Springtime in the city calls for being outdoors as much as possible. Ditch your usual fluorescent-lit supermarket routine and support local businesses by buying brightly-colored produce and tasty street food at one of the city’s farmers markets.
Stop by in the afternoon after a strenuous day at work for a new-age kale burger from Amazing Kale Burgers, or a crisp cold Sun Goddess juice from City Press Juice & Bottle made with hemp seeds, spirulina, chia seeds, almond milk, and bananas. Wednesdays through August 30, 3-8 p.m. 5153 N. Clark Street & W. Berwyn Ave., 773-728-2995
Tour the market’s urban agriculture initiative, The Edible Gardens, and learn how to pick out the most nutrient-filled fresh produce. Then buy some fresh-cut blossoms of your own at the Garden Offerings & Petals Farm stand—the best way to bring sunshine inside for spring. Saturdays through October, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.1817 N. Clark, 773-880-1266
With around 60 vendors, ranging from blueberry sellers to pickle stands, you can find just about anything you might be looking for. Grab melt-in-your-mouth chicken tacos from the stand of neighborhood-owned restaurant Cherubs Cafe, or stop by for a cup of tea at the Chiya Chai Café stand, which also features Nepalese bites. Sundays through October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Logan Blvd. between Milwaukee Ave. and Whipple, 773-489-3222
The market continues the 100-year tradition of selling and bargaining on Maxwell Street. Try the Al Pastor tacos, crafted with tortillas made on-the-spot, from family-owned eatery Rubi’s. For something sweet, you can find mangonadas, served in a large cup filled with mango slices and mango sorbet, topped off with lime, chamoy sauce, and chili powder. Sundays, year-round, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.800 S. Desplaines St., 312-745-4676
Shop along to live music at this market located in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. Munch on O’Cinnamon Rolls crepes doused in cinnamon frosting and caramel sauce from Gotta B Crepes or chocolate-covered Oreos from Sweet Freaks Chocolate. Looking for something healthier? Pick up some fresh berries from the C&D Family Farms stand. Sundays through October 29, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 1835 W. 95th St.