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Fete Chicago
INDO will discuss its imaginative window displays during a Fete talk. Photo by Julia Stoltz.

Chicago’s artisan community was abuzz last year when three of the “dosettes” behind the popular monthly Dose market struck out to start a new venture. It sounded pretty similar to the original--except it was held at night.

The first Fête market held at Room 1520 was a quiet success; shoppers seemed to like the party-ready, post-work vibe. The spring edition is scheduled to kick off this Thursday, and Fête’s organizers have branched out in a big way. The market is now a weekend-long event complete with tastings, tours and talks with food and design types.

On Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m., head to the night market at the same West Loop venue for two floors of shopping. Look for home goods from fashion girl Elise Bergman, books from City Lit and vintage serving pieces from Dinner Party. Don’t eat dinner first, just fill up on bites from the likes of La Sirena Clandestina and Pecking Order.

Delve deeper into Chicago’s made-local scene at Fête’s ticketed events around the city over the next three days--there’s a night of staged storytelling at Ina’s, a conversation about the rise of Bridgeport and a design discussion about transforming organic materials into art.

Think of it as a crash course in all things inspiring.

Room 1520, 1520 W. Fulton St.;

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