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RANDOLPH STREET MARKET: AMERICA'S LARGEST AND LIVLIEST URBAN ANTIQUES MARKET KICKS OFF ITS 9TH SEASON MAY 26+27   05/02/2012
Randolph Street Market ~ Chicago Antique Market ~ Indie Designer Market ~ Modern Vintage Chicago ~ Fashion, Jewelry, Flea Market, Antique Shows
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Randolph Street Market ~ Chicago Antique Market ~ Indie Designer Market ~ Modern Vintage Chicago ~ Fashion, Jewelry, Flea Market, Antique Shows
Calling all hoarders, pickers and style connoisseurs to shop over 9 acres of fabulous finds!

After an incredibly successful “off” season indoors, the indoor AND outdoor Randolph Street Market returns to the West Loop for it’s 9th summer season this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. Promising over 250 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced items, this vintage “Market of Markets” will serve as the perfect backdrop for a memorable garden party complete with cocktails, interactive art and DIY demonstrations The Sewing Maniac and The Urban Canopy, beauty treatments, airbrush tattoos, seasonal fancy food, relaxation vignettes, live music, and more!

This European-style market essentially takes up an entire city block while maintaining the authenticity as one of the finest and most diverse antique markets in the world, drawing comparisons to Paris’ legendary Le marche au puces de Saint-Quen. The vibe is indescribable, with the variety and the ‘you never know what you can find’ excitement that attracts the most progressive and fun clientele.

A Garden Party theme centers around two outdoor oasis creations by Chicago’s TOP designers Stacey Cohen of HGTV Design Star fame and famed artist and designer Linc Thelen, where you can enjoy summer libations and relaxation treatments. The Market will also feature garden planters designed by renowned Chicago artists hand-picked by CS Magazine including Matthew Lew, Laura Cartwright, Michael Del Piero, Jessica Williams and Jaime Lynn Henderson that will be auctioned off for Chicago House, an organization that provides housing and supportive services to HIV-affected and HIV-at risk families and individuals, who may also be impacted by poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness. The Party never ends with seasonal herb and vegetable growing demos, happy hour from 3-6 pm, delicious food and ice cream treats, and much more.

Chicago-based Genuine Scooters, the largest small scooter manufacturer in the world, is donating a Buddy 50 to be decorated by Chicago Artist, Francine Turk, and auctioned off at the Market for charity. The Scooter will be on display all weekend long for shoppers to drool over and bid on. Check out Genuine Scooter’s “Love Bus” and take a test drive in one of their many scooters for sale!

Additionally, Worthpoint, the industry's leading resource for all things collectible, will have Worthologists (valuation experts) on site to provide complimentary item appraisals both days from 11 am to 2 pm. Stop by the WorthPoint Valuation Station and bring your most prized possession or favorite Randolph Street Market purchase to discover its true worth.

VandM (Vintage and Modern) is the go-to online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art and jewelry from around the world and will be sponsoring and curating the May event. VandM’s top experts will be attending the Market to check out and report on the best of the best. VandM most recently announced their partnership with SHOWTIME’s critically acclaimed series, The Borgias, which will include a nationwide design event featuring high-end retail window installations in ten cities using exclusive pieces from VandM.com through April 19.

Kicking off the May Market will be an opportunity for early buying, with the doors opening at 8am. The $25 per person gate proceeds from early buying will go to directly to Market favorite, The Chicago House. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency.

Chicago Care and Animal Control hosts a Dog Adoption Event onsite from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both Market days. The Randolph Street Market Festival invites attendees to bring four-legged friends to partake in outdoor bargain hunting free of charge as well. On extremely hot days, it is recommended that pets be left at home. For insurance purposes, no Pit Bulls or Dobermans are permitted on the premises.

This Garden Party is not to be missed! Expect 15,000 fashionistas, designophiles, antique and art collectors to flock to Chicago’s West Loop for value-priced “finds” and hours of shopping and entertainment.

GENERAL INFORMATION RANDOLPH STREET MARKET

WHAT: Randolph Street Market Garden Party Season Kick-off

WHEN:  
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm/Early Buy–8-10am
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

WHERE:
Indoors at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago
Outdoors from 1350 Block West Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street between Ada & Ogden.

PRICE:  
Discount General Admission Tickets purchased online: $8
Saturday Sunday General Admission at door: $10
Student tickets w/ ID: $3/online, $5 at door
Early Buy: $20/online, $25 at door
*Free furniture delivery in Chicago
Click Here to Purchase Discount Tickets


NEW IN 2012: Every paid admission gets a $5 or $10 shopping voucher good toward purchases.
  
PARKING: Valet, street parking, and complimentary Market parking in the Leslie Hindman parking lot (1338 W. Lake Street).

FOR INFO:  www.randolphstreetmarket.com, call (312) 666-1200 or info@imagepilots.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Tali Hylen - tali@ripplepublicrelations.com
Sophia Lapat - Sophia@sophiaandco.com
312/382-8441


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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 summer event features over 250 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!”
 
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