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What to Expect at the Randolph Street Market

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington Boulevard) is Chicago’s destination for vintage and antique shopping. The outdoor and indoor festival is located in the Fulton Market area. Randolph Street Market is modeled after European-style shopping markets. In addition to great shopping, you’ll find local food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. There’s good reason why Randolph Street Market was voted one of the top 10 vintage markets in the U.S. by USA Today.

Handmade Market Chicago

Getting crafty was never as much fun as the popular Ukrainian Village monthly event, Handmade Market. This crafters dream unfolds inside of the Empty Bottle bar on Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 pm. Cocktails will be served during the market so that shoppers can browse and sip through this free event.

Celebrate the Holidays at American Girl Place Chicago

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

American Girl Place Chicago

Walk down North Michigan Avenue at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls, marching toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but also adorable, interactive displays, a bookstore, a cafe, a bakery and even a doll beauty salon.

Holiday Shopping Events Dec. 4 – 7

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:00 AM by Courtney Jacquin

One of a Kind

So what if you missed Black Friday? In Chicago, we know some of the best holiday shopping opportunities don't come by standing in a line at midnight.

This weekend all around the city, shoppers have multiple opportunities to check off everyone on their list with unique items from local retailers and festivals. Plan your days accordingly.

A Tour of Pilsen's Shops and Boutiques

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida

Modern Co-op

Although there's plenty of Chicago memorabilia in most major downtown retail establishments, it's always a fun idea to go on a search for something a little more authentic, unusual or one-of-a-kind. This is especially true if you're in search of that special gift or simply something new to add to your home.

Take a day trip south to Pilsen and check out some of the neighborhood's shops and boutiques, most curated by local artists. It's a great way to support local businesses while indulging in the culture of the vibrant neighborhood.

Andersonville

Distinctive to Andersonville is a lack of national chains. In fact, the neighborhood's commercial district is made up almost entirely of independent, locally-owned businesses. Between its specialty bakeries, dynamic bar scene and incredible array of stylish boutiques, Andersonville is a thriving example of colorful urban living. The neighborhood is also home to some of Chicago's best antique shopping. So if you're looking for a vintage accent to replace the Matt Forte Fathead in your apartment, Make a visit to this North Side neighborhood.

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