Your Vintage Weekend : Events & Markets in Chicago


Welcome to Your Vintage Weekend, a guide to what flea markets, classic film screenings and other events are happening this weekend in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. I’m vigilant about checking events listings and the local papers every week to see what would be of interest to a vintage lifestyle enthusiast and I hope to pass on this information to you, The Thriftaholic reader. Please send me tips via thriftaholic (at) for upcoming events.

Check back soon for a $50 giveaway from the Savers thrift store chain!

Cat’s Pajamas, a vintage clothing, jewelry and and textile show, kicks off tonight in Elgin. 75 vendors take over two floors of the Hemmens Cultural Center and they offer rare items like Civil War-era and Victorian clothing as well as more wearable pieces from the 1930s-the 1970s. At last years show I was particularly impressed by the quality of jewelry (including stacks and stacks of Bakelite), wide variety of cocktail hats and booths that were dedicatedly solely to men’s vintage clothing and accessories. Vendors come across the country to sell at this show and thus there’s a range of prices– along with the museum-quality garments there are also deals like 1950s dresses under $30 and brooches for as low as $5. Check out the article I wrote on last February’s show to get an idea of what you might see this year.

Cat’s Pajamas
Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120
Accessible via Metra
Friday, September 27th 5-10PM, $10 admission
Saturday, September 28th, 10AM-5PM, $6 admission


If you’re looking to stay in the city, check out the monthly Randolph Street Market, in the near West Loop. September is their last outdoor/indoor market so it will be the last weekend for open air vintage shopping. Since it’s a 2-day show, the 200 vendors go all out to merchandise their booths. There’s always plenty of Mid Century Modern and industrial decor and furniture, heaps of vintage and antique jewelry and clothing from the 1920s-1980s. Keep an eye out for a bright orange camper when you’re there, that’s Lost Girls Vintage, a mobile shop based in Chicago. I’ve posted several times about Randolph Street Market in the past here on Thriftaholic, check out last month’s article to see what you might find this weekend.
Randolph Street Market
1340 W Washington St., Chicago, IL 60607
Accessible via the Ashland bus or pink line El
Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th 10AM-5PM
Playing off the idea of artist studios housed in raw, industrial spaces, Beehive Chicago brings together nine vintage vendors under one roof. Founded by Robyn Witt and Joe Moore of Take 2 Vintage, the collective venture is housed in a 3,000 square foot warehouse space that features curated “booths” of shoppable wares including fully functioning console record players, autumn necessities like leather boots and wool coats and original, framed pieces of art. Saturday’s event is the housewarming for the new permanent home of 9 Chicago-based vintage companies: Take 2 Vintage, Yetti Treasures, Leah Onomatopoeia, Lost Girls Vintage, Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage, Poly Golightly Vintage, Marthette Vintage Rental, SHARK GRAVY and Cat’s Pyjamas Vintage + Ephemera.
Check out the Krrb blog for a preview of the space, all photos in the article courtesy of yours truly.
Beehive Chicago
2958 W. Carroll St., Suite 3S, Chicago, IL 60612
Transportation sponsored by Uber
Saturday, September 28th 7PM-11PM
The Forage Flea debuts this Saturday in conjunction with A Day in Avondale, the annual neighborhood art walk. The pop-up marketplace will take place indoors in what they’ve described as a “dormant urban space” and will feature vintage vendors along with local artists and crafters.
Forage Flea
2957 N Milwaukee (the former Kay Shoe’s storefront), Chicago, IL 60618
Accessible via the Milwaukee Ave bus
Saturday, September 28th 1PM-6PM

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  1. Fantastic post, I wish I would have checked out the vintage when I was in Chicago years back. All I did was touristy things and didn't hit up any vintage. It looks like Chicago is a great vintage city! I will keep my eyes posted for the savers contest/giveaway:)

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