(credit: TheVintageBazaar.com)

By Lauren Wulf

With a new season comes a whole new excuse to upgrade your wardrobe. Soon the warm days of sidewalk sales and outdoor markets will be a distant memory. Get out and enjoy Chicago’s unique vintage shopping markets while there’s time! Here are my picks for the best vintage markets this fall.

Vintage Bazaar

Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL

Date: September 9
Time: 11:00AM-5:00PM
Admission: $5 (Kids 12 and under are free)

The Vintage Bazaar features a unique blend of decor, designer home goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry and more. The addition of food trucks, along with local food booths, music, and cocktails has morphed the market into a destination for foodies as well as vintage pickers, decor fanatics and the fashion forward.

Fun Facts:

Shoppers get in free if they bring their pet cat on a leash (yes, pet cat!).
Pop-up dressing rooms available in the Winthrop/Lawrence lot.
Free tours of the ballroom with admission wristband. Learn about the history and architecture of the building every half hour from 1-5:00PM
Preview online before the market day: http://www.Krrb.com keyword “The Vintage Bazaar”

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Vintage Garage

Between Foster and Argyle in Uptown
5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL

Dates: September 16 & October 21
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Admission: $3

With space for 100 dealers, Vintage Garage Chicago is the city’s newest venue for buying and selling vintage and antique merchandise. The best part about this show, is rain or shine you’re covered from the elements!

Located at 5051 N. Broadway between Foster and Argyle in Uptown, the event is in easy reach of bus and transit. The show operates seasonally April-October on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Remaining events for the year are September 16th and October 21st.

Fun Facts:

Unique shopping in a parking garage
Covered shopping no matter the weather
3rd Sunday of every month, through October

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Randolph Street Market

Plumbers Hall
1340 W. Washington
Chicago, IL

Dates: September 29-30
Time: Sat- 10:00AM- 6:00PM / Sun- 10:00AM-5:00PM
Admission: $8 GA / $3 Students / Kids 12 and under are free

This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced finds, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more. Treasures come in all price ranges and most vendors accept the free $5 shopping vouchers given with admission.

Fun Facts:

Complimentary Furniture Delivery* within downtown Chicago
New early shopping Saturday/Sundays
Vinyl Swap Meet- Thousands of collectable records from LPs to 45’s
Fancy Food Market- Chocolates, spices, breads and oils to take home or enjoy at the market
Global Goods Bazaar- Crafts & goods representing Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods
Onsite repair/appraisal services:
Appraisal Service
Onsite Furniture Delivery Service
Gold Buying Service
Crystal & Porcelain Repair Service
Furniture Restoration Service
Art Restoration Service
Lamp & Lighting Repair Service

(credit: randolphstreetmarket.com)

Modern Vintage Chicago

Plumbers Hall (Indoors Only)
1340 W. Washington
Chicago, IL

Dates: October 20-21
Time: Sat- 10:00AM- 6:00PM / Sun- 10:00AM-5:00PM
Admission: $8 GA / $3 Students / Kids 12 and under are free

Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, Modern Vintage Chicago is designed to fuse the worlds of forward contemporary design and classic vintage fashion for shoppers that appreciate both worlds.

Vintage dealers from NYC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Texas, along with local dealers such as J. Brett Benson and Silver Moon, will feature men’s and women’s clothing, estate and costume jewelry, handbags, shoes, hats, belts, scarves, vanities, textiles, vintage fashion magazines, patterns, and notions from the Mid-Century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Victorian, and ‘60s & ‘70s eras. Designer finds come from the legendary houses of Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci, Dior and many others.

Indie designers feature wearable adornments including apparel, jewelry & gemstones, and other fashionable accessories. Featured designers have included: Agga B, Double Stitch, Asia B. Jewelry, Lisa Strecker, Axis of Evelyn, LUCIUS Fine Jewelry, Axis of Evelyn, Bobbi Kahn Design, Ladysmith Jewelry Studio, Paoo Jewelry and Happy Katt.

This market moves indoors for the remainder of the year. Check their website for more upcoming dates this winter!

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.