CHICAGO--More and more, when people look for vintage in Chicago, their destination is Uptown. More than a dozen retail shops, as well as the arrival of Vintage Garage Chicago (opening June 17), are making the neighborhood the place for Chicago vintage. "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 Chicago vintage. "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 on Vintage Garage's Shop Locally page.
The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 1, 3pm to 8pm, March 2, 2019. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com
The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 22, 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 www.vintagegaragechicago.com.