The future of the Lakeview Area Master Plan was on full display Saturday afternoon when Lakeview Chamber of Commerce held a “Low Line Market potluck preview” under the Southport L station. With picnic tables set up with free box lunches, fall deserts and bottled water, the potluck preview introduced people in the neighborhood to the Low Line Market concept, which is intended to create a farmers market-type atmosphere.
“We are building awareness for the use of the space,” said Heather Way, executive director for the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “We want people to experience the community in a different way.”
Saturday’s potluck gave neighbors an idea of what can be expected when the market opens in June 2013. Way said that vendors will line the perimeter around the exit to the Southport L station with one or two produce vendors and the remaining offering hand-crafted prepared foods. There will also be light music and entertainment programming.
Jason Ring, general manager of nearby Crosby’s Kitchen, was out on Saturday showing his support for the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce by dishing out Italian butterscotch pudding. “I think it’s outstanding,” Ring said the planned Low Line Market. “It’ll make the area nicer.”
The Low Line Market is part of the Lakeview Area Master Plan, first revealed in Spring 2011, which aims to make the surrounding area more pedestrian-friendly with more community events. Lakeview neighbor Michelle Erwin, who came out to Saturday’s potluck preview said she was excited for the Low Line Market to start next year. “I love farmers markets,” she said. “This is a populated area, and I think it’ll do well.”
Erwin was enjoying some of the box lunches with Katherine Ferrini, of Lakeview, who also thought the Low Line Market will bring something unique to the neighborhood. “I think it’s nice to have something like that here,” she said. “I’m excited. It should have been done a long time ago.”
The Low Line Market will officially open in June 2013 running Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. underneath the Southport “L” station.