Happy Valentine’s Day all! Super jazzed about this weekend’s TVB. Can’t wait to shop vintage, eat good food, and listen to great tunes while sipping on coffee/beer/cocktails this Friday and Saturday.
Friday we’re throwing a ticketed night market and party. Each guest will get first dibs on the vintage goodness, plus tickets for one free Big Star taco and one complimentary Scofflaw cocktail. Bonus warm fuzzy feeling that your ticket purchase goes towards supporting local artists through Chances/Dances’ Critical Fierceness Grant. Pre-sale ends at 11 pm today. $25 tickets at the door if space permits.
Puffs of Doom will be on hand serving up their sweet puffs and coffee. Big Star and Scofflaw fare will be available for purchase all night while supplies last. Food menu here. Finally, make sure to capture your vintage finds and special moments in the Smilebooth.
Saturday the market is free all day from 10am-5pm. DANK will be serving beer in the bar and Big Star and Puffs of Doom will be back again serving up delicious treats to fuel your shopping spree. Toast & Jam will be your DJs for the day. Check out some vendor sneak peeks here and on our Facebook page. Links to the vintage vendor shops right here.
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Bonus tip: on Friday during the night market & party — get your tickets here — shoppers will enjoy one free taco (and a free Scofflaw cocktail) with their party ticket + Big Star will be serving up tacos all night, so make sure you come back for more.
Big Star‘s Friday and Saturday Menu:
Taco Al Pastor — $3
marinated, spit roasted pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, grilled onion, cilantro
Taco De Papas con Rajas — $3
potatoes, rajas chipotle, queso cotija, onion & cilantro
Taco De Pollo — $3
roasted chicken thigh, salsa negra, black bean cream, cotija cheese, onion, cilantro
Horchata – $3
cinnamon and almond flavored rice drink
Mexican Hot Chocolate – $3
hot chocolate with a touch of cinnamon
Big Star Salsa, Adobo Hot Sauce, and T-shirts will also be for sale. And guess what? Big Star recently rolled out awesome catering services so you can live the dream and have their yummy tacos while you party at your house.
Our friends Puffs of Doom will be serving up sweet puffs both days of the market, too. They’ll have hot coffee and drool…the following treats: Caramel Chocolate Stout, Maple Vanilla Bacon, Banana Coconut Nutella, Cranberry Oatmeal, PB Chocolate Covered Pretzel (OMG), and Vanilla Eclairs.
See that map up there? That is where you need to be this Sunday 12-5 pm and every second Sunday this summer! TVB is taking over a corner of the Uptown neighborhood (1106 W. Lawrence to be exact) and filling it with top shelf vintage, amazing local chow, cocktails, Bowtruss coffee, food trucks, tunes by CHIRP, a pop-up barber shop by Joe’s Barbershop (btw they were just named one of the best shops in the nation by Details magazine!), adoptable pups at One Tail at a Time’s vintage booth, and smiles for miles. Bonus! Free architectural tours of the historic ballroom. Tours start at 1 pm and run every half hour throughout the day.
Our market is kid friendly (12 and under get in free) and well behaved pets are allowed. And if you walk in with your cat on a leash, you’ll get in free. Check out the vendor list up on Racked Chicago. TVB is the perfect place to hang with your peeps, eat, drink, and stock up on vintage treasures. And when you’re through wander around Uptown! The neighborhood is full of amazing architecture, restaurants, bars, theatre, and tattoo parlors.
And now for some handy dandy tips for shopping TVB. After the jump!
The Meatloaf Bakery has been open for about three years. When did you start your food truck business? What made you take the plunge and hit the streets?
Meatloaf-A-Go-Go hit the streets in October in a blaze of hot pink and orange! We knew people loved our cupcakes and we thought it was time to spread the word to more people than just our loyal customers in the store. We love being out and about with our food truck and we’re quickly acquiring lots of meatloaf-loving fans and friends. And we bring more than just our ever-popular favorites like The Mother Loaf and No Buns About It Burger Loaf. We’ve got our vegetarian Yentl Lentl, our MACnificent Pasta and soon we’ll be introducing some sandwiches.
What’s on the menu for your debut at TVB?
We’ll be serving up smaller versions of The Mother Loaf, No Buns About It Burger Loaf and Omega-3 Loaf cupcakes. We’ll also have cold meatloaf sandwiches on board, like our brand new Herby Turkey-wich with brie cheese and cranberry sauce.
How’d you come up with the meatloaf “cupcake” concept?
I love to cook and meatloaf was one of my specialties. Yes, really! And I thought to myself, why can’t meatloaf be pretty? And from there, I decided to fashion all of my recipes into darling single-serving cupcakes with potato, pasta or vegetable ‘frosting.” And then the idea of a “meatloaf bakery” grew even more when I started creating meatloaf cakes and pies.
As usual, we wanted to put together a handy guide to help you navigate this weekend’s TVB at Dank Haus on the 5th and 6th floors. So here are the basics.
Be there or be square. Do it! This is our last big market until June. And if you have any other questions ask us in the comments!
If you’re going to be shopping the Bazaar this weekend with your main squeeze — or hey, even some friends you’re going out with because you and your main squeeze haven’t met yet, or you couldn’t care less about that crap — tack on a visit to one of these ten vintage-inspired destinations near the DANK Haus to keep the old-school vibe cooking while you eat and entertain yourselves pre- and post-TVB.
This is Chicago’s famed “bowling alley above a hardware store.” Dig the Lincoln-themed mural above the lanes and the awesome late-1960s bar/lounge area. Blink and you just might miss it. 4874 N. Lincoln Ave., 3 blocks from DANK Haus.
As Valentine’s day nears thoughts turn to romance and sharing a dreamy date with your special someone. Here’s a guide to a Chicago date with a vintage twist. Enjoy.
Hop in the car or take the red line north to the Baha’i House of Worship. Designed by Canadian Louis Bourgeois (it was dedicated on May 1, 1953) the building is a nine-sided lace-like doom structure of cast concrete. Bundle up and walk the gardens holding hands pondering the structure’s symbolism — unity.
You’re probably ready for some chow after all of that walking. Might I suggest visiting Big Jones in Andersonville (a short ride from Wilmette or take the red line south and walk a bit). Chef Paul has dug into southern heritage recipes and crafted family meals, comforting dishes, and a special Valentine’s tasting menu featuring recipes from the 1700s and 1800s. They also make a mean Sazerac. (Don’t drink and drive though!)
More ideas after the jump.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting other cities is to seek out thrift stores. In some cities, however, it’s not as easy as Yelping or Googling — many thrift stores aren’t listed online. And the best thrift shops in un-touched cities are often the locally-run ones, not the chains. To find the secret, dirty, hidden thrift stores from city to city, try these sneaky tips:
Call a social services center or church
Try Googling a local social services hotline, shelter, church, or social service agency and ask them if they can recommend any good local charities that run thrift stores. You can always say you’re looking to donate some used coats or clothing.