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Visit the Streeterville Farmers Market: local produce and community partnership

Nothing brings neighbors together like fresh fruit, flowers and baked goods in summer. 

Now through Oct. 26, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) hosts a farmers market at 220 E. Chicago Ave., just steps from Northwestern’s Chicago campus. 

Come rain or shine every Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out the SOAR Farmers Market and a variety of locally grown and produced farm fresh fruits and vegetables, cut and potted flowers and herbs, baked goods, meats and cheeses. There are ready-to-eat lunch options and drinks as well.

The list of vendors includes Back of the Yards Coffee Co., Bennison’s Bakery and Nichols Farm and Orchard, among many others. The SOAR website also has a list of what produce is in season in August.

The farmers market also is an occasion for Northwestern and Streeterville to celebrate a community partnership. Northwestern has sponsored the market for the past seven years, and University police frequently occupy a booth among the vendors where officers discuss security, bike safety and other neighborhood issues.

“We really appreciate our relationship with Northwestern police,” said Deborah Gershbein, president of SOAR. “Their presence helps create a safe and welcoming environment for all of us, residents, visitors, students, faculty or staff.”

Members of the Northwestern community — and anyone with a Streeterville connection — can get involved in SOAR.