Midwest Living Review
You can have it all -- head-to-toe and wall-to-wall -- shopping the Randolph Street Market in Chicago's hip West Loop hood. This is a sophisticated shopping venue and rockin' block party rolled into one. Vendors from 20 states sell Victorian to 21st-century fashion, fine china, furniture, antiques and home decor in the restored Beaux Arts plumbers' union hall. Check out the edgy threads, handbags and baubles (bracelet made of polished silver nuts, $25) created by rising-star Chicago designers at the vibrant Indie Market. Satellite minimarkets specialize in vinyl records, gourmet foodstuffs and cool ethnic crafts. In nice weather, vendor booths line Randolph Street. Filling your closet with Coco Chanel (petal pink pumps, $80), Christian Dior, Lester Lampert, Pierre Cardin and Emilo Pucci (mohair coat, $750) is possible. Dealers hawk everything from vintage haute couture, Bakelite jewelry (men's cufflinks, $50), vintage Napier costume baubles (Cleopatra-style gold cuff, $15), artwork and repurposed industrial furniture (runway light turned into floor lamp, $1,600) to artisan breads and light beer ($6). There's a kids' crafts tent, gourmet food booths and live music. Appraisal, repairs and furniture delivery services plus valet parking and free shuttle offered. Admission: $10 for the weekend, kids under age 12 free, pets allowed.