Farmers market gets more family friendly

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce has taken over ownership of the neighborhood’s farmers market–which draws up to 500 people weekly–and is making the weekly event better than ever before. Local produce vendors will still be the staple, but new features have been added to increase the market’s popularity with families.

If you go

Wicker Park Farmers Market

8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday until Oct. 25

Damen Avenue between Schiller Street and Wicker Park Avenue

And the result is no ordinary farmers market.

One stand-out is the children’s hands-on cooking area. Wicker Park’s culinary school for children, The Kids’ Table, provides a free cooking program for children while their parents shop for produce.

There are also theater and exercise programs for kids, including a Collaboration Theatre interactive performance, jump rope clinics, yoga, hula-hooping and art therapy sessions presented by the Rooted Self-Expression Center.

For parents, there are live acoustic musical performances and chef demos by Wicker Park’s most notable restaurants.

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