Relocated Maxwell Street Market Tour

Guided by David Hammond & Bruce Kraig

In front of the Red “Maxwell Street Market” sign
Northwest corner of Des Plaines and Roosevelt Roads
Chicago, IL

Maxwell Street Market moved recently for the third time in its history, which prompted us to arrange a tour to see what’s new.  Bruce Kraig will provide history of the market.  David Hammond will talk about Maxwell Street today.  Together they will comment on the Mexican offerings as we walk about and eat our way through the market.  There’s no fee for this event, but you should bring some money for food; ten dollars will easily cover food costs for one.  “To prepare for this tour, you may want to consult David Hammond’s “Maxwell Street Market Guide” available to read on-line or download at  Also check out Gorilla Gourmet’s Maxwell Street Mexican available on streaming video: Part 1: and Part 2:   We will be walking with few places to sit.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

David Hammond, a writer living in Oak Park, IL, is a founder and moderator of, the Chicago culinary chat site, and a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for TimeOut Chicago and Chicago Reader. A returning guest on WLS and WGN radio and 848 Food Critic on Chicago Public Radio, David was featured on “Good Morning, America,” “Chicago, Tonight,” and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing cicadas.

Bruce Kraig is an accomplished scholar in the history of food within the larger context of the social and cultural history of the United States. He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has won numerous awards including the Silver Apple Award for “Hidden Mexico,” and an Emmy and CHRIS awards for the program “Hidden China,” as well as the Gold Apple and Bronze Medal for the program “Food for the Ancestors.”  Bruce is President of  Culinary Historians of Chicago and founding member of Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance.