Revisiting 1984 at Vintage Garage Chicago 9.21

Vintage Garage

Vintage Garage

Um. Best. Year. Ever. BTW!

Looking back on the last century, there are several standout years, one of which is 1984. It may seem like a long time ago, but the folks at Vintage Garage Chicago aim bring it back September 21. It’s the theme for the next Vintage Garage Chicago in Uptown.

“It was a treasure culturally, with movies, music and products,” says Melissa Sands of Vintage Promotions, LLC, producer of the show. “The Van Halen album of that name was the soundtrack of a generation, and where would we be today without Ghostbusters?”

A leap year, 1984 saw the Winter and Summer Olympics, the 1984 World’s Fair, and a Band Aid recording of the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Chrysler introduced the Minivan, Apple released the Macintosh personal computer and the world was introduced to Birkins, Discman, the Tandy 1000 and the Atari 7800. And who can forget Slice?

Along with all their great vintage from all eras, our vendors will be showcasing their 80’s merchandise. Professional DJs Sasha and Ross will be spinning 80s tunes.

“We all realize by now big brother is really watching,” Sands says. “And he wants you to be there.”

Vintage Garage Chicago takes place at 5051 N Broadway September 21 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s at the Argyle stop on the Red Line.


Vintage Garage 5.18

Vintage Garage

Vintage Garage

5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60040
Admission: $5.00

The Vintage Garage invites all to come celebrate the wonders of Mid Century Modern by attending the popular Vintage Garage May 18th from 10 to 5. Vendors have been saving their best Mid Century for the show and for those who aren’t into MCM there will be a great mix of vintage in all categories ready to go!


This vintage, antiques and collectibles extravaganza takes place at the Vintage Garage, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago on the 3rd Sunday of each month through October. Vintage lovers will also enjoy the area’s great “Little Asia” area for great restaurants as well as Andersonville for more vintage shopping. Easy access from the Red Line at Argyle.

The summer dates include May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st and October 19th. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. More information can be found at or by calling 847-607-1087.

Design Harvest Fest, 9.28-9.29

Chicago, IL (September 17, 2013) – The best local makers and collectors of design objects are coming together for an aesthetic feast, Saturday, September 28th through Sunday, September 29th.  The creative celebration of home and garden design, known as the Design Harvest festival (, features the contemporary and sustainable innovations that thrive in West Town’s “Design District” ( alongside live music programmed by The Hideout, harvest-time family activities, and some of the top local restaurant vendors.


Unlike ordinary street festivals, Design Harvest on Grand Avenue is both a cultural and a commercial event.  “We create a community of talent that inspires everyone involved,” says Angela Finney, designer and vendor coordinator for the fest.  Design Harvest is a melding of nuances from the world-famous Paris Flea Market and London Design Festival.  Attendance each year has grown significantly, with some media outlets calling it one of the “can’t miss” fests of the year.


The Design Vendors:

Produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Design Harvest covers the wide spectrum of design disciplines found throughout Chicago; as well as spotlights the design businesses on Grand Avenue in West Town (a.k.a., Design District).  The one-of-a-kind, family-friendly street fest includes some of the best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and leading local retailers in the home design industry.  The two-day program consists of tented vignettes, or “little stores,” each boasting unique themes and products for sale, and juried exhibitions.


Design Harvest 2013 vendors include Chicago notables like Beau Hale, Kylie Egge, Eric Erf Wood Design, Dock 6, and Room Service, as well as Grand Avenue Design District businesses such as:



2246 W. Grand


Bill Bruss Design

1847 W. Grand


BLDG. 51. Gallery & Museum


Buckingham I+D

1820 W. Grand


Christy Webber

Farm & Garden Center

2200 W. Grand


Design Inc.

1847 W. Grand



2145 W. Grand


The Find

1819 W. Grand


Nicholas Design

Collaborative, Ltd.
509 N. Wolcott


Mia Rao Design
509 N. Wolcott


The Painted  Lady

1819 W. Grand


State Street Salvage

2248 W. Grand


Urban Remains

1850 W. Grand


The Live Music:

Helping set the tone again is the live musical entertainment area, programmed by Chicago’s legendary live music venue, The Hideout.  The lineup is oriented towards blue grass and country.  The highlight of the weekend is Square Dancing, a Design Harvest tradition, on Saturday afternoon!


Saturday, Sept. 28th:

1 to 2:30- Majors

2:50 to 4:20- Golden Horse Ranch -a square dance in the street – caller and all!

4:40 to 6:10- Jane Baxter Miller-

6:30 to 8:00- Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble

8:00 to midnight – After Party @ EuroFurniture, with East of Edens Soul Express DJs-


Sunday, Sept. 29th:

1 to 2:30- Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band-

2:50 to 4:20- The Lawrence Peters

4:40 to 6:10- Gin Palace Jesters-

6:30 to 8:00- Grit and the Double Knit-


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The Food Vendors and Kids Activities:

Between design vendor tents, fest-goers can grab a seat on a hay bale and enjoy fantastic local food and drink vendors.


For kids and families, there will again be a ton of fun-filled activities from 11 am to 4 pm both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, courtesy of Christy Webber Landscapes and the Farm & Garden Center.  Activities include:

  • ‘Free’ tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
  •  Petting zoo
  •  Mini hay maze for young kids
  •  Face painting
  • Build your own scarecrow! We will supply the straw, rope, sticks and advice – but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to make your scarecrow out of.
  • Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
  • Fall refreshments – apple cider and homemade baked goods.
  • Make a homemade bird feeder, and talk to experts on supporting and attracting birds.
  • Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras!
  • Visit the free range chickens and check out the huge and unusual selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more! Free local delivery for those without cars!

The “Fine Art Annex” and After Party:

After Party @ EuroFurniture 2145 W. Grand

8:00 to midnight- East of Edens Soul Express DJs –


Sponsored by Chicago Magazine, Eurofurniture will be the place to be Saturday evening for a night of fun, music, dancing and drinks –  and an opening reception for the all-new “Fine Art Annex” area of Design Harvest. Fine Artists Rob Benton and Keith Pastrick among others will be featured.  &


The Fine Print:

Design Harvest takes place Sept 28-29 from 11 am to 8 pm on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood.  Cost of admission is FREE (with a $5 donation request).  This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents).  For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at, or call (312) 850-9390. More info on the Design District at


Sponsors include: West Town Chamber of Commerce, Third Shift, Coors Light, Crispin Cider, Naked Grape, Chicago Home & Garden, XRT, Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, Hideout, and Albany Steel & Brass.

North Shore Flea, Vintage Picnic 7.14

Where: 428 Green Bay Rd at the Highwood Rec CenterVintage Picnic

When: July 14th from 9am-5pm

Need a little day trip? Head up Sheridan Road to the next all new North Shore Flea is July 14th with Vintage Picnic as the theme! Vendors will be bringing their best outdoor vintage, plaid blanks, vintage coolers, picnic sets and so much more! 9am to 5pm, rain or shine and admission is absolutely free! Food and margaritas by La Casa De Isaac. 428 Green Bay Rd at the Highwood Rec Center. Come and support our great local vendors!

There’s lots of free parking – or take the Metra- it’s less than a block from the Highwood Station.

More information @


Modern Vintage Chicago’s Fall Jewelry and Fashion Explosion


Modern Vintage Chicago: Fall Jewelry & Fashion Explosion!


Saturday, October 20 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 21 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago


Discount General Admission Tickets purchased online: $8

Saturday Sunday General Admission at door: $10

Student tickets w/ ID: $3/online, $5 at door


Complimentary Parking Lot On-site

In it’s fourth year, Modern Vintage Chicago’s Fall Jewelry and Fashion Explosion comes just in time as vintage veterans and those new on the scene begin planning and supplementing their Fall and Winter wardrobes. This bi-annual event comes just in time to add vintage flair to everyday wardrobes that will turn heads and offers the best selection of jewelry, clothing, and accessories vendors from across the Midwest as well as Atlanta, NYC, Texas, Minneapolis and Philadelphia for men and women. With selections ranging from the Mid-Century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Victorian, and 60’s and 70’s eras, Modern Vintage Chicago is recognized as one of the top three vintage shows in the country. And, every paid admission gets a $5 or $10 shopping voucher good toward purchases. It’s the perfect way to spend a fall weekend!

Presented by the producers of the Randolph Street Market, Modern Vintage Chicago returns on October 20-21 to the West Loop’s Plumbers Hall1340 W. Washington. Explore two floors and hundreds of vendors for amazing, beautifully preserved jewelry, accessories and fashions at all price points. Spoil yourself with stunning estate jewelry and fine gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, oh my! Or the best in costume jewelry from Elsa Schiapparelli, Paloma Picasso, Miriam Haskell and more. Fashion styling and designer accessories range from Hermes, Fendi, Gucci & Chanel to fun, lifestyle brands like London Fog, Dooney & Burke & Lacoste. Don’t forget coats, coats, coats! just in time for the season including every type of mink coat, stole, hat and trimming plus cashmere, wool, and lined gaberedine from Burberry, Pierre Cardin, Halston, Oscar de la Renta and more. Men can shop and find the most distinct cuff links, top hats, bow ties and fashions to make their wardrobes enviable. And, local vintage darlings Redgi Woods, Brett Benson, Go Fish Vintage, David B, Jenstyle, Lulu’s and Mr. Modern and more represent Chicago!

Modern Vintage Chicago is the must-attend shopping event of the season and attracts fashionistas from around the country looking for one of a kind, designer finds at can’t be beat prices.  “We refer to Plumbers Hall as The Picker’s Palace,” says Sally Schwartz, Founder. “The prices are Midwest low because the merchandise is so fresh and hasn’t been bought and sold yet. There truly is something for everyone and you will spend hours scouring the merchandise while sipping cocktails, dancing to our on-site musicians and sampling independent food vendors.”

The variety and the ‘you never know what you can find’ approach is what make this experience more than just about the shopping. It’s a creative outlet that inspires.


When the fashion pack looks for standout pieces to make their wardrobe pop, they head to Modern Vintage Chicago. Considered by insiders as a “fashionista paradise” and the “Barney’s of Vintage”, the show attracts the best vintage dealers from across the country nestled next to top Chicago design talent. Grab a girlfriend and shop this bi-annual, two-day event that provides the Mid-west’s best selection of costume & fine jewelry, apparel, bags, shoes, and fur at every price point.

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The Randolph Street Market Festival group of events are internationally recognized European-style indoor and outdoor markets in Chicago’s West Loop district. Each event features over 200 select purveyors of high quality, value-priced “finds,” offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of shopping and entertainment. Voted as Time Out Chicago’s “Best Recurring Market” in 2011, and featured on Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine and more, the Randolph Street Market Festival is considered “a mecca of cool”, “the best hot spot for antiquing”, “the best Chicago venue for people watching”, and “the Barney’s of Vintage”. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market…the quality is incredible!” For more information, and 2012 show dates,