Blog Prompt 1 : Energy @ Midtown Market
Midtown Market- Lake and Chicago
A picture I took from the parking lot.
The midtown market on lake and Chicago is a great place to go visit. The atmosphere is that of a friendly yet also festive outdoor market. The overall energy of the space is highly positive and flows throughout the market from many different places.
From the exterior there is a flow of culture from many of the surrounding neighborhoods. The market is filled with a cultural array of Latino, Indian, Asian, Tibetan, African, Greek, Scandinavian, Italian and many other cultures. These people are all brought together from the fact that the market is located in a very centralized spot, surrounded by many major roads and freeways (as marked by green lines, picture below). From all these places the overall energy of the market is moved to the interior.
Once inside, the market is bustling with energy. The overall welcoming atmosphere is heightened by small touches including open public places where one can sit and eat a variety of available ethnic foods, or just play a friendly game of chess on one of the provided tables. The space is a feel good spot and is frequented by many different types of people. While I was there I saw businessmen on their lunch breaks, mothers with children, elderly shopping for groceries, and everyone in between. Because the market provides a variety of products, there is literally something for everyone. These products include in short; pottery, food, clothing, plants, fruit, quinciňera supplies, jewelry, prints, spices, soap, massages, flowers, and many other things. While I was there I supported one of the local Latino vendors and bought some tamales to take home and they were excellent!
The market is a great place to go visit, and is one of few places in the city that you can find that many cultures all together in one place. You get a good vibe from the minute you walk in and whether you go there to buy something or just to look around, you leave feeling really good about your visit.