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Andersonville In “Best 10” Chicago Shopping Destinations By USA Today


Photo Courtesy Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville’s shopping destinations deserve the respect. The passion for keeping it local is abounds on this Clark Street corridor. Few chains exist here and that helps bring the flavor that is all its own. Now USA Today names it in the “Best 10”  Chicago Shopping Areas and showcases some favorites such as Brimfield, Scout and the The Galleria.

Other neighborhoods such as Boystown, Roscoe Village and Bucktown rightfully made the list alongside obvious selections like Water Tower Place, State Street, Michigan Avenue and Oak Street. So Andersonville is in good company. Sadly we have seen some amazing stores close over the past few years such as Haymaker and His Stuff but retail seems to remain strong here. There is something for everyone and every taste thanks to the area’s independent retail pioneers such as Women and Children First, The Landmark and Alamo Shoes.

USA Today’s praise of the community says,”Long ago Swedes settled into this North Side neighborhood, leaving the name Andersonville behind to more contemporary residents. Catering to their disposable income and refined tastes, the stretch of Clark Street from Foster Avenue north a dozen blocks features independently owned boutiques, galleries and restaurants. The only chain around? Starbucks. The collection is particularly strong in funky home shops, starting with Brimfield which mixes flea market finds with recovered furniture, plaid woolen blankets and other rustic accessories. Clean, mid-century-modern decor and accessories mixed with primitive pieces and second-hand art distinguish neighbor Scout. Despite gentrification, Andersonville remains a creative neighborhood. Roughly 100 area artists show at the grab-bag market of art, craft and design known as the Andersonville Galleria. The Chamber of Commerce is very active and hosts events throughout the year.

With new retail shops coming to the strip soon, Andersonville remains quite fresh. The community’s strong support for the shop local movement continues to make the hood a popular destination.

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