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I was wondering if there are any nice cool farmers markets in Chicago that are nice to visit or something similar to chealsy market in NY?
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  1. What time of year? Chicago has a huge number of farmers markets that run from spring to fall. The rest of the year, Green City Market has an indoor market on most Saturdays (see their website www.greencitymarket.org/calendar for dates). And the French Market in the train station downtown runs year round too, six days a week. It's not really a farmers market, it's more of an "everything" market, with vendors selling not just produce, but also meats, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods, etc. Check out their websites to get a better idea of what they offer.

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    Green City Market
    1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

    French Market
    131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      After looking at the website for Chelsea Market - that's the one in New York you're referring to, right? (I don't know why people think everyone in other cities knows every place in New York) - it doesn't sound like a farmers market at all. It sounds more like the French Market in Chicago, with a variety of food-related businesses, none of which are farms.

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Chelsea Market is like San Francisco's Ferry Market, permanent storefronts in an enclosed building. It's more cohesive than the French Market here but same general idea.

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        French Market
        131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

        1. re: ferret

          But not primarily farmers, right? It's not a big permanent enclosed produce market like, say, Cleveland's West Side Market is...?

          1. re: nsxtasy

            I don't think the OP was implying that Chelsea Market is a farmers market at all, as they asked for a farmer's market OR something like Chelsea Market (which is very similar to Reading Terminal in Philadelphia or Pike Place in Seattle)

            As someone who loves visiting Chelsea Market, I will say that the only thing in Chicago that is remotely similar is the French Market (mentioned above). However, the first time I went, I was extremely underwhelmed. There is a pretty cool little Belgian fries and beer stand, and an outpost of Pastoral which is great for sandwiches, cheese and wine. Other than that, I wasn't impressed and don't really think it's worth going out of your way for, but maybe stop by if you're in the area and need a break from the cold.

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            French Market
            131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

      2. re: nsxtasy

        For those who are specifically interested in indoor farmers markets, for the first time, the Andersonville farmers market will be held indoors during the winter on the third Sunday of each month. For details: www.andersonville.org/events/anderson...

        And there will be an indoor farmers market in Evanston this Saturday ONLY. Details: www.ilcevanston.org/index.php?page=news

        1. re: nsxtasy

          There will be an indoor farmers market in Evanston on Saturdays all winter long. The Tribune has the story:

          Indoor farmers’ market coming to Evanston - http://triblocal.com/evanston/2011/11...

      3. i refer to chealsea market cuze is the one that i know..... sorry about it
        and it is correct is not a farmers market per se , but still a nice place to visit and walk around,

        1. I don't think Chicago has anything remotely like the Chelsea Market in New York. The French Market is no destination I'd bring out of towners. Our farmers markets, other than the Green City Market (I've not seen what they have in the Winter) are all shut down.

          I would think more of ethnic market places. The best is proably Mitsuwa and Super H Mart, which are two massive Asian supermarkets. They are, however, both in the suburbs. In the city, I'd stroll the Indo-Pak stores on Devon Avenue, or trolll the polish places on Milwaukee Ave.

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          Super H Mart
          801 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL

          Green City Market
          1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

          French Market
          131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

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          1. re: jjo

            In a similar vein, I'd recommend Fresh Farms on Touhy as well.

            I agree with French Market not being worth a visit unless you are in the area.

            1. re: jjo

              Kinda depends on where the poster is coming from. There are Mitsuwas and H-Marts in several states.

            2. What I like about the French Market is that the stalls include some of the very best places in the city - Pastoral for cheese, Vanille Patisserie for pastries and baked goods, Canady le Chocolatier for artisanal chocolates, and Saigon Sisters for Vietnamese food. They offer true quality; it's not just whoever ponied up the fee to rent a booth. What I also like is that it's so convenient to transportation, whether you're taking Metra commuter trains or taking advantage of their validated free parking. I don't know that I'd travel a long distance solely to go there, but when I'm there, I enjoy what they have to offer. And it IS the closest thing we have to what the OP was asking for.

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              French Market
              131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

              Vanille Patisserie
              2229 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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              1. re: nsxtasy

                I don't disagree. I take the Union Pacific line every day, so I've bought lots at the French Market and there is very good food there. (Get the Montreal Pastrami at Fumare). However, my wife and I spent a great hour or so in the Chelsea Market; it's a destination place for foodies just to look. The French Market, in my opinion, is not.

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                French Market
                131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

              2. Not quite Pike Market but still fun and very new is Mariano's just off East Randolph (google it to see map, look for Benton Place location). This is right downtown just steps from the Loop. It has a tuxedo-clad pianist, a man making sushi, a number of chef stations and food bars (and tables where you can eat what you just bought), fancy produce and seafood and meat, a nice bakery, and downstairs more ordinary supermarket offerings and a HUGE liquor department. This would be a fun place to pick up lunch.