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Three Upcoming Chicago Design Events

Watch out for a textile bazaar at Robin Richman, the return of Randolph Street Market, and woodworking classes at Rebuilding Exchange.

Start with a cutting board, and from there, who knows what you'll make? Woodworking classes are now in session at Rebuilding Exchange.   Image courtesy of Rebuilding Exchange

The charmingly avant-garde Bucktown clothing boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave.) is hosting a global market called Fabric, Findings & Food, July 31 to August 7, featuring textiles by designer Lynda O’Connor and fabrics from the Roscoe Village design studio Workroom Couture Home. The opening reception, which will happen Thursday, July 31 from 5 to 9 p.m., will also include vintage Indian textiles and trinkets by Fatima Mohiuddin, as well as craft cocktails and nibbles.

Randolph Street Market is back this weekend, July 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special nod to pint-sized attendees. The Lincoln Park-based kids’ activity company Kidville will sponsor a children’s tent with face painting, (fake) tattoos, and frame-making. Adults, don’t worry—there are, as always, about 250 vendors for you to check out, without any children involved. And here’s something extra: Toma Clark Haines, otherwise known as the Antiques Diva and the CEO of one of Europe’s largest antiques touring companies, will be giving a talk about French antiques and a tour of the market at 2 p.m. on Saturday (meet in Sally’s Cabana).

Rebuilding Exchange (1740 W. Webster Ave.) is a non-profit that salvages and sells unwanted building materials and offers job training to people with barriers to employment. It’s also a great place to unleash your inner carpenter or re-live your high-school-shop-class days. Through the end of August, there are plenty of courses available that will teach you basic woodworking, or how to build a bench or coatrack. Check out the options here.

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