February 6-November 21 (one weekend each month)
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door (good for both Saturday and Sunday admission); children 12 and under free; student admission is half price with ID
What to expect: This indoor/outdoor market boasts high-quality merchandise in the Randolph Street market district. Expect nothing but the best in furnishings, housewares, artifacts, vintage clothing, jewelry, sterling, porcelain, lighting, ephemera and kitschy toys. Areas include the Chicago Antique Market, the Vinyl Swap Meet (rare LPs), the Fancy Food Market, the Global Goods Bazaar (showcasing items from Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods) and the Indie Designer Market (featuring local independent designers whose fashions are inspired by vintage and hand-made clothing combined with imaginative and trendy interpretations).
Additional info: 2010 weekends are February 6-7 (Valentine Market, indoor only), March 20-21 (Mid-Winter Market, indoor only), April 17-18 (Spring Fashion and Jewels Explosion, indoor only), May 2 (Sunday Big Swap Bonanza, outdoor only), May 29-30 (Garden Party Opener; free entry for Bike The Drive participants), June 19-20 (Americana), July 24-25 (French Invasion), August 28-29 (Back To School), September 25-26 (Fall Home Decor Closer), October 23-24 (Fall Fashion & Jewels Explosion, indoor only) and November 20-21 (Holiday Market, indoor only). A free trolley will operate between the market and Water Tower Place, leaving the Water Tower at the top of each hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and departing the market at hour intervals between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Centerstage Reviewer: Ben Rubenstein