Summer months not only bring much needed warm weather to Chicago, it’s also when the first outdoor Randolph Street Market of the year occurs. Celebrating its 14th year, the beloved fair occurs the last weekend of every month at Plumbers Union Hall in the West Loop.  Each day of the market features live bands, a DJ, kids’ activities and eating and drinking - not to mention the plethora of unique vintage shopping.  

It’s definitely worth a trip if you’re visiting us at The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile the last weekend of any summer month. Check out all you need to know to be a Randolph Street pro below. 

1) It was founded by Sally Schwartz in 2003. A former event planner, Schwartz founded the market as a one day, six times a year festival and quickly watched it transform into one of the nation’s largest indoor-outdoor antique markets. 

2) The festival is actually made up of four markets. The Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Fancy Foods Market and the Global Goods Market make up the core of the festival and combined they include over 300+ vendors.  You can find vintage fashion and accessories, art, furniture and décor, food, drinks and more at each one. 

3) Buy in advance to save. The entry fee to the festival is a nominal $10 but if you buy tickets online ahead of time, you can get a lower price.  When buying early, general admission is $8 and students are $3.  

4) Randolph Street Market is both family and pet-friendly. With the number of vendors, food, drinks and entertainment, there’s something for everyone at the market, which includes kids and pets.  (So your lil’ james and pets can definitely attend too.) Kids under 12 are free and pets are allowed in the outdoor portions of the market. 

5) Be prepared to negotiate.  Most (but not all) of the vendors are open to barter so don’t be afraid to negotiate to get the price you want.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the next Randolph Street Market, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com

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