On the Road to… Illinois

Published On the Road To... Illinois

Welcome to “the Prairie State.” From its big cities to small towns, Illinois offers something for everyone – outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs, foodies, antique shoppers…
Get your kicks on Historic Route 66 by taking in the many kitschy, interesting things to do along the stretch that runs through the state, walk Chicago’s Magnificent Mile lined with amazing shops, museums, and restaurants, and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. You’ll also find plenty of things to do and places to visit along the way to indulge your love of antiquing, flea markets, and festivals. Here you’ll find a few shows and places to start your journey in the month of May.
UPCOMING ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOWS & FLEA MARKETS
St. Louis Antique Festival & Spring Show
April 23-24. Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm
Belle Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt, Belleville, IL
The Midwest’s Premiere Antique Show Festival Event. Fine antiques and collectibles abound. Jewelry, porcelain, Dresden, pottery, advertising, clocks, statuary, primitives, dolls, toys, paintings, art deco, lighting, furniture, coins and much more!
Kane County Flea Market at Kane County Fairgrounds
April 30-May 1, June 4-5, July 2-3, August 6-7, Sept. 3-4, Oct. 1-2, Nov. 5-6, Dec. 3-4. Sat. 12pm-5pm, Sun. 7am-4pm
630-377-2252 – www.kanecountyfleamarket.com
Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL
One of the longest running and best Antique and collectable Flea Markets in the world; hundreds of dealers inside, outside and under sheds.
Water Street Spring Flea Market
May 7. 9am-3pm
N. Water Street, Wilmington, Il
Featuring Antiques, Collectibles, Home Decor, Crafts, Repurposed items, Vintage items, and more.
Grayslake Antique Market
May 7 & 8. Sat. 9am-4pm, Sun. 9am-3pm
www.zurkopromotions.com
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL
Vintage Antique Market with an accent on “Garden Collectibles,” over 200 antique dealers will bring a wide variety country furniture, shabby-chic, primitives, industrial, collectibles, old toys, advertising, and lots of garden collectibles.
Sunday at Sandwich Antique Show
May 8, June 12. 8am-4pm
www.sundayatsandwichantiques.com
Sandwich Fair Grounds 1401 Suydam Road Sandwich, IL
Monthly Market of Quality Antiques, Collectibles, Re-Purposed & Garden
“Pec Thing” Antique & Flea Market
May 14 & 15. 8am-5pm
www.winnebagocountyfair.com
Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 500 West First Street, Pecatonica, IL
Over 500 dealers spread out over the fairgrounds selling everything from Antique Tools to Quilts, Sports Memorabilia, Stamps, Glassware, Jewelry, and More!
Third Sunday Spring Antique Market
May 15. 8am-4pm
www.thirdsundaymarket.com
Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market Street, Bloomington, IL
450 Antiques, Collectibles, Crafts & Garden Vendors. A Bloomington tradition since 1988.
2016 Vintage Garage
May 15. 10am-5pm
Uptown Chicago, 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL
Seventy-five to 100 vendors will sell vintage and antique goods. All categories are represented, vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, decor, mid-century modern and so much more. Most of the items you will find are at least 25 years.
Pheasant Run Vintage & Antique Markets
May 21 & 22. Sat. 9am-4pm, Sun. 9am-3pm
715-526-9769 – www.zurkopromotions.com
Pheasant Run Resort & Mega Center, 4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL
Vintage, Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Jewelry, Furniture, Decor, Mid-Century Modern, Collectibles, and More!
Grayslake Midnight Flea Market
May 28th. 3pm to Midnight
715-526-9769 – www.zurkopromotions.com
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL
1000s of treasures about as “Night & Fleas” shop with flashlights and lanterns in a unique setting. Also, part of this fun event will be a ìCruise-Niteî with a variety of vintage & collectible classic cars for your viewing pleasure!
Randolph Street Market Chicago Antique Market
May 28 & 29, June 25 & 26, July 30 & 31, August 27 & 28, Sept. 24 & 25. Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pm with 8am-10am (early buying May-Sept only)
312-666-1200 – www.randolphstreetmarket.com
1349 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL.
Shop indoors and out. Eight acres of shopping, eating, drinking, live music and entertainment 250 Vendors of Vintage, Antique, Indie Designer, Global Goods, Fancy Foods.
40th Annual Kane County Railroad Collectibles & Model Train Show
June 12
847-358-1185 – www.rrshows.com
Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL
One of two Annual Railroad Collectible Shows in Chicago with Model Trains and Operating Layouts. Railroad Collectibles include items used by railroads such as: lanterns, china, silverware, keys, locks, timetables, train parts, maps as well as books, photography and DVDs on railroad topics.

ANTIQUING AROUND GREATER ST. CHARLES
If you’re a flea market aficionado or seasoned collector, Greater St. Charles, Illinois will delight you with a variety of boutiques, flea markets and shows  hosted here each year! Take time to indulge in a visit to hundreds of dealers at the Kane County Flea Market, named one of the best flea markets in the world by JetSetter Magazine. Feast your eyes on classic cars at Baltria Vintage Auto Gallery, the finest in European model trains at Reynauld’s Euro-Imports, or vintage toys and memorabilia at Anderson Coins and Collectibles. Discover the many vintage treasures available in the ‚boutiques throughout Greater St. Charles including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, home decor, and‚ furniture.
While in Greater St. Charles, enjoy the ambiance of contemporary Asian cuisine or a great American hamburger. The restaurants feature signature items including Linguini Frutti Di Mare, Brick Oven Pizza, Seven Spice Ahi, Puerco Y Mole and ‚Singapore Shrimp to name just a few.
Seems like too much for one day? We agree. With 11 hotels in the area you can stay overnight or spend a weekend doing it all. Let the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Center help you plan your trip. Call 800-777-4373 or go to www.visitstcharles.com.
Amazing Grace Antiques
630-365-2006 – www.amazingraceantiques.co.nr
401 N. Main Street (Route 47), Elburn
15-room historic house filled with affordable antiques. Our motto is “please come by, but you don’t have to buy.” We love sharing our homey atmosphere.
Anderson’s Coins and Collectibles
630-377-2174 – www.facebook.com/Andersons-Coins-and-Collectibles
Historic Downtown, 221 W. Main Street, St. Charles
Vintage toys, memorabilia including tin wind-up toys, Star Wars, Coca-Cola, puppets, model kits, new and retired LEGOs. Buy or sell gold, silver, sterling flatware, jewelry, coins.
Antique Market I
630-377-1868 – www.antiquemarket1.com
Old St. Charles, 11 N. 3rd Street, Unit A, St. Charles
Interesting variety of vintage. Books, postcards, jewelry, glass, porcelain, military, coins, deco lighting.
Antique Market III
630-377-5599 – www.antiquemarketiii.net
Old St. Charles, 11 N. Third Street, St. Charles
Antiques, collectibles from primitive to formal. Clothing, pottery, silver, paintings, glass, railroad, toys, coins, sports, fine and costume jewelry, light ‚fixtures, furniture.
Baltria
630-443-4582 – www.baltria.com
4200 E. Main Street, St. Charles
Classic, exotic automobiles from the last 100+ years. Car collection is open to the public for complimentary viewing. Also provides brokering, consignment sales, and mechanical evaluation for all cars.
Circa Vintage Gallery
630-660-8160 – www.circavintagegallery.com
17 N. 2nd Avenue, St. Charles
Enjoy a whimsical journey through time. Explore unique vintage finds, paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, home decor, furniture. Located in the historic Glos House built in 1845.
Graham Crackers Comics
630-584-0610 – www.grahamcrackers.com
640 S. Randall Road, St. Charles
Comic book specialty store since 1982. Full-line seller of comics and related merchandise; part of a chain of ten stores throughout Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin.
Frivolous Treasures, Inc.
847-833-3397 – www.frivoloustreasuresinc.com
138 N. Main Street, Elburn
Antiques, collectibles, vintage inspired, Euro Chic, architectural finds, garden decor, ‚candles, handcrafted cards, unique gifts, and more!
Harvest Lane Vintage
815-739-1888 – www.facebook.com/harvestlanevintage
40W160 Campton Crossings Drive, Suite C, St. Charles
Scheduled sales one or twice a month featuring a fresh selection of vintage, industrial, farmhouse items for yourself, your home. Visit Facebook page for hours.
King’s Mill Furniture Restoration and Conservation
(630) 377-9191
40W297 Highway 64, St. Charles
European craftsmen; strip, repair, refinish; hand-rub finishes; chair caning; brass, metal polishing; leather repair, re-dye, clean; upholstery, slipcovers; over 10,000 fabric samples. Largest hand-tied Oriental rug selections in western suburbs.
Reynauld’s Euro-Imports, Inc.
630-365-6340 – www.reynaulds.com
122 N. Main Street, Elburn
Finest in European model trains, classic toys.
SG Too Select Consignments
630-584-7474 – www.sgtoo.com
Century Corners, 116 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles
Select consignment, antique store with items for home, ‚garden.
Tri County Coins and Collectibles
630-365-9700 – www.tricountycoins.com
111 N. Main Street, Elburn
Buy, sell coins of all ages. Vintage jewelry, collectible toys, glassware, home decor, knick-knacks.
Warehouse Antiques & Confectionery
(630) 584-6368
Century Corners, 16 N. Riverside Avenue, St. Charles
Located in old Railway Express Building. Antiques, collectibles, hand-dipped confections, novelty candies from days gone by.
ANTIQUING ALONG THE WAY
Peoria RiverFront – You’ll find art galleries, music venues, specialty shops, and great restaurants all located along Peoria’s beautiful RiverFront. You can also shop the largest Antique Center in Central Illinois.
Downtown Champaign – Discover cute boutiques housed in historic storefronts in downtown Champaign, including antique and consignment shops. Be sure to stop at PACA’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, where you’ll find everything from vintage stained glass to ceramic tiles.
Downtown St. Charles – Located on the banks of the Fox River, historic St. Charles is known for its great antique shops housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. Visit Century Corners Historic Shopping District and Old St. Charles, where you’ll find landmark buildings, unique boutiques and nearly 30 restaurants.
Volo Antique Malls and Mercantile Mall – A 30-acrea antique theme park. Anchored by the nationally recognized Volo Auto Museum, the site also boasts great shopping in five separate malls; 3 malls selling antiques, a mall selling unique collectibles, gifts, vintage, home decor and lots more. Over 400 dealer shops in one location offering a breathtaking variety from which to choose.
Wabash Depot Antique Centre in Decatur – A 10,000-sqare-foot building restored to its ‚twentieth-century rail depot grandeur, and now houses antique dealers selling their treasures.
Galena/Jo Daviess County – Antiques and ‚collectibles stores line Galena’s historic district, and they are scattered throughout the Jo Daviess County’s countryside in quaint, off-the-beaten-path shops and barns.

On the Road to… Illinois