|A Night Market in Taiwan|
ULI made many recommendations on how to help Argyle Street meet its full potential, including holding a night market, similar to those found in many parts of Asia. According to the report,
"The panel recommended a specific concept – a night market – to help tie the goals and recommendations together, and begin to establish Argyle Street as a destination rich with authentic national and ethnic heritage. The night market would be patterned off the night markets found in Asian cities – where vendors sell food and other goods in an open-air market accompanied by music and other entertainment. [...] Hosting the market after regular operating hours would promote the corridor without exacerbating the current parking challenges."Ald. Osterman made reference to a summer Night Market at the State of Uptown luncheon early in April, and now the city has made it official. According to a press release from the Mayor's office yesterday:
In an exciting new development, the Farmers Markets program will offer two “spinoffs” this summer featuring night markets in two different locations: the Logan Square Night Market, beginning June 26 and running through September 4 (5-9 p.m.) and the Argyle Night Market, June 27-September 19 (4-8 p.m.).
The new stand-alone Night Markets will happen weekly and include some vendors from the City’s other farmers markets, as well as having live performances and arts & crafts, with local artisans and local restaurants participating.
"Argyle Street is a special destination for people throughout the community, city and region,” said Ald. Harry Osterman, 48th Ward, where the Argyle Night Market will take place. “The Argyle Night Market will enhance the street's already vibrant commercial corridor and will celebrate its unique businesses, rich heritage and growing arts community. With a newly renovated CTA station and a future streetscape project in the works, Argyle Street has a bright future."
Live entertainment from The Hypocrites will include performances of “Romeo Juliet” Wednesdays at Logan Square and Thursdays at Argyle, June 26 and June 27 through July 17 and 18. (There will be no performance on July 4 at Argyle.)