Low-Line Market Descends on Southport
Friends, neighbors, brethren, gather 'round! Southport Avenue is home to a new prepared food and farmers' market, the Low-Line Market, set to premiere this Thursday and run weekly through October 17. The mission for the market is not only to provide quality artisanal provisions for Lakeview residents, but to create a community experience where locals can meet and mingle. In addition to local produce, bread, and prepared foods, visitors can also pick up a new friendship. It's all very Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but if anyplace can pull it off, it's the family-friendly Southport corridor. Low-Line Market is located at the Southport Brown Line CTA station, operated as a collaborative effort between the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Lakeview, and Lakeview Special Service Area No. 27.
The market has reputable clout behind it. Megan Larmer, co-president of Slow Food Chicago and manager of the Logan Square Farmers' Market, serves as market manager, saying, "I'm pleased to be a part of this new neighborhood market that gives small producers a way to connect with Lakeview residents who have an interest in high-quality, locally and regionally sourced products." Lisa Santos, owner of Southport Grocery & Cafe and president of Friends of Lakeview, elucidates on inspiration discerned from Manhattan's Chelsea Market and the development of High Line public park, saying that the Low-Line Market could have a similar effect in Lakeview. Heather Way, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, explains that the market is an extension of the Lakeview Area Master Plan and an example of how the neighborhood is constantly evolving and seeking partnerships to enhance the area.
Vendors at Low-Line Market include Nordic Creamery, Growing Home, Piedt Farms, Katherine Anne Confections, Salted Caramel, Crumb, Defloured, Phoenix Bean, Puffs of Doom, and for all your knife-sharpening needs, Sharpening by Dave, plus others. Low-Line Market runs every Thursday between June 6 and October 17. Hours are 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. June 6 through September 5, and 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. September 12 through October 17.