Sure, you could bring home the same old souvenirs from your trip to the Windy City, but why bring home an “I Heart Chicago” T-shirt when you can bring back a handmade good or vintage find to remind you of your trip?
Each month, Randolph Street Market in the West Loop opens its doors for one weekend, luring shoppers looking for everything from indie designed furnishings to vintage jewelry. The market is divided into three main areas—Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market and Modern Vintage—and depending upon the time of year, spans both inside and outside lots (May through September; indoor only the rest of the year).
On a recent visit, we spotted vendors selling vintage cufflinks, retro-cool flasks, modern lighting sculptures and a company that lets you custom make your own lipstick. And let’s not forget the food—vendors also sell local products like honey and hot sauce while some of Chicago’s top food trucks serve up savory empanadas, french pastries and some of the city’s best BBQ.
There is a $10 admission fee to enter the market, but discounted tickets can often be found online when you purchase in advance. Parking is free. For a schedule of upcoming dates and vendors, check out their website.
photo credit: Randolph Street Market