The most recent issue of the Chicago Reader features an excellent guide to Illinois flea markets, compiled by expert scavenger Ron Slattery. Click below for a few picks from his not-to-be-missed list of markets and fairs across the state:
Bloomington Third Sunday Market
Located in Bloomington-Normal, this antique furniture and housewares market focuses on Americana, with 450 vendors. Third Sunday of every month from May to October, $5 admission.
Chicago Antique Market/Randolph Street Markets
One of our favorites, this flea market has been featured on Apartment Therapy many times. Lots of mid-century and vintage modern furniture. Last Saturday and Sunday of every month from May to October, $10 admission.
Grayslake Antique Market
Traditional antiques and collectibles in Chicago's far suburbs. Second Sundays year-round, $5 admission.
Kane County Flea Market
This one is also an AT favorite, filled with vintage furniture and collectibles. Located in St. Charles, it takes place on the first Saturday-Sunday of the month from July through December, $5 admission.
Sandwich Antique Market
In the far western suburb of Sandwich, Illinois, this market is filled with high-end 19th and 20th century antiques. One Sunday per month (check link for dates) from April through October, $5 admission.
Wheaton Antique Market
Wheaton's all-night flea market takes place once a year. This year, it's scheduled for August 23rd from 5 pm to 4 am. They also host antique fairs on the 3rd Sunday of most months (click the link for schedules), $5 admission.
Wolff's Flea Market
According to Ron Slattery, this is the best of the best. It's a true flea market (with everything from socks to furniture), rather than a curated antique fair. Located in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena, it takes place most Saturdays and Sundays from May through October, $1 admission.
See the full list of flea markets here and read the accompanying article here. You can also check out expert scavenger Ron Slattery's renowned collection of found photographs online at bighappyfunhouse.com.
Photos: Chicago Antique Market via AT:Chicago