Now that the holidays are close to being over we can all take a deep breath. Naturally, not only do we all have huge holes in our wallets and a deficit in our checking accounts, but most of us are teetering on the borderline of alcoholism and diabetes… So in order to curb this depressing situation, get on your feet and head over to Beehive Chicago. It is time to ring in the New Year with new duds and new stuff. New Year, New You! Beehive Chicago is the place to start off 2014 right.
Beehive Chicago is an indoor vintage market that is nestled in an unexpected warehouse-style loft in East Garfield Park, at 2958 W. Carroll Street, Suite 3S, Chicago, Illinois – and when I say unexpected you will see why when you go there… It is like entering a secret club where you encounter multiple doors, hallways, and flights of stairs to reach your final secret destination. Once you reach the loft on the third floor you can feel the exclusive nature; you are one of the lucky few to be aware of the treasure that Beehive has to offer.
Beehive Chicago acts as a place for home-based and online vintage businesses to showcase their goods. Essentially, vendors can rent studio space at the East Garfield Park loft by the month or by the hour in order to get their business a physical location for a short period of time. That being said, there are multiple vendors at Beehive Chicago that set up shop every third Thursday of the month showcasing their goods – merchandise ranges from vintage furniture and house décor to vintage clothing, purses, shoes, jewelry, and trinkets such as postcards, magnets, and cards. Not to mention there are a significant amount of vendors that make handcrafted goods including all of the above.
My first experience at Beehive Chicago was a few weekends ago at their special Holiday Market event. I was truly in awe with the amount and variety of stuff on display. There were so many things to sort through; it is vintage heaven! I can assure you that whatever you are looking for, you will find it at Beehive.
A few of the vendors that I visited included Forward Rewind Design, a sustainable interior designer; Imaginary Girl, a vintage junque collector and jewelry designer; and Leah Onomatopoeia a vintage clothing business -- pictures of my purchases are in the accompanying slideshow.
After visiting a space like Beehive Chicago, you walk away feeling not only refreshed by seeing refurbished and sustainable items but you also feel nostalgic of times past. The combination of good people, passionate vendors, and of course snacks and wine, creates an ideal atmosphere for a relaxing afternoon of browsing. It is a great place to mosey around and visit as 2013 winds down, and at the same time it is a great place to find something new or should I say “old” to start 2014.
Please visit the sites below for more information on Beehive Chicago and their vendors: