This weekend should be the height of Chicago's warm fall weather... So get outside while you can! The Randolph Street Market thankfully takes place all year round now, but there's still something special about the sprawling outdoor extravaganza set-up.
On Friday evening, yours truly will get a sneak peek of the market, since I was chosen to be part of RSM's Annual Editor's And Designer's Choice For Charity. A whole host of media and design figures will be checking things out early and selecting favorites that will then be showcased to benefit individual charities. I couldn't refuse a free cocktail and a chance at an early preview, but the chance to highlight a few unique items while making selections to benefit a favorite charity were really motivating. I'll be sure to Tweet and post about my own 'choices' so that you can check them out for yourself over the weekend. I imagine it'll be hard to resist buying my own favorite items!
The markets are really fun and unique to Chicago. Hundreds of dealers set up shop for the weekend, and depending on your own needs or just your mood, you can spend hours browsing through vintage magnets, patches or pins. You can get silver candleabras for a steal (I still regret not picking up a fabulous pair back in February...), and you can find vintage clothing to die for. You can also use the market as an excuse to shake things up - buy a few pairs of vintage specs to give out to friends for a party, or to just avoid getting stuck in an eyeglass rut. You can find a range of furniture and accessories that will be right at home in a chic modern apartment, or perhaps you're looking to try your hand at reupholstery and you're looking for some pieces with good bones in need up an update. Trust me, it's all here, and you can find it if you just keep your eyes open and look. Overall, the place is just whacky, which adds to the fun. Sally and her team also always keep things interesting by making sure there's good food and music.
See you there!
Who are these 'Editors?' Here's a sampling: Kevin Aeh/Time Out Chicago, Rebecca Taras/Refinery29, Ginny Van Alyea/Chicago Gallery News, Arianne Nardo/Interiors, James Barra/Interiors, Rebecca Michuda/Today's Chicago Woman, Talia Pines/CS, William Bragadoccio/Men’s Street Fashion, Molly Each/Chicago Sun Times Splash, Ana Founa/chi-stylemaven.blogspot.com, Haley Giambalvo/Design Improvised, Jaye Goody/Curvatude, Barri Leiner Grant/m&b Vintage Smitten, Mitch Obstfeld/i4design, Tricia Royal/bitsandbobbins.com, Lisa Skolnik/Writer, Meg Mathis/Michigan Ave, Ashley Nicole Catherine/ashleynicolecatherine.blogspot.com, Carmen Rivera/Chicago Magazine, Rochelle Vayo Adkinson/Bring it Home, Jessie Kalin/Windy City Live, Katie Cahnmann/Nowyouknowevents.com, Candace Jordan/Candid Candace, Jen Luby/Second City Soiree, Cait Weingartner/prettyandfun.com, and Alison Fraker/Brown Eyed Style.
Interior designers include: Grace Sielaff, Lisa Simeone, Marshall Erb, Michael & Lori Anthony, Ramsey Jay Prince, Julia Buckingham Edelmann, Jennie Bishop, Erin Shakoor, Divas N Design, Linc Thelen, Kenneth Walter, Richard Abrahamson, Fernando Soler, Shane Inman, Michael Del Piero Good Design, Edyta Czajkowska and more picking the best booth designs as well!!
Randolph Street Market: September 29+30, 2012
1340 W. Washington, Chicago • Over Eight Acres of Indoor & Outdoor Shopping, Rain or Shine
10am-6pm Sat & 10am-5pm Sun • Admission Good For Both Days
kids under 12 FREE • Free Downtown Furniture Delivery • Trolley from Water Tower Place • *Pet Friendly
Advance discount tickets available now - click HERE to purchase
• General Admission: $10 at the gate, $8 in advance
• Early Buying Preview Saturday: Outdoors at 8am and Indoors at 9am: $25 at the gate, $20 in advance
Early Buy benefits Chicago House for people living with HIV/AIDS
• Student Discount Admission: $5 at the gate, $3 in advance