Township (@yourtownship, 2200 N. California Ave.) isn’t your average diner. The cozy neighborhood hangout could be better described as an artist collective that also happens to have good food. Many of the brunch-time servers play in bands that transform the space into a music venue by night, sometimes attracting long lines of the young and hip. It’s a combination that works.
Recently, the Township team has added yet another eclectic item to the menu—Market Daze, a vintage clothing and home decor pop-up shop that occurs every first and third Sunday of the month in the space adjoining the restaurant.
A Stylish Partnership
Market Daze at Township is curated by Lovesick Vintage, a clothing and accessories company started by former Columbia College roommates Britteny Riordan and Michelle Loven (Loven is also a waitress at Township. Hint: she wears the cute blue frame glasses). The duo spends much of their time treasure hunting at estate sales or on road trips across the country. They have an eye for the obscure, and among their pieces you’ll find lively, psychedelic print dresses, paint-by-number Jesus portraits and the occasional ironic cat sweater.
Their prices are reasonable (I didn’t see anything more than $50) and the clothing selections come in a number of different sizes. If you’re like me, and regularly find yourself envying individuals who seem to cultivate a vintage wardrobe with ease, you might just want to stop by Market Daze and allow Riordan and Loven to do it for you with their expertly chosen items. It’s that easy. And don’t worry, you can still tell your friends that it took hours of hanger wrestling to find your snazzy 50s-era cocktail dress.
Community Interaction for Fashion
Riordan and Loven also invite other artisans to participate in Market Daze. They currently have eight partners, all based in Logan Square, who produce art and various handmade goods for the shop. “It’s a great way to connect and interact with our community,” says Riordan. She and Loven are actively looking for more locals to collaborate with and hope to expand their offerings even further.
I enjoyed browsing the racks at Market Daze, although things got a bit dangerous when I found myself carrying fistfuls of clothing to the fitting room. After much inner debate, I narrowed down my choices to a single, polka-dotted peplum blouse with pearl buttons down the back for $18.
Thankfully, my next decision was an easier one—to celebrate the unique find with a cool Bee’s Knees cocktail, ordered just steps away at the bar.
Learn about the next Market Daze sale at Township by visiting their Facebook page.