PALATINE: 1775 N. Rand Rd
Open for sellers at 6am. Walk-in/daily/non-reserved sellers arrive a little before 6am. Write your name on the "Sign-Up Sheet" at the outside front door. At that time, you can also write down if you need more than one space, electricity (+$2) or to rent a table (+$6). At 6am, staff removes the list. You go into the building at that time and will be assigned a selling space on a first-come-first served basis. Staff will direct you as to where to park and unload your merchandise. Carts are also available for use.
COST: $20 Sat., $25 Sun. Spaces measure 8' x 12'. Corner/wall spaces cost more. If you would like to keep your space overnight from Sat. to Sun., please let the front desk know, and pay a $4 overnight storage fee. You will then not need to arrive at 6am on Sunday because your space is already held for you. Please bring tarps to cover your table overnight. We can accommodate 300+ sellers.
ROSEMONT: Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Rd.
*Our schedule can occasionally vary according to weather and stadium events, so please refer to our website, facebook and twitter for the most up-to-date information.
Open for sellers at 3am. (Yes, it's true, but we sell coffee...) Enter vendor line on north side of building on Lunt and drive west. Remain in your car. Follow staff directions for payment. They will also direct you to your selling space.
COST: $35. No reservations necessary. Spaces are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. You park your vehicle in your 18' x 25' seller space.
We can accommodate 700 sellers. HINT: If the weather forecast is sunny and warm, the market will be busier. There is a small chance that we may run out of spaces. It has only happened a couple of times in 20 years. Overflow vendors would then be directed to our Palatine market.
3am revisited: You don't need to be at Rosemont as early as 3am, but you will see that other vendors arrive before and after this time. David recommends 4:30am-5:00am. Eventually, repeat vendors figure out what time they need to arrive to be assigned a desirable space, and to have the proper amount of time for set up. Don't worry! Our staff is organized and helpful!