Over the weekend, Austin and I decided to check out the Randolph Street Market Festival in Downtown Chicago and find out what all the buzz was about. The Randolph Street Market website describes it as…
The Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market. As seen in Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine and featured on TV news shows and web casts, 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!” As one of Chicago’s most happening monthly parties, Randolph Street Market has become the summer destination!
I love a good flea market and antique stores are counted among my favorite things, so we turned our weekend trek out into a Sunday afternoon adventure.
We enjoyed exploring and wandering through the Historic Plumber’s Union Hall where all the vendors had set up shop. There was a lot to take in and everything was colorful, lively, and energetic.
The empanadas were the highlight of our day. Holy moly. They were amazing.
And also samples of freshly made cider donuts. Yes please.
We browsed for a few hours and, although we enjoyed our time, it didn’t live up to the hype. Maybe because it’s during the off-season? I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it’s far more impressive during the summer months. After growing up in Southern California where there are the absolutely best flea markets, this one was disappointing. There were a few interesting stalls, but we were expecting something far bigger – especially with the ticket fees we had to pay to get in.
Nevertheless, it was a nice date and a new adventure and we got empanadas out of it so… there we go.
Do you enjoy flea markets?
Have you ever been to the Randolph Street Market Festival in Chicago?