Chicago Antique Market

flea 001Harry Caray, Pure Class

If you’re in Chicago this weekend, stop by the West Loop for the Chicago Antique Market, an indoor air-conditioned and outdoor European-style urban antique market located in the historic and distinctive Randolph Street Market District at the beautiful Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall complex at 1340 W. Washington Street.

flea 002I visited the market during its opening weekend, and while I do love the Brooklyn Flea, the size, scope, and number of relative bargains found on Randolph Street dwarf fair Brooklyn’s quaint – and far more expensive – little market.

flea 003I love wood racquets.

flea 004I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Julie Fernstrom of Andersonville’s English Cottage and Brimfield, named for the tartan as well as the famous Massachusetts flea market. She has a healthy stock of sumptuous plaid blankets and re-purposed mid-century modern furniture, much of which she’s reupholstered borrowing materials from her collection of blankets.

flea 005The Brimfield Tartan in all its splendor
flea 006This desk chair has been re-upped with a military-issue Faribault Mills blanket.
flea 007Not to be outdone a vendor from Madison, Wisconsin offered this Swiss Army Blanket Bench.

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flea 011Ditka, Not a Shopper

For seventy more photos of my trip to the Chicago Antique Market, visit Flickr. And while there’s still time, make your way to the West Loop for some terrific bargains.