Randolph Street Market Festival

May 23, 2008 11:48:14 AM PDT
Five years ago the Chicago Antique Market burst on the scene, quickly earning an international reputation as one of the finest and most diverse markets in the world, says Sally Schwartz, one of the markets' founders. Chicago's weekend market was often compared to Paris' legendary Le marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen. Opening this Saturday, the Market celebrates its fifth anniversary with a new name, a new look, new hours, new elements and new vendors. But, Schwartz promises that serious antique collectors, style-setters, fashion mavens and shoppers will more than ever find the most exciting array of vintage and modern decorative objects, home furnishings, art, fashion and jewelry that has ever been assembled in downtown Chicago. Held at 1350 W. Randolph Street in Chicago's uber-chic West Loop, the European-style indoor/outdoor Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market. The Market features more than 200 vendors selling a wide array of merchandise, plus onsite dining, wine bar, interactive demonstrations and live music from some of Chicago's hottest bands and musicians.

New this year are mini "markets within the Market" including the Vinyl Swap Meet, featuring collectable, rare and original vinyl recordings for audiophiles and nostalgic music lovers; the Global Goods Bazaar, featuring a select group of artisans representing Chicago's ethnic heritage; and the Fancy Food Market, starring undiscovered culinary artisans making such goodies as truffles, gourmet popcorn, mini cupcakes, olive oils, spices and other treats.

Additionally classic cars and vintage Schwinn bicycles from the 1960s and 1970s will be for sale. Of special interest to those interested in selling their own inherited treasures is the Do-It-Yourself Estate Sale, where tables can be purchased and family heirlooms can be unloaded.

Returning is the popular Indie Designer Market featuring one-of-a-kind designs from some of Chicago's top independent fashion and jewelry designers including the creations of Brigid Murphy, BoCue, Cyndi Chan, Lara Miller, Sara's Shoes, Eva May, Erin Gallagher, Heidi Hess, Phizza'z, TongueTied, CC Bella, Zen-T for kids, Weenerware and more. The Indie Market also includes hot contemporary designers of home décor, furnishings and art.

Hailed by Lucky Magazine as "?the newest hot spot for antiquing" and by Travel and Leisure as one of the top three national urban antique markets, the Randolph Street Market Festival is the city's premiere shopping event. In Time Out Chicago, Nate Berkus, designer of Oprah fame, raved "That is something this city was seriously lacking. The quality of the merchandise there is incredible."

Free trolley transportation to and from the Randolph Street Market Festival is provided as a courtesy to shoppers. Trolleys depart Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and depart the Market for Water Tower at regular 30 minutes intervals from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. Free and ample parking is available and the event is just .2 miles from Ashland and Lake Streets' Green & Pink Line El stops.


WHAT: Randolph Street Market Festival: home of the renowned Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market

WHEN: May 24-May 25, June 28-29, July 26-27, August 30-31, September 27-28 and October 25-26.

Market hours:
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (outdoors)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.(indoors).;
Sundays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1350 block of W. Randolph Street (between Ada and Ogden).

PRICE: General admission $10; good for both days.
Special 2 for 1 student discounts with ID.
Children 12 and under free.
Season Passes are also available and are priced at $75.
A Season Pass includes unlimited admittance throughout the season for two people as well as free valet parking.

TO GET THERE: Free trolley! As a courtesy to all market-goers, a free trolley is provided to and from the Randolph Street Market. Trolleys depart Water Tower Place on north Michigan Ave. at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and depart the Market for Water Tower at regular 30 minutes intervals from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. The Randolph Street Market Festival is conveniently served by public transportation and easily accessed by the CTA's Green and Pink line elevated stops.

PARKING: Free and ample parking is available.

FOR INFO: For more information call 312-666-1200 or visit www.randolphstreettmarket.com

OTHER RESOURCES: www.chicagoantiquemarket.com and www.indiedesignermarket.com