Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Chicago's Maxwell Street Market. 1932.
Welcome aboard Eddie's Railfan Page from the city of Chicago Illinois.
I discovered this old photograph on the internet recently. A popular if not somewhat dirty and run down looking place on the near southside of Chicago, was the famous "Maxwell Street Flea Market", wich had operated on South Halsted Street on Sundays for many years. The Maxwell Street Flea Market, was located in an area surrounded by Chicago's Pillsen neighborhood on the north, and the Bridgeport neighborhood on the south.
Although I had never visited the Maxwell Street Market in person, many friends and acqaintences of My family did, and had a story or two to tell about it.
The Maxwell Street Flea Market, was featured in the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" wich had starred John Belushi and Dan Akroyd.
Things were changing economically and commercially in Chicago during the late 1980's and early 1990's, and the area on South Halsted Street that hosted the Maxwell Street Flea Market, was demolished and redeveloped with new buildings for student housing at the nearby University of Illinois Chicago Campus. Sone using salvaged fronts from the old buildings.
The market was evicted from the old location.
A smaller scaled down Maxwell Street Flea Market exists today, on Maxwell Street east of Halsted, in the north section of Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.