Jefferson Park
Sunday Market
jefferson park sunday market

HISTORY

-Started in 2011, as the result of some neighbors having an online conversation
-The market resulted out of the collaboration between these neighbors, the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association (who remains a sponsor), and the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce (also a continuing sponsor)
-Spent first 2 years in the Copernicus Center parking lot
-During our 3rd year (2013), moved to Jefferson Memorial Park, with support of the Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council
-By 2015 market footprint had increased to incorporate the whole area surrounding the historic Esdohr House--the house that was part of the property when it was originally donated to the city park system.
------ also was the first year of the Jefferson Park Sunday Market-winter addition: hosted by a local business and doing the 4 date season to holiday prep events Christmas, Superbowl/Valentines day, Easter, Mothers Day
-2016 Jefferson Park Forward, a neighborhood association, became a sponsor and added to the volunteer staff
------ the winter market moved to the Copernicus Center, to utilize the larger space in their annex
-2019 Began partnering with a Care for Friends, a nearby group aiding those who experience food insecurity--vendor fees were waived (offset by sponsorships) and food donations were collected in return.
-2020 JPSM partnered with the Independence Park and Portage Park markets to provide a pre-order, drive-thru pick up market to support our vendors during the pandemic, while maintaining all safety protocols--known together as the Northwest Side Farmers Market Collective
-2021 JPSM moved to what is technically Mayfair to the Irish American Heritage Center, so that we could adapt to pandemic needs as necessary, but otherwise have a relatively normal market
-2022 back at Jefferson Memorial Park for our main season, but also collaborating with our 2020 partners to provide 3 pop up dates at Irish American Heritage Center--where we also have an indoor options to adopt to inclement weather for the beginning and end dates of the season.
------ have also been able to partner with Friendship Presbyterian Church in addressing food insecurity at 5150 Northwest Highway, a nearby affordable housing building, again, thanks to the support of our sponsors.

Over the years we have been a meeting spot for many neighbors, friends, businesses and elected leaders, supporting small businesses as best we can.


About our Market

SUMMER MARKET

Jefferson Memorial Park

2nd and 4th Sundays
June - Oct

remaining dates:

August 14, 28
September 11,25
October 9, 23

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    We are also hosting a pop up series at: Irish American Heritage Center


WINTER MARKET

Copernicus Center

(2 doors east of main building)
5214 W Lawrence Ave
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Remember that market hours are 10 - 2pm in Winter and we're indoors at the Copernicus Center, 5214 W Lawrence Ave.

Full Winter Schedule:2022-2023 schedule TBD

Is typically a 4 date season to holiday prep events: Christmas, Superbowl/Valentines day, Easter, Mothers Day



SPECIAL FEATURES

We traditionally have a plant swap at the first couple of summer markets. This gives gardeners the opportunity to share the proceeds of those necessary plant divisions and helps with rearranging the forthcoming season. Our Market also has arts & craft vendors and performing artists, which may be more unique in comparison to other farmers markets. We continue to look for volunteers to help with market functions. Many of the tasks which need to be done are things that are not readily seen by attendees. Some of the items are: Completing City applications; hanging/displaying signs; attracting additional vendors and performing artists. On the day of the market, we help our vendors with set-up and tear-down. We encourage other charitable or non-for-profit organizations to participate by volunteering at the 'Info table' if they only have handouts; or, getting a free space if they provide set-up and tear-down crews for that day. Otherwise, they can also purchase space as other vendors

And, in addition to having plenty of greenery for our four-footed friends to enjoy, we have at least one or two vendors that cater to their needs.


Sponsors

Jefferson Park Forward*** - Neighbor Patti Vasquez Bonnin 
Jefferson Memorial Park Advisory Council (JMPAC) **
Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce**
Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association *