Photograph: Jill Paider

Vintage-furniture shoppers might recognize Julie Fernstrom from her former Portage Park shop, English Cottage, or the various Chicagoland antique markets she traveled to every weekend. But now she’s staying in one spot: Andersonville. While helping out at a sidewalk sale at Scout, Fernstrom discovered a vacant neighboring space where she’s now opened Brimfield. Named after her favorite plaid, the store is “Ralph Lauren meets a Paris flea market,” Fernstrom says. The shop features repurposed and found objects for every budget—price points range from $1–$2,500. And since the store is named after a checkered pattern, the space wouldn’t be complete without a “plaid wall,” featuring blankets, tin boxes, picnic tables and more.

Venue name: Brimfield
Address: 5219 N Clark St

Cross street: between Foster and Farragut Aves
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Transport: El: Red to Berwyn. Bus: 22.

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pam g

What a horrible experience with the owner of the place. She even tossed out a six month pregnant lady onto the street to wait because she arrived to early for her taste. But we were told earlier that it was perfectly fine to come and start set up as early as we needed. Her husband and her need to get their stories straight. Tried to tack on charges after the venue fees where paid months in advance. The owner was one of the most rude and hateful people I've met in years! So sorry we had our event there. Please take warning!!!!

Kris G

What a horrible experience. If I could give negative stars I would. 

First, don't walk away, RUN away from the owners of this property. They are deceiving and will scam you for every dollar they can. 

My husband and I rented their upstairs event space for our wedding reception. Although the space itself is amazing--I'd rather host a party at McDonalds than go through what we went through. We paid 100% of the venue fees months before the reception, and a week or so before the actual party, they came to us with all of these "added" charges that had never been discussed. Of course, we couldn't fight to much because they'd just cancel the party. So we paid the extra fees and decided to suck it up.

The day of the party, the owners were HORRIBLE. Our caterers even said how awful they had treated them during setup--and they treated us the same way. Rude and unhelpful. 

To make matters worse, a week after the party, we get a call from the owner saying we owe them $800 for "damage and extra rental charges." We asked for an itemization but they never sent it to us. Over the phone, we kept asking for proof of any damage, and they said there was a "scratch" on a table, a missing decanter, and a broken glass. Let's just say even if all that were true (which I assure its not given that the party was with close friends and family) all of that would NEVER add up to $800. Long story short, not only did we never receive the itemization, but they kept the $500 security deposit AND  kept the leftover alcohol we had asked them to return for us--the liquor store who delivered the product said they went three times to pick up with a different excuse from the owners each time--the third time the owner said they would not release the product  because they have an "issue" with us. Sadly for us, it was around $200 in leftover alcohol that they won't release. 

Don't fall for the same trap we did. It's a great space and definitely reasonably priced. But once you factor in the headaches, added costs that they never tell you about, and the truly horrible customer service--you would be better off spending the extra money for a real venue.