Night Markets Coming To Logan Square, Argyle Street

A night market in Istanbul.
A night market in Istanbul. Photo: Sky Full of Bacon

We have always found night markets in foreign cities magical; there’s a unique feel to twisty streets full of vendors of vegetables and fish in the unnatural twilight of black skies and mercury vapor lights. At any moment we expect to run into Harrison Ford trying to avoid being called in to hunt down some replicants. Anyway, night food and farmer’s markets have apparently been on somebody’s agenda for increasing activity in certain neighborhoods— making it more possible for working people to buy farmer’s goods and also increasing the positive activity on the streets at night. And now the city has announced two official markets coming this summer, one in Logan Square running from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights, and one on Argyle Street running from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights. The plan is that both will draw vendors from many of the city’s markets, as well as street performers and other signs of life. Chicago has always been a bit of a roll-up-the-sidewalks town as major metropoli go, so we’re excited to see something other than bar activity happen in these neighborhoods at night. [Uptown Update]