The best present a person can receive is love, but the second-best present is a box of puppies wrapped in money. Give a gift that is almost as good as a money-wrapped dog box with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a one-day admission to the Modern Vintage Chicago fashion event on October 22 and 23 or the Holiday Market on November 19 and 20 at Randolph Street Market (an $8 value online; a $10 value at the gate).
Randolph Street Market, which has received numerous press mentions from such outlets as the Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business, the Wall Street Journal, and the Daily Herald, brings together 80 handpicked vendors brandishing an array of vintage, antique, and modern goods. Modern Vintage Chicago melds contemporary and classic more seamlessly than a Dead Sea Scrolls e-book, with clothing, accessories, and jewelry from indie designers such as K-Fleye and Shernett Swaby and vintage finds from houses such as Dior, Pucci, and Hermes. Shoppers peruse wares reminiscent of art deco, art nouveau, and mid-century styles from dealers all over the United States, including Dr. Brett Benson and Silver Moon, both of Chicago.
The Holiday Market bursts with antiques and modern goods ready for gifting. Stuff stockings with custom-made decorations and estate-jewelry pieces, or take advantage of free wrapping services to thoroughly disguise a piece of artwork or a carefully rolled snowman. Both events include complimentary parking in the Plumber's Hall lot, free admission for children aged 11 and younger, and complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago; check the info page for applicable rules and regulations.
Randolph Street Market
Spotlighted by local and national press including TimeOut Chicago, the Wall Street Journal, and Michigan Avenue Magazine, Randolph Street Market's collection of merchants—more than 250 vendors in May–September and 125 vendors in October–April—shows off antique furnishings and vintage wearables from all over the world. Vintage dealers from across the country, including local favorites D. Brett Benson and Man in the Moon, stuff market stalls with men's and women's clothing, estate jewelry, and even vintage fashion magazines. Treasure hunters can investigate indoor booths to fill their closets with items from designers such as Hermes, Pucci, and Dior. In addition to apparel, Randolph Street Market also features hospitality areas brimming with gourmet chocolates, as well as cuisine and drinks from local eateries.