The Maxwell Street Foundation
Although this website and its content will remain live, the Maxwell Street Foundation has a new official website here. Check it first for the most up-to-date information and content.

The unique history of Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood deserves to be preserved. That is the mission of the Maxwell Street Foundation (MSF).

If you are researching the history of the Maxwell Street neighborhood, please check out these articles:

"Maxwell Street, Still Hanging On,"

"Requiem for Maxwell Street,"

"Some Thoughts (Possibly Final) About Maxwell Street,"

Our National Register nomination.

To navigate the rest of the Maxwell Street Foundation web site, just page down to see the different sections.

Effective 2014, the mailing address of the Maxwell Street Foundation is P.O. Box 4307, Chicago, IL  60680-4307. (If you see an Evanston address on this site please disregard it.) Email is info@maxwellstreet.org. Telephone is (312) 243-0394.

To add your own Maxwell Street memories, write in our guestbook.

To contact us via email, click here.

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To make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the MSF via PayPal using your PayPal account or any major credit card, click on the DONATE button below.


What is the Maxwell Street Sound?


The Maxwell Street Collection
The Maxwell Street Collection
The Maxwell Street Collection is a history of the Maxwell Street Market and community as told in eleven powerful images by Chicago's top photographers. It spans 1937 to 2000 and features the work of Tom Arndt, Patty Carroll, Ron Gordon, James Iska, Jack Jaffe, Kenneth Josephson, Nathan Lerner, Tom Palazzolo, Marc PoKempner, Bob Thall, and Jay Wolke. Proceeds from sales of the limited-edition fine art portfolio benefit the Maxwell Street Foundation. Click here to view. Click here for more information. (Please disregard the contact information in the slideshow.)
News Update
The Latest News
News and Updates for 2014 are currently under construction.

If it has anything to do with Maxwell Street and the activities of the Maxwell Street Foundation, you can read all about it here.

The News Update page is in chronological order, with the most recent stories first. It goes back to 1997. (Photo by Bernie Beckman, c. 1964)
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events! Find out about current and upcoming events, brush up on the issues surrounding the Maxwell Street controversy and find out what you can do to help.

Current and Upcoming Events for 2014 are currently under construction.

This page could also be titled "Miscellaneous." An earlier form of this page was the first Maxwell Street content I put up here. (Photo by Tom Palazzolo, 1961)
Buy Something
Maxwell Street Poster SORRY, BUT THE MAXWELL STREET STORE IS CLOSED.
Get the new Maxwell Street "Birthplace of the Chicago Blues" poster (shown, left) and other great Maxwell Street merchandise directly from the Maxwell Street Foundation (MSF). Proceeds from sales help the MSF preserve Maxwell Street's heritage. Click here for official Maxwell Street stuff sold by the MSF. Click here for Maxwell Street-related CDs, videos and books from other sources.