Some of the best people watching (oh, and antiques browsing) in town happens at the monthly Randolph Street Market Festival, which is an extravaganza of all things old and interesting.
The indoor/outdoor urban market will get its grand kickoff for 2009 this Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at the Plumbers Hall Building (1340 W. Washington Blvd.) and throughout the 1350 block of West Randolph Street (between Ada Street and Ogden Avenue). The selection, which ranges from art, decorative objects and home decor to vintage fashions and jewelry from more than 200 antiques vendors, can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but get into a browsing state of mind and enjoy the eclectic vibe that reigns supreme here.
The Randolph Street Market Festival, now in its sixth season, incorporates several "mini markets," including the Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market, along with a Global Goods Bazaar, a Fancy Foods Market and a Vinyl Swap Meet. There will also be live musical entertainment, food and drinks to add to the treasure-hunting adventures.
The Randolph Street Market Festival takes place Saturday from 10AM-5PM and Sunday from 10AM-4PM. The market will run the last weekend of every month through September. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under enter free. Season passes are available, as well. Plus, you can enter for free during the final two hours of each market -- bonus!