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Chicago antique market featured on 'Market Warriors'

January 03, 2013|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | RedEye

Chicago is known for a lot of things--good food, great pizza, rough winters and inconsistent yet lovable sports teams--but as of Jan. 14, “antique shopping destination” may be added to that list.

That’s when a brand-new episode of "Market Warriors," the PBS show about antique treasure hunting, will premiere, featuring the Randolph Street Market.

Sally Schwartz, owner of the Randolph Street Market, has been a big fan of the show for a while. 

“I lobbied hard for them to come to Chicago,” she said. “We’ve been pushing to get Chicago on the antique map. It’s a great place to buy.”

According to Schwartz, four producers came to Chicago and loved the Market.

“When they came to Chicago, they had already been to the biggest markets in the country.  They loved Chicago, they thought it was the best--best prices, best selection,” she said. “The episode is going to be epic.”

The show filmed at the Randolph Street Market from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. one day over the summer. The footage will be whittled down to fit into the show’s hourlong time frame.

In the episode, the show’s warriors scour the market for items that fit within the episode’s '70s theme. The contestants throw each other intentional setbacks, and a winner is determined based on who makes a larger profit on the items chosen at an auction in L.A.

 Look out for the Chicago-centric episode at 9 p.m. Jan. 14 on WTTW.

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