Maxwell Street Market / by Alice Zhao

One of our favorite things to do on a not-so-sweltering-summer-Sunday is to head to the Maxwell Street Market for some authentic Mexican food. It's now located on Desplaines from about Polk Street to Roosevelt Road, it's your one stop shop for cheap eats and fake and stolen goods!

In the middle of the summer, it's a lot more packed and wayyy stickier than this!

Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, Agua Fresca, Coca Cola
Agua Fresca and Coco Cola made from real sugar (we think). Refresco!

Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, Tacos Asada, Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos asada; Tacos al pastor.
All of the stalls at the Market freshly press their tortillas and throw them on the grill- it's a lot better than getting those packaged tortillas at the supermarket! The tacaos al pastor were nice and fatty with lots of flavor. My ears were burning for a while from the spices afterwards.
Maxwell Street Market, ChicagoNot really sure what this is but it looked good. I mean, there was bacon involved.

Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, Queso Fresco, Corn

Queso Fresco; Corn on the grill

Maxwell Street Market, Chicago, Elote
I can never leave the Maxwell Street Market without one of these. Elote, in all it's Parkay glory. Corn on the Cob, slathered with Parkay, Queso Fresco, Sour Cream and Chili Powder. (This is one of the few times I'll allow myself to eat hydrogenated oil.)