Flea markets, festivals, antique fairs, vintage and garage sales are so fun to explore. If you’re in Chicago, there’s countless opportunities for you to dig through stalls and meander around parking lots filled to the brim with gems waiting to find new homes. Here’s a few you definitely should know about.
Wolff’s Flea Markets – Allstate Arena, Rosemont
The furthest drive (if you live in the city), but the cheapest to enter, Wolff’s Flea Market sprawls over the entire Allstate Arena parking lot and has literally everything you’d imagine a flea market having. Vendors sell shampoos, sunglasses, video games, novelty items, furniture, clothing, gardening tools, fishing lures, and whatever else you didn’t realize you needed! That being said, be prepared to do some serious digging. If you’re looking for something fun to browse through, this is your place. Open most Sundays, April through November.
Randolph Street Market – West Loop
The Randolph Street Market is worth a visit, even costing $12 a person. If you book ahead online and get a package deal you can pay less, but it is worth the entry cost. If you’re in need of furniture, either vintage or hand-made, this is your place! Besides that they have events with live music and some wonderful food vendors. This is a monthly 2-day market throughout the year (indoor only during the winter months) and is worth planning for. I went with some girlfriends and ended up finding some metal drawers that went into the TV console!
Vintage Garage – Uptown
Held in a parking garage, this funky market is a blend of craft vendors and vintage dealers. The inventory is primarily vintage clothing, records, and small household objects, but there’s a handful of dealers that specialize more in vintage and antique furniture or hand-made repurposed goods. $5 gets you in the door, and if you’re quickly browsing, you can accomplish a visit within a half hour. If you’re really digging, plan for an hour to an hour and a half. This market runs the third Sunday of every month during the summer.
Any other favorites I’m missing? Let me know!