Since 2017, the Boxville Seasonal Marketplace, located east of the 51st Street Green Line ‘L’ station, has become a fixture in South Side’s Bronzeville neighborhood. With its shipping container storefronts, local entrepreneurs can easily set up shop each Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and Sunday afternoon from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Boxville’s Market Place season lasts from June until October.
It takes about six months to turn a shipping container into a retail space, versus 10 years to open a brick and mortar store. That convenience opens the door for business owners at Boxville to provide unique and home-grown goods and services while adding to the diverse and entertaining atmosphere. Vendors can rent tables for a small day rate, while the container boxes rent for an average of $500 monthly. The exact rent varies depending on what the container is being used for.Vendor Request Form
With its flexibility to support vendors on a short or long term basis with options for any budget, Boxville has helped local entrepreneurs to grow their sales and brand awareness with minimal capital. Vendors often sell out before their day is over.Learn More
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Interested vendors or non-profit organizations can reach Kaaron Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to reserve a space.
Boxville Marketplace currently has five regular, “anchor” tenants — Blank Canvas, Fake Decent, Raw Cutting Barber Shop, Do Well Sandwich Co., and The Infinite Taste.
Boxville is also home to one of Chicago Farmers Markets. On Sundays, we offer a match program for recipients of SNAP benefits. This means for every dollar spent up to $15, we’ll match!!
Boxville vendors sell everything from clothing and jewelry, to foods like fresh produce, hot meals, and sweets. Each week draws curious explorers and regular shoppers while DJ music plays throughout the market.
For those who want to stay a while, in 2018 Boxville added the Neighborhood Square, an open seating and games space, boasting activities fit for all ages and interests. Visitors can sit and relax or enjoy a variety of games and activities, with recurring programs like weekly yoga and dog training, to impromptu ping pong tournaments, the Neighborhood Square provides a fun space for families to gather and spend quality time.
In the 2019 season, we plan to amp up programming with weekly boot camp training, yoga, sip and paints, game tournaments, and more fun activities in the Neighborhood Square.
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