Flea markets have been growing in popularity for many years. They are a terrific place to find rare items and take advantage of low prices. Some of the best deals you could ever possibly imagine can be discovered there. These are also great venues for the community, enabling a family to get out and shop with their neighbors or just shoot the breeze. Markets these days strive to be more than just a shopping trip and more of an adventure. Some who have not recently been to a flea market may be surprised by all the amusements available in addition to shopping.

In a huge metropolitan area like Chicago, flea markets can be found around almost every corner. Many of these establishments are indoors, making for a comfortable browsing experience out of the elements. As pleasant as it is to soak up the sun, it’s also nice to not have to worry about rain, snow or cold to dampen your outing.

Some of the Best Indoor Flea Markets in or near Chicago include:

5 Star Indoor Swap Mart
270 W. North Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
Hours: Monday-Friday (closed Tuesday): Noon to 7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.*
Phone: (630) 835-2800

Located on West North Avenue Villa Park. 5 Star is one of the leading flea markets in the entire Chicago metro area. They pride themselves in their wide variety of merchandise, great bargain prices and fun events available for the whole family to enjoy. They regularly show movies, bring in clowns and magicians to entertain the children and have DJs and bands to entertain the adults.

Buyers Flea Market
4545 Division Street
Chicago, IL 60651
Hours:  8 AM to 5 PM | Saturday & Sunday
Phone: (773) 227-1889

Conveniently located on Division Street in Chicago, Buyers is the largest indoor market in the area. They have been proudly serving Chicago for over 30 years and offer terrific Spanish ethnic food. Members of the National Flea Market Association, Buyers is proud to serve Chicago and be family owned.

Swap-O-Rama Flea Market
4100 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60609
Hours: Vary –  see website.
Phone: (708) 344-7300

Swap-O-Rama can be found at 4100 South Ashland Avenue in Chicago. It is the city’s oldest flea market. They are widely known as the “First Name in Flea Markets” due to their longevity, great deals and steadfast belief in the free market enterprise.

Come Flea with Me
2742 N Dayton Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: Call for details
Phone: (773) 549-4338

Come Flea With Me is owned by sisters Kate Shifrin and Christie Weller. They opened to the public in 2000.  They refer to their market as the place to go for modern treasure hunting. It is your one stop for incredible finds. Their shop has an impressive reputation and has been featured in both Country Living and Midwest Living magazines.

North Buena Market
4200 N. Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Hours: Vary by season
Phone: (773) 520-4338

North Buena Market in Chicago has been serving Uptown and the north side for over 4 years. They are well known for their very low prices and great bargains.

Wolff’s Flea Market
6920 N. Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Hours: Sunday 6 am to 3 pm
Phone: 847-524-9590

Wolff’s Flea Market is a family owned business. Since 1991 it has operated Sundays April through October in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena.  It boasts 700+ vendors and 12,000+ customers. Wolff’s has previously operated indoor markets in Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Melrose Park. Wolff’s is a member of the National Flea Market Association.

Man Over Market
3401 S Cicero Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804
Hours: Call
Phone: (708) 298-9008

Located on Cicero Avenue, Man Over Market has been serving the residents of Cicero with a unique atmosphere and endless variety. Check them out near Route 50.

Montana Charlie’s
255 S. Joliet Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Hours: Sundays 8:30 am to 3 pm
Phone: (630) 739-4338

Montana Charlie’s located on Joliet Road in Bolingbrook specializes in special events like concerts as well as its large inventory for you to peruse. Their goal is to provide you with fun and a great shopping experience. Check out the number one flea market in Bolingbrook soon.

Fox Valley Flea Market
840 N. State Street
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Phone: (847) 531-4420

Fox Valley Flea Market is located on North State Street in Elgin. This gem is open year-round and is a member of the National Flea Market Association. In addition to toys, clothing, tools and jewelry, this location also has an ice cream parlor and video game shop inside.

Flea Markets Abound in the Metro Area

There are other markets all over the city and the suburbs. Some are outdoors and seasonal, but the vast majority of the indoor shops are open year-round. In Villa Park, 5 Star Indoor Swap Mart is an outstanding stop to find great deals on rarely seen items. The shop is open every week day except Tuesday from noon to 7 pm, as well as every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm.* In addition to clothing, jewelry, toys and tools for sale, you can sit down for a nice meal, watch a movie or even get a haircut.

*Please note hours are valid as of publication date