Hey POP, Petee716 here. I saw from the member map that you live in Oak Park. My sister lived there for quite awhile. We grew up in a rural area where just about anything goes (south of Buffalo, ny). One day she decided to trim some trees in her backyard. When she was done she piled up the trimmings and lit'em up. Well, apparently that's not allowed there. At least that's what the fire department told her when they showed up! Just thought I'd share that with you.
Anyway, if you google Chicago area flea market I'm sure you'll find a weekly one near you. You will be amazed at how cheap stuff goes for. Don't worry about not being able to afford something you find there. Just go check it out. Good luck, and keep at it!