While the very word “antique” may cause the go-getters of the iPhone set to recoil in horror, others are inspired to hearken back to a simpler, more meaningful time. Those are the kind of folks one can expect to run across this weekend during the Merchandise Mart International Antique Fair, running April 27-30. The Mart makes for an ideal host for this 15th annual event, as this 1931 architectural gem is itself a grand old testament to the bygone days of Chicago. More than 120 premier international dealers of fine arts and antiques are set to participate in this event. Located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. 800/677-6278.
For diehard antique lovers, the Fair will be just the tip of the iceberg in a part of town known for great dealers. Wander the Antiques Row area immediately surrounding the Mart to come across even more great finds at places like the Asian House of Chicago (159 W. Kinzie; 312/527-4848) and the Antiquarians Building (159 W. Kinzie; 312/527-0533).