On Saturday, April 7, 2018, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the launch of Fulton Market Expo (FMX), a celebration of local farmers, artists, and makers.
The block, first constructed in 1887 as the historical Fulton Street Wholesale Market, will once again be the home of a bustling exhibition. The original brick buildings — which are still standing — were home to the Fulton Market Wholesale Company, a consortium of Chicago’s 22 butchers and meatpackers. During this time, it is said that Chicago consumed more meat than any other city in the world.
“With the growth and resurgence of the businesses along Fulton Market, it is very important we recognize and pay homage to the history of this district,” says Carla Agostinelli, Executive Director of the West Loop Community Organization. “It not only is our responsibility to celebrate the history of the district, but to also encourage the makers and small businesses to join us in the creation of the newest chapter of Fulton Market’s history.”
The day also kicked off West Loop fashion designer Borris Powell’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection, “sideS of me,” at the WeWork Fulton Market. Borris counts among many of his accolades being the winner of the prestigious Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011. He has been living and working in the West Loop for over ten years.
“I think the Fulton Market Expo is long overdue, and I’m very excited for the West Loop community. I commend everyone who helped bring this event together,” says Alderman Walter Burnett of the 27th Ward.
Every Saturday between the months of June through October, FMX will be held on Fulton Market between Peoria and Green Streets from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.