Randolph Street Market

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Randolph Street Market Held the last weekend of the month from April to November, Randolph Street Market is a European-style bazaar with more than two hundred vendors – all hand-picked by festival organizers – hawking an array of antiques, handmade... Chicago United States 41.88446 -87.661044
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Party Earth Review Held the last weekend of the month from February to December, Randolph Street Market is a European-style bazaar with more than two hundred vendors – all hand-picked by festival organizers – hawking an array... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Sa 10am–6pm, Su 10am–5pm (last weekend of each month February–December)

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Randolph Street Market Review

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Held the last weekend of the month from April to November, Randolph Street Market is a European-style bazaar with more than two hundred vendors – all hand-picked by festival organizers – hawking an array of antiques, handmade...

Held the last weekend of the month from February to December, Randolph Street Market is a European-style bazaar with more than two hundred vendors – all hand-picked by festival organizers – hawking an array of antiques, handmade items, and vintage goods.

Both an indoor and outdoor event, the market features tented booths that cover the expansive parking lot and even more sellers inside the nearby Plumbers Hall. Serious antique collectors trawl the vast selection for hidden gems, while meticulous hipsters and affable groups of friends scour the racks of vintage clothes or check out vinyl records for rare imports.

Inside the Hall, nearly the entire first floor is dedicated to antiques – mostly furniture and estate finds – while a smaller room is home to independent crafters selling original clothing, jewelry, and art.

The upstairs ballroom houses an immense collection of higher-end used clothing and contemporary décor from all over the world, a mecca for serious thrift-loving fashionistas, budding interior decorators, and patient treasure hunters who just might stumble upon a mid-century Chanel purse next to a booth of vintage travel posters and magazines.

Although warm days are certainly popular for browsing in the sunshine, even the most inclement weather doesn’t stop shoppers on the prowl from enjoying the hidden wonders of the Randolph Street Market.

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Tip from Emma:

Print out a ticket on the website to save a few bucks on admission. You can also buy an early-bird ticket that gets you entry at 8am, two full hours before anyone else. The cost is $20, but the extra money goes to charity.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, vintage fashionistas, groups of friends, antique lovers, and families, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional live music and street performances. Check website for schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Various food vendors selling everything from empanadas to pastries. Free trolley from Water Tower Place. Free furniture delivery within downtown. Pet friendly excluding Pit bulls and Dobermans. Restrooms available.

  • Prices

    Entry fee $8–$10 (cheaper for students, more for early entry). Merchandise prices vary. Food $2–$6. Valet $10. Cash preferred. ATM on site.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: t-shirts, shorts, jeans, dresses, flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any sunny weekend.

  • Close By

    Just a few blocks away is the Maxwell Street Market (corner of Desplaines Street and Roosevelt Road), a Sunday-only flea market where anyone can sell their goods.

Randolph Street Market User Reviews

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Fabulous window shopping for a mid century modern fix
Sarah R. Apr 25, 2013
With the sixth season of Mad Men hitting screens across the country, everyone is back on their quest to find that perfect Mid Century Modern credenza to hold their martini glasses whilst waiting for the delectable DD (Don please take me now Draper) to pop round for an Old Fashioned. Randolph Street Market is a Draperfiles dream. With vendors both inside and out there is much to feast the eyes on. You will find plenty of beautifully restored pieces aswell as a few battered pieces in need of some tlc. However unlike a lot of markets going towards the end of the day won't really help you to land a bargain Eames chair. Vendors are pretty seasoned and are very quick to tell you the current going rates on ebay and etsy if you dare to haggle. The advantage is that you get to view the goods and skip the post and packaging. If you are planning on spending $500 for that signature chair, then you will love it. For those of us just window shopping, you can console yourself with the amazing empanadas being served in the basement. Be warned though, after two of these you will need a corset to fit into your vintage cocktail dress. Previews this weekend 27th and 28th April 10-5pm. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 on the door.
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