Bring the Kids to Chicagoland’s Best Farmers Markets

Ditch the grocery store and shop the freshest produce, meats, dairy and other goodies at these local farmers markets.

When summer rolls around, visiting one of the many outdoor farmers markets in Chicagoland is at the top of our bucket list. It’s a nice break from the normal shopping routine and you get easy access to the freshest fruits, vegetables and other organic goodies from nearby farms.

Farmers markets are also great for kids! Maybe your picky eater needs a new way to enjoy healthy food or the whole family can learn about when certain fresh produce is in season. Plus, many Chicagoland farmers markets offer great on-site activities for kids!

Here are some of our favorite outdoor farmers markets in Chicago and the suburbs.

Looking for more kid-friendly activities? Check out our summer fun family guide! 

This article was updated on May 7, 2024, by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. Her work included her research in finding the latest information for farmers markets in Chicagoland, aligning with Chicago Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@chicagoparent.com.

Farmers Markets in Chicago

61st Street Farmers Market

May 11-Oct. 26, 2024

Known as the South Side’s “premier farmers market,” this powerhouse works to bring the freshest and best in meats, eggs, cheeses, produce and prepared goodies from local and regional vendors. Families can spend time at the Market School tent for educational activities about gardening, agriculture, cooking and more.

95th Street Farmers Market

May 5-Oct. 27, 2024

Beverly’s neighborhood farmers market offers great vendor options ranging from fresh produce and sweets to hot meals on the spot. But what’s even more amazing about this market is its family-focused activities.

Green City Market Lincoln Park

April 6-Oct. 5, 2024

On Saturdays from April to October, families can discover the best of the Midwest at Green City Market’s Lincoln Park farmers’ market.

Logan Square Farmers Market

Opens May 12, 2024

When the outdoor season of this year-round market hits, you’ll find families heading to Logan Square to get all the produce. The atmosphere makes you want to spend your day here as it brings in live entertainment, food vendors and cooking demonstrations. Check out the list of vendors.

Farmers Markets in the North/Northwest Suburbs

Buffalo Grove Farmers Market

June 16-Oct. 13, 2024

This farmers market features locally grown vegetables, fruits, gourmet coffee, condiments, pastries and more.

Deerfield Farmers Market

June 8-Oct. 5, 2024

  • Address: Park Avenue, between Jewett Park Drive and Hazel Avenue, Deerfield
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays

This farmers market serves fresh produce, but you can find plenty of delicious treats to eat on site like crepes, waffles, tamales and more.

Downtown Evanston Farmers Market

Opens May 4, 2024

Evanston is already a great place for families to visit! But if it’s outdoor farmers market season, then you have to stop by the downtown market to find dozens of vendors. It also hosts a Spud Club (located in the middle of the square) with free farmers market-themed activities for kids ages 2-10.

Park Ridge Farmers Market

May 27-Oct. 26, 2024

Browse the selection of great fruits, vegetables and other food products on Saturdays every week. There will also be vendors, events and programs.

Farmers Markets in the South Suburbs

Frankfort Country Market

April 21-Oct. 27, 2024

There are more than 50 vendors offering produce, dairy, meats, baked goods, honey, salsa and freshly prepared foods. There will also be live entertainment each week from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Breidert Green stage.

Homewood Farmers Market

May 25-Oct. 12, 2024

Homewood is a charming suburban town, so why not also visit during outdoor farmers market season? The market typically offers baked goods, kids’ activities, live music and more family fun.

Tinley Park Farmers Market

June 1-Oct. 12, 2024

This Saturday market at Zabrocki Plaza usually offers a wide array of seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, flowers and plants.

Farmers Markets in the Western Suburbs

Aurora Farmers Market

June 1-Oct. 5, 2024

If you want to spend a Saturday in downtown Aurora, make some time for the farmers market. You’ll have to get Aurora’s famous Dick’s Mini Donuts as a treat, along with delicious coffee and one-of-a-kind items.

Batavia Farmers Market

May 18-Oct. 26, 2024

  • Address: North River Street between Wilson and Spring streets, Batavia
  • Hours:8 a.m.-noon Saturdays

This farmers market offers more than your typical vendors. On the third Saturday of each month, it hosts the Artisan Collective with artists and crafters selling handmade items. You’ll also find lots of family fun with live musicians and kids’ activities at The Kiwanis Club of Batavia tent.

Downtown Downers Grove Market

Mid May-late October 2024

More than 60 vendors come together to sell locally grown produce, coffee beverages, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, curated floral arrangements and more.

Oak Park Farmers Market

May 18-Oct. 26, 2024

This lively market connects the Oak Park community with local farmers. In addition to fresh produce, you can find dairy and meat products as well as handcrafted items. May 18 and May 25 are Go Green Days, Aug. 10 is Corn Roast, Sept. 7 is Pie Bake-Off and Oct. 26 is Stone Soup.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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