25 Outdoor Farmers Markets: What’s Changed and 2023 Opening Dates

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Local farmers markets are popping up everywhere this spring and summer, and we know we’re not the only ones excited about it. Locally grown fresh produce, artisan foods, and food trucks make these a fun outing for families.

My kids love picking out their own produce, and truthfully, are much more likely to eat it, when they’ve been a part of the decision making. This is one of our favorite family resources we offer every spring!

In our list of this year, we’ve added additional details about kid-friendly outings, including local nearby landmarks to extend your visit. Be sure to check out schedule and location changes happening this year, too.

This information is up-to-date as of April 7, 2023, and is subject to change. In cases on inclement weather, many markets will close.

Aurora Farmers Market Downtown

65 Water Street (directly across from City Hall and the Water Street Mall)
Saturdays, June 10 – October 14, 2023 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

You will find locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and pastries, and a selection of local food trucks and vendors.

Batavia Farmers’ Market

North River Street between Wilson and State Street
Saturdays, May 20 – October 28, 2023 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Over 30 different vendors and the 3rd Saturday of each month will feature the Artisan Collective where you can shop for handmade items. Special events: Musicians and a kids tent provide entertainment every Saturday.

Bloomingdale Maker’s Market

Parking lot located on the corner of Schick and Bloomingdale Road
The last Sunday of every month May – November, and December 10, 2023 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Featuring 60+ local vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment.

Thursday Night Street Markets at The Promenade in Bolingbrook

The Promenade at Boughton Road and Janes Avenue
Thursdays, June 29, July 27 and August 31, 2023 |  4:00pm – 9:00 pm

Fresh food vendors and outdoor concerts are planned to take place on market days; check the Facebook event for updates.

Brookfield Farmers Market

Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Avenue
Saturdays, June 3 – October 14, 2023 | 8:00am – 1:00pm

You will find locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, local honey, bakery goods, and unique artisan pieces. Each week there will be family entertainment as well. Situated next to Kiwanis Park.

Clarendon Hills Farmers Market

Village Hall Lawn, 1 N. Prospect Avenue
Thursdays, May 18 – October 19, 2023 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Featuring gourmet goods, local vendors, fresh produce and baked goods. Clarendon Hills Public Library will host storytime on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Downtown Downers Grove Market

Main Street Train Station South Parking Lot off Burlington Avenue
Saturdays, May 13 – October 14, 2023 | 7:00am – 12:30pm

Popular local farmers’ market near downtown in the train station parking lot.

Downtown Elgin Farmers Market

Spring Street between Chicago and Fulton Streets
Fridays, June 3 – October 14, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Live music and food vendors. Check their Facebook page for entertainment updates.

Elmhurst Farmers Market

York & Vallette Business District (One block south of York street on Vallette)
Wednesdays, June 7 – October 25, 2023 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Enjoy boutique-style shopping and market stands every Wednesday morning. Located in south Elmhurst near Wild Meadows Trace Park.

Geneva French Market

Metra Parking Lot at South Street and 4th Street
Sundays, April 9 – October 29, 2023 | 9:00am – 2:00pm and November 5 & 12, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

One of the first to open every year, this local artisan market was featured on WGN.

Glen Ellyn French Market

Metra Parking lot north of 449 Main Street
Sundays, May 7 – October 22, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

French market with food, crafts, and more. Located in the heart of downtown Glen Ellyn, about 0.5 miles from beautiful Lake Ellyn Park.

Hinsdale Farmers Market

Burlington Park, 30 East Chicago Avenue
Mondays, June 5 – October 9, 2023 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Weekly fitness classes, children’s activities, and more.

Honey Bee Gardens Farm Market

8405 Kearney Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516
Fridays and Saturdays, June 3 – October 15, 2023 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fresh vegetables, cut flowers, farm-fresh eggs, local honey, garden plants, and local artists and small businesses with garden products.

La Grange Farmers Market

In front of La Grange Village Hall at 53 S. La Grange Road
Thursdays, May 11 – October 26, 2023 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

This market has options from local farms and flowers. Kids also like to visit the fountain down the street. While not yet announced as of April 7, 2023, we hope to see storytime from La Grange Public Library back at this weekday farmers market.

Lisle French Market

IL-53 & Garfield Avenue
Saturdays, May 6 – October 14, 2023 | 8:00am – 1:00pm

A smaller French market right by PrairieWalk Pond and the Dragonfly Landing playground, which has a splash pad in summer.

Lombard Farmers Market

20 E. St. Charles Road
Tuesdays, May 23 – October 17, 2023 | 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Fresh items with live music and entertainment can be found at the weekly market in Downtown Lombard.

Naperville Farmer’s Market

Fifth Avenue Station Parking Lot at 200 E. 5th Avenue
Saturdays, June 3 – October 28, 2023 | 7:00am – 12:00pm

Offering food trucks and over 40 vendors on site. Located at the Naperville Metra Station, just a short walk from DuPage Children’s Museum.

Oak Park Farmers Market

Pilgrim Church Parking lot at 460 Lake Street (one block west of Ridgeland Avenue)
Saturdays, May 20 – October 28, 2023 | 7:00am – 1:00pm

Located across the street from Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, the farmers market is home to freshly made donuts and locally grown produce.

Oswego Country Market

15 N. Main Street
Sundays, June 4 – September 24, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Shop local with plenty of choices to buy fresh sweets, plants, produce, meats, artisan cheeses, and specialty foods. A full vendor list can be found on their website. Located near Hudson Crossing Park, perfect for creek stomping.

Riverside Farmers Market

Centennial Plaza (Near the Historic Water Tower), 10 Pine Avenue
Wednesdays, June 7 – October 4, 2023 | 2:30pm – 7:00pm

In the heart of downtown Riverside, you’ll find cookies, smoothies, and countless other delicious treats.

Schaumburg Farmers Market

Trickster Art Gallery, 190 S. Roselle Road
Fridays, June 2 – October 27, 2023 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Vendor information has not been announced as of April 7, 2023. Check their website for the most up-to-date details.

St. Charles Outdoor Farmers Market

Fourth Avenue and Main Street outside Baker Memorial Church
Fridays, June 2 – October 28, 2023 | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Check updates on their Facebook page. Details have not yet been released for the 2023 year.

The Farm

34 E 63rd Street, Westmont, IL 60559
Monday through Saturday, Spring through Fall | Mon-Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 9am-5pm
31st St & Kensington Avenue, Westchester, IL 6015
Monday through Saturday, Summer through Fall | Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm

Also at the Oak Park Farmers Market, The Farm grows their vegetables, cut flowers, and melons in Kendall County.

Western Springs French Market

In front of the Water Tower from Lawn Avenue to Grand Avenue
Friday, May 5 – September 29, 2023 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Major schedule update: Western Springs French Market has moved from Sunday mornings to Friday evenings. This local farmers market is filled with a variety of stands and is hoping to grow in size this year.

Wheaton French Market

Willow Avenue and Main Street
Saturdays, April 8 – October 28, 2023 | 8:00am – 2:00pm
Saturdays, November 4 – 25, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

New location alert: the Wheaton French Market is now located under the new pavilion at Willow and Main. One of the largest markets in the area with farm-fresh produce, artisan shops, local businesses, and more.

Winfield Farmers Market

County Farm Road and Geneva Road
Wednesdays, May 31 – November 1, 2023 | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Winfield market offers a variety of options.

Chicago Green City Market

The Green City Market in Chicago is also worth checking out while you are in the city. GCM Lincoln Park opened April 1, 2023 and GCM West Loop are opens May 6, 2023.

Free Printable Farmers Market Schedule

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Looking for more options for fresh, local food?

For more safe ways to get some much-needed fresh air, check out all our articles on outdoor fun!

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