Flea markets can be a great option for shopping when looking for items that set themselves apart from the regular products you might find at your local big box store. Whether you’re looking for antiques, food items or just some accent pieces, Chicago has a number of flea markets to choose from. There are year-round flea markets and specialty events throughout the year. Take advantage of the many different flea market options to choose from and ensure your home is filled with some specialty items that stand out.

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Buyer’s Flea Market
4545 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 227-1889

Buyer’s Flea Market is the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in the Chicago area and has been serving the community for over 30 years. Parking is provided at the rooftop deck with capacity for over 1,100 cars and two auxiliary parking lots. The indoor space features vendors in 8×10-foot spaces, while the outdoor vendors have spaces that are 10×10 feet with overhead coverage from the elements. Admission is $1 to enter. The vendors range in everything from ethnic foods to high-top gym shoes, with discounted prices you will love.

2013 Randolph Street Market
1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-1200

This is the 10th anniversary for this hugely popular outdoor street market event. It will be held September 28-29, October 26-27, November 23-24 and December 14-15. For all days, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors will have deals on antiques, vintage treasures, art and fashion. Tickets are $10 at the gate but there are discounted prices for purchasing online, in bulk or for students. There will be food vendors set up for street food eats while you shop and live music to entertain the whole family in this fun outdoor event.

(Credit: Chicago Antique Market Randolph Street's facebook)

(Credit: Chicago Antique Market Randolph Street’s facebook)

Randolph Street’s Holiday Market
Plumber’s Hall – Indoors only
1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-1200

This is the 7th annual Randolph Street’s Holiday Market event. It is held on November 23-24 and December 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate but $8 if purchased online in advance. This is the perfect place to pick up some truly unique holiday decorations, like nothing you might find at the local big chain store. Your home will be a standout on the block for the holidays. You can choose a new theme for your Christmas tree this year or you can find some great gifts for friends and family.

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Grayslake Antique Market
Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake, IL 60030
(715) 526-9769

This event will be held October 12-13, November 9-10 and December 7-8. Admission is $7 and is good for both days of the event. Saturday’s event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday’s event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and parking is free. This is a great opportunity to find some diamond-in-the-rough finds for your home. Whether you’re looking for some antiques to coincide with your current theme or just looking for some collectible items to add some accents to a particular room, this is a great market to check out for incredible finds.

Haunted Halloween All Night Flea Market
DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 W. Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(715) 526-9769

Located just outside of Chicago, this is a truly unique flea market event on October 26 at 3 p.m. and doesn’t end until October 27 at 12 a.m. Vendors get into the true Halloween spirit dressed in gory and whimsical costumes and shoppers are encouraged to do the same. There will be everything from power tools to 1950s collectibles and hugely discounted prices so that you will be able to buy something for everyone in the family. However, the main attraction besides the shopping is all the activities included in this flea market event. There will be a beer garden, hay rides, live music, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest and much more.

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