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Philadelphia Chapter Event: Italian Market Walking Tour

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 10am‑12pm EDT
Location: Visitor's Center at 919 South 9th Street in Philadelphia
Restricted to members and their guests
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
This event is SOLD OUT!
Contact: Fran Jonas


Enjoy the country’s oldest and largest open-air market for a bit of history and a bit of delicious Philly food on this fantastic walking tour! The Italian Market has shaped the character of this area for generations and has been influenced by a number of immigrant groups. Come and experience a vibrant, exciting area that has withstood the test of time!

For over 100 years, the S. 9th Street Italian Market Shopping District has been a community of immigrants. This is our history. It makes us unique. It makes us a special place. There is no other shopping district like S. 9th Street that has withstood the test of time. Generations of immigrant families have lived and worked here side by side. Businesses continue to operate in an old world fashion while recognizing current consumer trends. It is our hope that for the next 100 years S. 9th Street will continue to be a community of immigrants dedicated to the main street small business concept, servicing the community, while continuing this unique shopping tradition.

‚ÄčThe South 9th Street Italian Market runs along 9th Street from Wharton to Fitzwater Streets. The market began in the mid-to-late 1880s when Antonio Palumbo, an Italian immigrant, opened a boarding house in the neighborhood for other Italians. Businesses sprang up to serve this growing community and began to form the largest, outdoor, continuous market in the country. Food stalls began to occupy the East side of 9th Street, where merchants sold fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. A number of butcher shops began to offer the highest-quality cuts of meat. Cheese shops, restaurants and bakeries filled the West side of 9th Street.

Meet a few minutes early at the at the Visitor's Center at 919 South 9th Street in Philadelphia

NOTE: All participants must wear a mask and obey social distancing rules. The tour will take place rain or shine!

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