WEST LOOP — The West Loop could be getting a farmers market as soon as August, according to one of the neighborhood's community groups.
The effort is part of a collaboration between the city's Department of Planning and Development, Lincoln Park's Green City Market and the West Loop Community Organization. The market would occupy a 12,000-square-foot privately owned parking lot at the busy corner of Halsted Street and Fulton Market and would be open Saturday mornings. Aug. 2 is the tentative start date, the group said.
Last Friday, the West Loop Community Organization posted about plans for a West Loop farmers market, saying it would be a "much needed" addition to the neighborhood.
Having a farmers market in the West Loop is one of the "key actions" of the Fulton/Randolph District plan — a land use initiative which involves preserving historic West Loop buildings and setting design guidelines for the area, according to Peter Strazzabosco, the city's deputy planning and development commissioner.
Neither Green City Market nor the West Loop Community Organization were available for comment.
Chloe Riley previews the new market and highlights what she'll be buying in the first week: