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Ace Hotel’s Rooftop Hosts Thursday Market (Plus A Chance To Enjoy Spin On Jungle Gym)

About 20 local vendors will be selling wares from 5-10:30 p.m. tonight in Fulton Market.

Nesci Dome by Jonathan Nesci on the 5th floor rooftop of the Ace Hotel.
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FULTON MARKET —  Thursday’s “Night Market on Prairie” will bring 20 local makers of jewelry, apparel and other goods to Ace Hotel’s rooftop in an eclectic Moroccan-style bazaar anchored by the Nesci Dome.

The Nesci Dome, a public art piece by Jonathan Nesci that pays homage to the playground-staple jungle gym (invented by a Chicagoan in 1920), was installed on the hotel’s fifth floor rooftop last month. Market attendees can play, lay and sway in the dome.

Organized by West Town vintage shop Dovetail owner Julie Ghatan, the free market is set for 5-10:30 p.m. Thursday at the hotel, 311 N. Morgan St.

Event goers can enjoy open air night shopping with Chicago skyline view, plus specialty cocktails and music from DJ Ben Fasman.

Ghatan said the market “aims to maximize summer vibes.”

“Think Morrocan, without the scent of wafting spices, nor the mint tea, but in Chicago,” Ghatan said.

The participating 20 local vendors include Britt Von DeckerBien À Vous StudioKim Jones JewelrystephXstitch, NeighborlyNYET JEWELRYMorgan ReedErin L. Burke DesignsPure PrinciplesMilk HandmadeGRANDMONT STREETRuth + Rhoda, Comercio PopularBethany Mabee Art{blade + bloom}Eye of the SunCities in Dust, Beltshazzar JewelsJyoti by Joan and Mickey Alice Kwapis.

While the vendors are the main event at Night Market on Prairie, it’s worth a look to check out the rooftop’s landscaping, which showcases plants and grasses native to Illinois.