Dates: September 28-29, 2013
Location: Grand Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street Chicago, IL
Hours: 11AM-8PM both days
Demographics: Upscale, educated, sophisticated, young professionals, urbanites
Theme: Festival featuring a juried show of items for the home and garden from Chicagoland vendors.
Contemporary and sustainable design thrives on Grand Avenue, where for one autumn weekend, the best local makers and collectors of design objects will open house and pop-up shop in an aesthetic marketplace. Vintage and antique objects find their afterlife amongst environmentally conscious and modern goods. To say that Grand Avenue undergoes a transformation on this weekend is a very big understatement. For, as Time Out Chicago wrote in 2010, "Grand Avenue's former factory and warehouse corridor really looked handsome. Like a hayride for the Wallpaper set, Design Harvest was an unlikely combination that came off perfectly natural..."
This unique street festival event is a marriage between the mundane and exotic: it's a juried show of unique, upscale items for the home and garden- set up in large scale tents- in a street festival setting- with live music and other attractions including craft beers, hay rides, local food & drink in the midst of the emerging Grand Avenue retail design district.
Each of the 70 vendors (approximate) are curated- hand picked by a small panel of design experts. The panel's goal is to present the very best in Chicago's home and garden furniture and accessories These high quality vendors each create design vignettes inside large scale tents.
Pumpkins, haystack, and fall flowers dot the landscape-and provide the appropriate ambience for this design festival. Attendees stroll from tent to tent, sipping wine and craft beer, enjoying the live music while they shop.