Pilsen’s New Design Collaborative

A bunch of vintage-shop owners hatch a plan to make their nabe more of a shopping destination.

When you think “area with great vintage stores,” you probably think of Andersonville and Grand Avenue Design District. Well a new co-op of shops is on a mission to add Pilsen to that list. Vintage on 18th was started about a month ago when the owners of four stores—Modern Cooperative, Knee Deep Vintage, Comet Vintage, and Pilsen Vintage and Thrift—met up to discuss how to turn Pilsen into a vintage-shopping destination. Step one: Join forces and make it easy for shoppers to find what they’re looking for. Each of the stores now offers maps of the area with every vintage store marked. Step two: Host special events. On the second Friday of every month, the shops will stay open late and offer extra fun for guests. Some might have special sales or DJs, others food trucks and local artists. Check the Vintage on 18th Facebook page for upcoming events.

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