• Marcy Farrey

Chicago Indie Weekend Guide July 27 - July 29

Celebrate independent businesses and art every weekend with our Indie Weekend Guide!


Daydreaming about what you'll do this weekend? I know I am! And when possible, I try to find local events that support independent businesses. Since Crosby and I go to so many so often, I thought we'd share our insight! Here's some of what we want to check out this weekend that feature independent businesses (and/or support the local community).


34th Newberry Book Fair

July 26-29, 2018

Each summer, the Newberry Library hosts its annual used book sale, which they say features more than 130,000 books in 70 categories. All of the money raised from the Book Fair will support the Newberry and its public programs, exhibits, and research. We went last year on the last day, when everything drops down to half price. While the selection was pretty picked through, we did find our hidden gems and ultimately got some great deals! The picture to the left is from last year's sale. There are multiple rooms that are filled with books -- if you're a book lover, you'll easily spend a couple hours browsing the rooms.


Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 27-29, 2018

Wander the streets of Andersonville and pop into some cute independent stores, boutiques, and restaurants. One of our favorite bookstores, Women & Children First, will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday & Sunday as part of the summer sidewalk sale. The book sale will benefit The Women's Voices Fund, the non-profit arm of the bookstore that supports its programming and events. We also checked out this sale last year and there was a great selection for amazing prices. Those who spend $30 or more at the bookstore and/or other participating shops will receive a free drink ticket to use at one of the local participating restaurants. Check out the list of participating restaurants and businesses on the Facebook event page.


Randolph Street Market

July 28-29, 2018


The Randolph Street Market is held the last weekend of every month and features indie designers, as well as vintage and antique sellers. Here you'll find artwork, home decor, jewelry, and other accessories. The event is large, so you'll likely work up an appetite from all the shopping. Good thing there are plenty of delicious food options from various food vendors, plus a bar! In the warmer weather months, the Market features both an indoor and outdoor component. Visiting this market in the summer months is one of my favorite Chicago activities, but it's great in the winter too. This event is one you will need tickets for, and you can buy online or at the door.


We hope you get out, enjoy your weekend, and support some indie businesses in the process!


We want to make this feature a regular thing on indieland. So let us know of any upcoming events supporting independents -- send an email to ourindieland@gmail.com.

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