Uptown Becoming a Destination for Vintage in Chicago

CHICAGO–More and more when people look for vintage in Chicago, their destination is Uptown. More than a dozen retail shops and the arrival of Vintage Garage Chicago (opening June 17) are creating the pull to make the neighborhood the place for vintage shopping in the city.

“This neighborhood has really come alive with vintage,” says promoter Melissa Sands of Vintage Garage Chicago, the second urban vintage flea to come to Uptown. “I don’t know of any other neighborhood in Chicago with this much vintage.”

Experts say the popularity of vintage goods are on the rise even as traditional antiques wane in popularity. This is largely due to demographics- older baby boomers are selling and downsizing while a large number of Millennials (those born in the 80s and 90s) are fueling a boom in things sustainable, wearable and unique. Uptown Chicago is poised to be in the center of it all.

“Uptown Chicago has a generally young demographic and the energy there is growing,” Sands says noting that the largest demographic groups in Uptown zip codes are in their 20s and 30s. “That’s a key reason vintage is so strong here.”

Sands also says it means the market for second-hand items today is more colorful, wearable and accessible. The fact that it’s also sustainable and supports local economies is important to this new breed of consumer.

Vintage Garage Chicago lists a number of local Uptown shops on its web site including Rad Vintage, Scout and The White Attic, along with several larger malls. The owners of these and other retail markets agree: Uptown is becoming a ground zero for vintage shopping in Chicago.

“The more the merrier,” says Paul Chaty the owner of Edgewater Antique Mall on Broadway. Jeff Nelson of Broadway Antique Market comments that in the past year there’s been a sea change of vintage outlets and shoppers. ¬†“We are really excited about it,” Nelson says.

A Chicago Vintage Map created by the online magazine Modern Vintage Times helps demonstrate the concentration. While the highest concentration is between W Foster and W Berwyn, shops are scattered throughout the area between W Winnemac and W Devon. A link to the map is provided at the Shop Locally page on VintageGarageChicago.com

About Vintage Garage Chicago:
Vintage Garage Chicago will be held June thru October on the third Sunday of each month. The hours will be 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the event will be held at 5051 Broadway, in Chicago between Argyle and Foster.

Vintage Promotions, LLC also operates the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, held twice yearly in Grapevine, Texas. Melissa Sands also promotes the North Shore Flea in Highwood, Illinois.  More information and a dealer application for Vintage Garage Chicago can be found at www.vintagegaragechicago.com