For the past three summers Wrigleyville residents and visitors have had a lot of events to look forward to at Gallagher Way. Far from being “the state’s largest beer garden” as Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and some residents predicted, Gallagher Way hosts a plethora of events for neighbors including exercise classes, fun events for children, and movie nights. However, I was a little bummed because one of my favorite events from the past two years was missing: Thursday’s Farmer Market.
Well, area residents, despair no more! While last year’s partnership with Green City Markets appears to have ended, last week was the first French Market at Gallagher Way. They will be hosted every Thursday the Cubs don’t have a game at Wrigley Field. You can see the full schedule below:
The French Market has a lot more variety than last year’s farmer’s market. You can still stock up on fresh produce and some specialty goods like Stamper’s Cheese or kettle corn, but it’s also a great place for jewelry, trinkets, and unique gifts. Here are some pictures I took of various vendors last Thursday:
In addition to lots of goods and fresh food, area chefs do cooking demonstrations throughout the evening. Last week’s demonstration was from Tony Mantuano of Spiagga and Maddon’s Post:
Assuming the storm has passed, tonight’s demonstration will be “Wine 101” featuring Alex Reed of Mordecai. You can see the entire schedule of demonstrations below:
You’ll also notice that schedule includes a list of bands. That’s right, there is also live music during each French Market. All in all it’s a lovely atmosphere. Whether you live in the neighborhood or are just visiting it’s definitely worth checking out.
You can enjoy the French Market at Gallagher Way most Thursdays until September 26th. If you do show up keep your eyes peeled for some special Cubs snacks and treats: