Yesterday, my family and I attended the Maxwell Street Market, a tradition we carry out every Father’s Day. We have been doing this for as long as I can remember, and I eagerly look forward to it every year. My dad and his family used to go when he was younger, so it has always been a special tradition for him.
Maxwell Street Market used to be a lot bigger than it is now, but it is still a pretty extensive market with many things to offer. It happens every Sunday in the summer from 7 AM- 3PM starting at 800 S DesPlaines Ave and expanding from there. The market offers various goods and services, including clothes, tools, home goods, jewelry, and various vintage knick-knacks. Honestly though, after all these years, the best part is still the food.
There are two main types of food served at Maxwell Street. Maxwell Street used to be known for its Maxwell Street Polish Sausages, but these days there’s a tantalizing mixture of flavorful Mexican and tangy BBQ. Walking past the seemingly endless lines of vendors, you can see the tortillas being hand made right in front of your eyes, and smell the steak, onions, and pork cooking on the giant griddles. You can spot the BBQ joints right away by the plumes of smoke rising from their grills and smokers.
We stopped at one BBQ stand that we just couldn’t pass up because you could smell the ribs from almost an entire block away. It was called Mr. Bill’s and it definitely didn’t disappoint. We ordered a full slab of ribs and split it between the 4 of us. The meat was so tender it literally fell right off the bone. The sauce was a perfect mix of tangy and sweet, and was well proportioned to the meat. Even the green beans and potatoes that came with it were delicious. If you’re in the area and even if you’re not (it’s worth the drive) I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for some good ribs in Chicago.
The next place I stopped to eat is one of my all time favorites and I make sure I eat there every time. It is called Tamales Oaxaqueños and it’s name is self-explanatory. They make 4 variations of one thing: chicken oaxaqueños (a type of tamale that is much larger than most and wrapped in a banana leaf). You can get them made with salsa rojo ( mild spice, lots of flavor), salsa verde (a little spicier, my personal favorite), mole (rich and complex), and vegetarian. They come topped with homemade adobo sauce (made from chipotle peppers) and sour cream. These oaxaqueños are easily one of my favorite things to eat in the entire Chicago area. My picture doesn’t even remotely do them justice.
Outside of food, I did make a few other purchases at the market. I bought some adorable fabric flowers to use to make more flower crowns this summer, a vintage gold chain necklace, and hand carved skull bracelet from the Philippines.
Here are some of my favorite street style looks from the day:
My Look was inspired by my travels and pieces I have collected from all over the world. I purchased the necklace while living, studying, and working in Cartagena, Colombia during the summer of 2013. It is made of shell fragments from the Cartagena beaches. My pants were brought back from Hong Kong for me by my parents during a trip to Thailand and Hong Kong last year. My bracelets are from many of my travels as well, including Cartagena, Budapest, and Bratislava. And of course I’m rocking my favorite BeBuddha Jewelry skull bracelet as always!!
Necklace: Cartagena, Colombia
Crop Top: Forever 21
Pants: Hong Kong
Sandals: Steve Madden
Bag: Kate Spade NY
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What are some of your favorite traditions? I would love to hear them in the comments!
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