Antiques shopping in Chicago
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This mammoth, 80,000-sq-ft salvage warehouse, located a bit northwest of Lake View proper, is a treasure trove that prompts continual mutterings of ‘Where on earth did they find that ?’ Italian marionettes, 1920s French mannequins and Argentinean cast-iron mailboxes rest alongside decorative doors, tiles, stained-glass windows, fireplace mantels and garden furnishings. Be sure to step into the free attached Museum of Historic Chicago Architecture (a work in progress).
This market has become quite the ta-do in town. It takes place inside the beaux arts Plumbers Hall, where more than 200 dealers hock collectibles, costume jewelry, furniture, books, Turkish rugs and pinball machines. One of the coolest facets is the Indie Designer Fashion Market, where the city’s fledgling designers sell their one-of-a-kind skirts, shawls, handbags and other pieces. Hard-core antique hounds can pay $20 and get first crack at the goods from 7:30am to 9am on Saturday.