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 – November TBD, 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.
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?
- Use our guide to connect with local farms to buy meat, produce and eggs directly from the sources.
- Ready to test out your green thumb? Check out Annie’s How to Grow Your Own Food tips.
- You can also learn about having chickens in the Chicago suburbs.
For more safe ways to get some much-needed fresh air, check out all our articles on outdoor fun!