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Maxwell Street Foray: June 1, 2003

David Hammond | May 15, 200303:52 PM

Last August, 2002, a number of us toured the savory food stalls of Maxwell (now actually Canal) Street and brought back tales of exotic huitlacoche, tear-inducing masa preparation, hallucinogenically wonderful Oaxacan tamales--and, of course, eye-popping taco de los ojos. You can search “Maxwell” in this discussion for more (I’ve included a link to my post and pix of this last event). Many Chowhounds have written extensively and eloquently about this remarkable open air food orgy, and I think it’s safe to say that nowhere but on Chowhound have the food options on Maxwell Street been so thoroughly documented.

So let’s do it again — this time with cameras rolling! On Sunday, June 1, Mike G and I will gather some of our chow-friendly associates for a foray through the Maxwell Street market, with the idea of capturing it for a local cable TV show about great food in Chicago. This is not a Chowhound-sponsored event, though its goals are certainly in line with the Chowhound philosophy of deliriously extending the frontiers of hyperdeliciousness. Because Chowhounds are the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable eaters around, and always happy to meet like-minded folks, we’d like to include anyone here who wants to be part of it. Even if you don’t want to appear on camera, we’d love to have you come along, though we can’t promise you won’t turn up in a long shot of the group (so if you’re in the witness protection program, be advised).

We’ll meet at the entrance to Dominick’s (on Roosevelt and Canal) at 9:30 AM on June 1st. If you get lost, call my cell: 708-902-3969. Kids are welcome, and they usually have a good time. Last year, Zim, VI, and Mike all brought theirs, and the kids seemed to like it a lot.

If you plan to come, please email me at and we’ll be on the lookout for you – or just meet us there.

Incidentally, I haven’t been to Maxwell Street in two or three months, so if anyone has observations on the current offerings, let’s hear ‘em.


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