Which means it is almost April.
Which means spring, summer, and warmer, sunny weather are just around the corner.
What better way to get pumped about the season than by planning out which vintage/antique/flea markets you are going to head to?
I have been to a handful of markets around the area, and I plan on checking the rest off my list this year.
Randolph Street Market
Schedule: May 27-28, June 24-25, July 29-30, August 26-27, September 23-24 (there are markets all year round, but these are the outside ones!)
Admission: $8 (discounted tickets and packages are available)
Have I been there? Yes, and it is awesome. Highly suggested. Just pretend you are on Flea Market Flip.
Randolph Street Market, photo: Eric Clarke
Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market
Schedule: April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15
Have I been there? Yes, the market I went to had some cool stuff, but I did not buy anything. Also, it is held in a parking garage, so be aware that it is much cooler in there than the temperature outside. It was hard to hunt for treasures when my toes were freezing in my sandals.
Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market, photo: Courtney Laper of Courtney Michelle Photography
Wolff’s Flea Market
Schedule: Sundays April through October
Have I been there? Not yet. I will be making some plans to head over there on an upcoming Sunday.
Kane County Flea Market
Schedule: March 4-5, April 1-2, May 6-7, June 3-4, July 1-2, August 5-6, September 2-3
Have I been there? Not yet, but I have heard great things!
Grayslake Flea Market
Schedule: April 8-9, May 13-14, June 10-11, July 8-9, August 12-13, September 9-10
Have I been there? Not yet, but I will be marking my calendar for one of those weekends.
Elkhorn Antique Flea Market
Schedule: May 21, June 25, August 13, September 24
Have I been there? Yes, and it is exhausting. Held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, a map is absolutely necessary to remember where you have been and where you still need to go. Make sure you wear comfy shoes because you need them to keep looking for treasures.
Have you been to any of these markets? Do you have any other suggestions? Please let me know!
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