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This weekend, don’t miss the Randolph Street Market Festival! Featuring food, drinks, live entertainment and most of all, over 200 top quality vendors of vintage fashion, art and antiques, the next few days will be fun for everyone in the family:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – 10am to 5pm
& Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 10am to 4pm
1340 W. Washington ~ Chicago, IL
Outdoors and Indoors (Historic & Air Conditioned Plumbers Hall)
$8/general advance ($10@gate) – $3/student advance ($5@gate) , kids under 12 FREE

Click to purchase advance discount tickets.

Also, this weekend winners from the Randolph Market Photo contest will be announced – if you’re from Harrington and win something, let me know at info@harringtoncollege.com!

Graphic courtesy Randolph Street Market

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The “Vintage Vernacular” Street Style Photo Contest calls on all amateur and aspiring photographers to come out to the Randolph Street Market July 30th or 31st (this weekend!)

Voting will open August 1, so be sure to post your photos early and promote them online! Winners will be selected from the finalists by the Randolph Street Market judge panel and will be notified in advance. Click here to read the contest guidelines.

To qualify for free entry to the July Market, participants should email hamsini@imagepilots.com and…

  • Have at least 100 Facebook friends
  • Follow Randolph Street Market on Twitter
  • Like the Randolph Street Market Facebook page and share a link to their website on YOUR Facebook wall
  • Tweet the message “Check out @randolphmarket’s #VINTAGEVERNACULAR #streetstyle photo contest and awesome summer events! goo.gl/88Ers

Submit up to 1 photo per category: Vintage Group Grope, Crazy Couples , Puppy Vintage Love, Pin Up Beauties, Rough It Up, Summer Sensational, Man Candy, Blooper Reel

For questions and entry information, email hamsini@imagepilots.com.

Also, send them my way at info@harringtoncollege.com – would love to feature them in a blog post 🙂

Graphic courtesy Randolph Street Market

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Endowed with a rich cultural history, the Near West Side is located west of the Chicago River and adjacent to the downtown Loop, just a few blocks northwest of the Harrington College of Design. “Once a bubbling cauldron of European immigrants, its business districts:–(Greek Town, Maxwell Street and Little Italy)–remain as vestiges of the mass migration from southern Europe during the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century,” Wiki states.
In the 1940’s, the Fulton River District was a bustling commercial district with lumber, grain and wholesale produce shipped from its streets. The area is now home to the famous Haymarket Square, where labor riots broke out in 1886, The Boeing Company, Ogilvie Transportation Center, and the ever present smell of chocolate in the air from the Blommer Chocolate Company.

Over the past several years, the West Loop has undergone a dramatic transformation – evolving from the commercial distribution center that it was, into the vibrant antique, dining and photography/art studio filled area that it is today. Although remnants of its history still exist in the area from its busy shipping trucks to meat and fish markets, the bustling activity serves as a rich historic backdrop to the many events that take place in the area today including:

  • The Guerrilla Truck Show: an annual event where Guerrilla designers showcase their latest designs and concepts within rentable moving trucks in Fulton Market, and a favorite event that Harrington students take part in every year
  • The Fulton Market’s Annual Art Extravaganza: features Chicago Art work and live performances
  • The Randolph Street Market: an indoor and outdoor European-style urban antique market 
  • The Taste of Randolph: featuring music and high-class culinary delights by West Loop restaurants offering dishes and demonstrations
  • Year round art galleries, photography galleries, casual and fine dining
All in all, Chicago’s Near West side is definitely an area worth checking out year round – from its summer festivals to its trendy and ever growing population of great dining locations, it’s always a great source of inspiration to explore near Harrington!

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