Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Tuesday, April 23

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A favorite destination of many, the Maxwell Street Market is Chicago's oldest outdoor market. While the City of Chicago website touts it as a "family affair", where bargaining is the universal language, it seems the city contractor in charge of running the market has found himself in a bit of trouble. Citing mismanagement and alleged drug use, the contractor and an employee have been suspended. It appears the city may have a disgruntled employee to blame for the allegations, which leads to a suspicious vibe to the whole story.

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