Map of Chicago Farmers Markets

Summer’s almost here and I’m looking forward to abandoning cardboard fruits and vegetables and emptying my wallet on some produce fresh from the farm!

I saw a listing of Farmers Markets in the Chicago Tribune a few days ago and was frustrated that I couldn’t easily figure out which markets were close enough to visit and which were too far away. Since we’ve been doing a lot of GIS work lately, this was the perfect excuse to finally play with the Google Maps API (and a terribly inefficient way for me to figure out where the nearest farmers markets were).

It seems like a shame not to share it: Here’s the Map of Chicago Farmers Markets (2006).

Map of Chicago Farmers Markets

(Disclaimer: Please keep in mind this was an exercise. Data is not guaranteed to be accurate, and the code…well, it’s a hack job. I’ve already spent too much time on this little productivity eddy.)

Still…it might be cool to have pictures of all of these markets. I’m gonna try to hit as many as I can this summer (family schedules permitting), but if anyone visits and takes pictures, send them to me and I’ll figure out how to post them.

posted May 05, 2006 by ben

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Am I the only person who was incredibly disappointed in what was called a "Farmer's Market" in the parking lot of Eli's Cheesecake Factory at Forest Preserve drive & Montrose? There was 1 lone seller, and I was actually expecting there to be quite a few. And the selection this seller had was lacking, not to mention the prices being outrageous. I would advise people to find another place for their produce-even the local grocery store has a better selection than this place!!
Maria () - 09 10 08 - 09:24

Sorry to hear that, Maria. The data that I used for this map is now 2 years old. Here are two other sites that might have some updated info:
ben () - 20 10 08 - 00:45

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