Since 2005, the Logan Square Farmers Market has been an open-air food market and weekly community gathering. The Market has been operated by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce since 2007, an association of nearly 150 local businesses whose mission is to advance the civic and commercial interests of Logan Square. In 2008, the market became the first in the state of Illinois to process EBT for LINK Card Users. In 2009, it extended its operation to include an indoor market during the fall and winter months. In 2016, we were named “Best Farmers Market in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine and received an honorable mention in the New York Time’s 36 Hours in Chicago. In 2017, USA Today honored the Logan Square Farmers Market as the best in Illinois. Today we remain the only weekly, year-round farmers market in the City of Chicago. The Chamber is a tax exempt 501(c)6 not-for-profit community organization.
The Market is a place where farmers and small-scale food producers from the Chicago foodshed sell their goods and build relationships with consumers; where residents come to see their neighbors, be fed and entertained; and participate in the Logan Square community. The Market has three primary goals:
- To Build an Alternative Food System The Market provides an outlet for nutritious, conscientiously grown and produced local foods, and education about these foods, for all members of our community regardless of income level. This is accomplished by a thorough assessment of the vendors and by facilitating SNAP benefit sales and credit or debit card sales. During the Outdoor Seasons, all produce farmers at the LSFM will be able to accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks offered to WIC/Senior Clients from IL Department of Human Services. In July 2017, we will be able to offer Double Dollars to our SNAP users, matching up to $15 made using LINK cards and FMNP checks in vouchers to be spent on fresh produce at the Logan Square Farmers Market.
- To Foster Entrepreneurship The Market functions as an incubator for small-scale, local entrepreneurs, especially those in the food sector. Applications from small scale farmers, producers and other food businesses will be given preference. The Chamber rents space throughout the season to various, Logan Square based, non-food businesses to help them increase their profile.
- To Build Community The Market serves the community by raising the profile of the neighborhood, reinforcing a positive image of Logan Square, and creating a site for civic engagement and entertainment.
The Logan Square Farmers Market is a proud member of the Farmers Market Coalition and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. For more information on Chicago Farmers Markets, see the City of Chicago Farmers Market Directory.
Operated by The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
3147 W. Logan Blvd., Suite 12
Chicago, IL 60647
(office hours:10:00 am – 1:30 pm)