The Vintage Garage is all about Midcentury Modern in May!

We start our themes on Sunday, May 20.  There's no better way to kick them off than with Midcentury Modern! Reminder this is an added bonus.  You will always find ALL categories of vintage at the show!  Dealers just save their best midcentury for the May show.  Vintage clothing, vintage furniture, vintage jewelry, kitsch, nostalgia and plenty of memories. 

Make sure you get to the bottom for resources on collecting Midcentury modern.

Apply to sell vintage at Vintage Garage Chicago in 2017!

What is Midcentury Modern?

The Midcentury era is generally accepted as the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. A sleek modern design brought to us from 50's kitsch to a cleaner, more modern style.

Midcentury is simple and sleek. On the high end the designs can be timeless.  Pieces look like that were bought yesterday and fit right into today's aesthetic. 

Midcentury kitsch, while still from the Midcentury, is not modernist. There is a difference.  Midcentury is a time period and Midcentury Modern is a style. 

Midcentury modern isn't just furniture. It's lighting, art, clothing and home & office decor. You can create a lifestyle that revolves around Midcentury Modern.

MCM is hot in the vintage collecting world. The best names in Midcentury furniture and decor are designers like Herman Miller, Curtis Jere, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Knoll, are sought after by collectors today. So many other makers followed the leaders and consequently the choices in authentic MCM are plentiful. Not to mention, available in all price ranges and quality levels.  It has stood the test of time in quality and look. 

Midcentury Modern is hot at the Vintage Garage Chicago. 3rd Sunday in May, Uptown Chicago.

Midcentury Modern in Chicago

Chicago's Midcentury modern architecture is second to none.  Mies van der RoheEdward Humrich, the Keck and Keck Brothers and Edward Dart are a few of the names that were big on the scene. Finding their homes and buildings can be quite a treasure hunt and there are lots of them. 

See the architects' names above, and you'll be taken to a photo of one of their best Midcentury Modern creations in the Chicagoland area.  The Marina Towers, designed by Bertrand Goldberg, is a personal favorite.  I can't even imagine how incredibly cool it was when people first started moving in. Even the parking is cool. 

Midcentury Modern at Vintage Garage

We have a solid collection of Midcentury, as well as all eras, for sale each month at the Vintage Garage. However, the May 20th show will feature that extra Midcentury modern boost, with dealers pulling out all the stops and bringing their best to the market. Some will even dress in their best MCM outfits!

It's incredible how Midcentury items have stood the test of time. They're still current today, in 2018. Trends like drinking all day in the office, a la "Mad Men", is something hard to keep up with, but it's fun to try.

Vintage Garage Chicago flea market, located Uptown.


Midcentury Modern Wikipedia

10 great MCM Living Rooms from Elle Decor a midcentury website

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is

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