America's Best Farmers' Markets
Green City Market, Chicago
The Spread: Between May and October, the south end
of Lincoln Park comes alive with sustainably minded farmers and producers every
Wednesday and Saturday (the market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum during the winter). The 55 stalls—stocked year-round with everything
from organic micro-greens to artisanal cheeses like butterkase—draw many of Chicago’s best chefs. No less than Alice Waters—the high priestess of America’s local culinary movement—has called Green City “the best sustainable market in the
hormone-free elk meat (sold as steaks, roasts, burger patties, and
bratwurst-style sausages) from Hawks Hill Elk Ranch in Monticello, WI.