Looking for a way to eat healthier, enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and see different Chicago neighborhoods? I've found that farmers markets are my favorite way to experience cities, and Chicago is no exception. Here is my list of the top 5 Chicago farmers markets!

Wicker Park Farmers Market

1425 N. Damen Avenue

June Through October

Sundays 8am-2pm

Rick Bayless, famed Chicago chef, is known to stop by this market for their fresh produce. After the market, make sure to check out the rest of the neighborhood; Wicker Park is filled with boutiques, coffee shops, and my favorite bookstore.

SOAR Farmers Market at the Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Avenue

June Through October

Tuesdays 7am-3pm

In front of the MCA, this market has convenient week day hours for lunch breaks or picking up healthy ingredients during the week. This place is a perfect destination for people wanting to experience art and a farmers market in one trip.

Maxwell Street Market

Polk Street and Desplains Street

 Sundays 7am–3pm, year-round

Maxwell Street Market carries authentic Mexican food and crafts, as well as various furniture, clothes, and household items. Make sure to come hungry– plenty of taco stands and chicharrones round out this colorful market.

Daley Plaza Farmer's Market

Washington St and Clark St

Thursdays 7am–3pm, May 10–October 25

Located in the middle of the Loop, this market is popular for workday lunches and picking up a few groceries on the way home. It takes place right next to Picasso's statue, so make sure to marvel at the steel-giant while finding the freshest tomatoes.

Loyola University Farmers Market

Mondays, 4pm to 8pm, June to October.

Located near Loyola University, this market is filled with students and locals alike. It labels itself as a "producers only" market, meaning that produce is sold by those who grew it. What better way to learn about your food than by asking the farmer it came from?

The Chicago French Market (Bonus Market!)

131 N. Clinton

Monday through Friday 7am-7:30pm

Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm

Although this is a year-round market, the Chicago French Market is an unforgettable part of Chicago's market scene in the summer. Located underneath Ogilvie Train Station, they serve seasonal produce and French foods, from pastries and cheese to sandwiches and produce. The indoor stalls make a great shopping option when rain cancels other outdoor markets.

No matter which Chicago farmers market you choose to explore, you'll be experiencing a unique side of Chicago. With the amazing neighborhoods and food options, Chicago is a great place to visit... just make sure to book your flight for the summer time!