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NY Times profiles Andersonville Galleria

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If you’ve never been to the Andersonville Galleria (5247 N Clark) you should check it out. The Galleria hosts multiple booths of small artists and vendors who might not otherwise be able to rent an entire retail store on their own all under one roof. Its a great place to find unique items and holiday gifts.

Store Review: The Andersonville Galleria in Chicago
By BONNIE TSUI
Published: December 6, 2009
Located in a traditionally Swedish neighborhood that’s undergone an arty transformation, the Andersonville Galleria is quietly becoming the go-to spot for handmade jewelry, clothing and other wares, most made locally by an eclectic mix of artists and designers who rent space month to month.

In late 2007, two local developers, Mark Falanga and Ray Pesavento, opened the galleria in a 7,000-square-foot exposed-brick space that was once home to Wikstrom’s Gourmet Foods, the neighborhood’s historic Swedish deli. It has since grown to become an incubator for homegrown indie artisans; there are now over 90 tenants on four floors. A flea market this is not — more like a clean, well-lighted gallery, down to the spotlighted photographs and artist bios, and the front counter, fashioned from the deli’s antique freezer.
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