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North Shore’s Best Flea Markets

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North Shore’s Chicago Best Flea Markets

It doesn’t matter how much money is burning a hole through your wallet – there is nothing like the rush of a BEST DEAL!

If you live to stroll, source and score, you know what we’re talking about. And, If you’re jonesing for that adrenaline high, – grab your BFF, take the kids, whatever – and head out on a day trip to one of these Northern Illinois’ better flea markets!

This is prime time for picking, but the season isn’t around for too much longer so put these dates and locations on the calendar asap.

Alsip Swap-O-Rama’

What we like: LOTS of stuff – this is one of the local grand poobahs of flea markets – just off I-294 in Alsip, you can find new merchandise, sportswear, collectibles, glassware, crafts, used goods and more. There are indoor and outdoor markets, so even if it rains, there’s shopping to do! And with more than 700 vendors every week, odds are you’ll find that missing Burger King Star Wars collectible Princess Leia glass that Junior broke last week.

4350 W. 129th Street (just off I-294 S, Route 50), Alsip
708.344.7300
Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $1
Distance: About 40 miles from North Shore Chicago suburbs

Buyer’s Flea Market

What we like: It’s close – just a quick trip downtown. There’s great parking, about 300 vendors on average, and it’s got a reputation for being the place to go for hip, trendy items on the cheap.

4545 W. Division, Chicago
773.227.1889
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $1
Distance: About 15 - 20 miles from North Shore Chicago suburbs

Grayslake Indoor/Outdoor Market

What we like: It’s one of the few flea markets relatively close to home! The flea market is held on the second Sunday of the month, through December, at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Operated by a company that manages multiple flea markets throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, there are a wide variety of dealers offering up everything from art to antiques, jewelry to furniture, and collectibles of all kinds.

Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake (4 miles west of I-94 Tollway, at Route 120 and Route 45)
Second Sundays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: $5 ($25 for early buyers at 6 a.m.)
Distance: Between 20 and 30 miles, depending on your starting point

Kane County Flea Market

What we like: This is a day-tripper – out to the west side of the suburbs in St. Charles. The Kane County Flea Market has always received rave reviews from flea market addicts, and it’s open rain or shine, complete with free parking and food vendors.

Randall Rd., between Rts. 64 and 38, St. Charles
630.377.2252
Open August 2 and 3, September 6 and 7, October 4 and 5, November 1 and 2, December 6 and 7
Admission: $5
Distance: About 43 miles from mid-North Shore Chicago
Web: http://www.kanecountyfleamarket.com

Wolff’s Flea Market

What we like: Another flea market close to home – it’s near O’Hare Airport at the Allstate Arena parking lot in Rosemont. It’s an all-outdoor market, so there isn’t anywhere to shop in foul weather, but it’s pretty big, with more than 500 vendors on an average weekend.

6920 N. Mannheim (between Touhy and Higgins), Rosemont
847.524.9590
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: $1 Adults, 50 cents for ages 6 - 12, Kids under 6 are free
Distance: About 15 - 20 miles, depending on your starting point
Web: http://www.wolffs.com

Sandwich Antiques Market

What we like: Sandwich has long been a very popular trip for collectibles – just be careful NOT to call it a flea market. Sandwich focuses on antiques and collectibles from the 19th and 20th centuries, at least 20 years old and of some monetary value. Open a single Sunday every month, the show attracts serious buyers and sellers (more than 500 of them!) and is held rain or shine.

Sandwich Fairgrounds
1401 Suydam Rd., north of Route 34, Sandwich
847.227.4464
Sundays, July 27, August 17, September 28 and October 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 (Kids 12 and under are free)
Distance: About 70 miles from North Shore Chicago
Web: http://www.antiquemarkets.com/GeneralInfo.html