A monthly market set up in a Chicago parking garage delivers all things retro.

By Jamie Bartosch
April 13, 2017
Vintage Garage Chicago

Deep down, who hasn't wondered if they could carry off a proper pillbox hat or one of JFK's tailored suits?

Melissa Sands understands. It's why she founded Vintage Garage Chicago, a happy collision of vendors and lovers of all things retro. Open one Sunday morning (usually the third) per month, April through October, the market takes over two levels of an enclosed parking garage at 5051 N. Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. Five bucks gets you in the door.

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Melissa launched the sale when she moved to Chicago from Detroit in 2011, signing on dealers of midcentury modern clothing and furniture as well as items from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

On a typical Sunday morning, the wares might include midcentury furniture, board games, Pyrex kitchenware, jewelry and clothes. At a recent sale, one vendor offered hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses dating back to 1900 and offered to modify them into sunglasses on the spot; another showcased classic postcards, boxes from the legendary Marshall Field's department store and a Mackinac Island collectible plate.

The concrete setting is all business, but the buzz is upbeat. "The customers are using the stuff they buy," Melissa says. "They're wearing it. It's part of their lifestyle" (vintagegaragechicago.com).

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