Maxwell Street Days in Madison WI
State Street's Maxwell Street Days, presented by the Greater State Street Business Association, is Madison's oldest and largest sidewalk sale event. Begun in 1976 by a downtown clothing store called Martin's, the sale has evolved into a two day event encompassing the entire street, with merchants plying their wares on the street, restaurateurs feeding the masses of shoppers, and musicians creating a fun and festive atmosphere celebrating downtown Madison. Continued....
Maxwell Street Days takes its name from the famed street of the same
name located on Chicago's near west side. By 1900, this area was a thriving,
residential and commercial area, populated largely by immigrant workers
and their families. Around 1910, pushcart businesses began spreading
onto Maxwell Street, and the Maxwell Street Market was established officially
by the City of Chicago in 1912. Providing a livelihood for many and
convenient, inexpensive shopping for thousands, the Maxwell Street Market
was a colorful, interesting place to visit with well known vendors,
local characters, food specialties, and music. Chicago's Maxwell Street
Market gave way to urban development in 1994.