I must say – I had nice little Saturday for myself this past weekend :) I hit up two separate street markets and a show!
The Division Street market that pops up on my street corner every Saturday is still going on; and although I now have to layer up a little more to go down there and the berries & fresh flowers have been replaced with more appropriate harvest time treats, I look forward to my market…at least for a few more weeks!
It’s no wonder why people from all over Chicago flock to the green city street markets – to stock up on organic meats, fresh produce, artisan breads & cheeses, flowers and many other goodies they can’t grow themselves. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of floral arrangements, lemon poppy seed bread, and beeswax soap; but something I haven’t had to buy from the market this fall is pumpkins & gourds. Every year my mom sends me a package full of mini orange & albino pumpkins and gourds with goofy growths on them – I love my home grown harvest décor fresh from my mom’s garden!
After that I headed to Modern Vintage Chicago – an extension of the Randolph Street Market that takes place during the summer months.
The Modern Vintage Market is a smaller than the summer one and focused solely on clothing & accessories; but don’t be deceived…there was still a ton of stuff to look through! Once again, Plumbers Hall was packed with vintage vendors and indie designers sharing their unique finds & new designs to ambitious shoppers looking for something out of the ordinary. Here are some snapshots to give you an idea of all the goods that were on hand…..
And I walked away with…
I was strongly considering buying this coral beaded necklace, but ended up passing on it. I couldn’t justify the $145.00 it had attached to it – the necklace was very delicate, and I don’t do well with delicate things. But I did love the bird beads – they were bright & beautifully hand-carved (which you an tell because each of the birds is a little different).
And after my afternoon of shopping, I still had a show to see! I went to see The XX perform at the Congress Theatre. I hadn’t heard of the band before so I went into the show having no idea what to expect….and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the English indie pop group. Their distinctive voices, whistling acoustics and lyrics of love reverberated throughout the theatre. We had a perfect spot on the balcony to see the show and be mesmerized by the music. Here’s a clip of the concert and a YouTube video of the song Angels. Some of their other popular songs are Crystalized, Shelter, and Heart Skipped a Beat. Check them out!
It was a very busy day…but a very fun one!!! Rarely do I get Saturdays off to do what I please, but after a successful trip to the market and discovering this new music group – I may have to reconsider my work schedule! Then again, the Randolph Street Market’s Holiday Market is coming up Nov. 17th-18th…so I better some earn some extra spending money :)
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