices.

“Both composites (10- and 20-city) showed their highest annual increases since February 2006,” David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in a statement. “All 20 cities reported positive year-over-year returns.”

His statement noted that while all 20 cities rose in August compared with July, “most cities showed deceleration compared to July.” For example, Chicago-area prices rose 3.2 percent from June to July.

In the 20-city index, prices rose 1.3 percent from July to August.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, prices rose 0.1 percent from to July to August in the Chicago area and 0.9 percent in the 20-city index.

Local prices are down about 24 percent from their peak in September 2006, according to S&P/Case-Shiller data.

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Chicago Fall

Fall is a depressing season because it is the loss of summer vollyball and beach tanning, but there are a few advantages to Chicago in the fall that you may not have thought about.

  • Tailgates, watching your favorite teams at bars, and Monday nights aren’t boring any longer.
  • Men and women both get a little more fashionable in Fall and Spring. You don’t have to wear a winter coat yet but you need more than well what this guy is wearing…. See that just wouldn’t happen in Fall.

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