Quimby’s

Quimby's - 1854 W. North Avenue I am embarrassed to say I had never been to Quimby's over in Wicker Park until my good friend Kate recently took me there for the first time. As a punk rock kid growing up in the late 90s I would've dropped a ton of money here. Zines upon... Continue Reading →

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The Armadillo’s Pillow

The Armadillo's Pillow - 6753 N. Sheridan Rd. Growing up my bedroom was the only place I felt safe. I spent hours and hours by myself, covering every inch of it with painting, writings, and all sorts of random things until it felt wholly and completely mine. It could not exist anywhere else or have... Continue Reading →

Heirloom Books

Heirloom Books - 6239 N. Clark St. Every morning on my way to work I would pass Heirloom Books on Clark Street in Edgewater and say "I need to go in there sometime." We finally made it and I'm glad we did - it's a charming, winding used bookstore packed with great stuff. Stopping first... Continue Reading →

CPL – Rogers Park Branch

CPL - Rogers Park Branch - 6907 N. Clark Street Took a trip to check out the nearby Rogers Park branch of the Chicago Public Library and found a warm neighborhood spot. First established by the Roger's Park Women's Club in 1894 on Clark Street, the current space opened on June 8, 1999. The parking... Continue Reading →

William Shakespeare Memorial – Lincoln Park

William Shakespeare Monument - Lincoln Park Near the Lincoln Park Conservatory sits none other than The Bard himself. Installed in 1894, the statue was created by William Ordway Partridge, who did extensive research to determine what Shakespeare actually looked like. A plaster model of the monument was displayed at the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition. It... Continue Reading →

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch) - 834 Lake Street The main Oak Park Library is one of the nicest public libraries I've ever visited. It's clean and modern, with quotes on the floors and walls, and has a beautiful glass enclosed stairway. I was surprised to discover Oak Park was the first public library... Continue Reading →

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