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French Market, Chicago

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For centuries, markets - in which individual vendors sell food, clothing, books and flowers - have been a central feature of European life. Public markets are synonymous with French culture and style, as expressed through fresh food and drink, flowers, clothing, arts, crafts and jewelry sold by local vendors in open air. With over 50 years operating markets in France the Bensidoun family brought this concept to Illinois in 1997 with the opening of the Wheaton French Market and a rich tradition of American open-air markets European style began. We welcome your interest in our markets and are confident you will enjoy joining our community. Applicants that we accept have access to a system of local markets and pop-up events that service a large geographic area. We work with both full and part time vendors and we strive to make your experience at outdoor markets a pleasant and consistent one – no matter the town or the day of the week. We provide traditional imported French Market Canopies for our vendors at the majority of our venues. We believe in and support the communities we are in and work closely with our sponsoring organizations, local government, local businesses and local non-profits to provide vibrant public markets that address the needs of the community and connect the business owner directly to the consumer.

All interested vendors please contact Tom Straus at: Frenchmarketpromotions@gmail.com
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  • You almost come across this place by chance and it has all the characteristics of being a hidden gem. There are around 20 food stalls here that are notable for their quality and diverse range of food....  more »
  • Pick up food from about 20 great food stalls. Everyone gets what they want and then go to the back and enjoy!  more »
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  • The market has something for everyone, how can you not find something to eat here? The prices and portions are in line with what you would expect downtown. You can spend $10-15 and walk out satisfied. There are some food vendors I prefer over others, you just have to get there and try a bunch of them. This place is for tourists and locals. Seating fills up, show up early for lunch to get a table with chairs. There are usually several stand around tables open. The rumbling you'll occasional hear is a train rolling overhead. The place is always clean too. Very enjoyable experience.
  • Went here for the first time with some girlfriends of mine last week— the variety in vendors is awesome! (I was definitely mislead by the ‘French’.) Sushi and macaroon finds here are delicious, but also a great spot to meet with friends who may have different tastes than yours.

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