First Chicago Vintage Festival brings retro fashion and handmade art to Pilsen

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PILSEN — More than 50 local vendors selling vintage clothes and handicrafts are setting up shop on the streets of Pilsen this weekend.

The first Chicago Vintage Festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday through Sunday on 19th Street between South Blue Island Avenue and South Loomis Street, according to its website.

Mr. Bobby, DJ Nando, Mosey, Pakito y Sus Discos, George Arthur Calendar, DJ Light Of Your Vida, Era District and Auntie_Social will perform.

Pilsen Vintage and Print Depot worked together to organize the festival with the aim of uplifting other vintage sellers through a unique event, according to the festival’s website.

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Pilsen Vintage and Print Depot collaborated to organize the festival.

The festival is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP online in advance and arrive early, according to its website. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a free tote bag, according to the festival’s website.

Nearly 500 people have already registered, and organizers said on Instagram that the event is almost at capacity.

Festival volunteers will receive a t-shirt, tote bag, gift card and first access to the vintage selection. To volunteer, email [email protected]

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