Dating back to the 19th century, Andersonville is a neighborhood rooted in history. With a Swedish history that has heritage in the neighborhood, Andersonville still has a variety of cultures.
A majority of the businesses in Andersonville are rooted in the community, making it a place to gain insight into a Chicago community.
5409 ½ N. Clark St.
One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure is what they say. Even if you find antiques to be garbage, this is a great place to go and look around. Walking in and passing by on the outside, the store is not as inviting as others, but this is a place for beginners who do not want to get too overwhelmed with stores. There are also other stores in the area to go antiquing, such as Brownstone Antiques and Andersonville Antiques.
5225 N. Clark St.
Voted best candy store in the state of IL by Food Network magazine, this is a great place to see local Chicago stores at work. These stores carry thousands of sweets, from taffy to chocolate. They also boast an expansive collection of retro candy. On top of all of that, they have gourmet chocolates. The first location was opened in 2007 and now it has spread to four locations. The store has also been seen in the New York Times and on The Today Show.
Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N. Clark St.
Especially in the fall season, this huge garden center is a great place to go and explore before winter hits. A unique sight for the middle of a concrete city, flowers, trees and even garden accessories are a refreshing sight. On top of providing for the city of Chicago, this center gives back to the community of Andersonville by providing events throughout the year. They also buy all plants as locally as possible.
Brown Elephant Resale Shop
5404 N. Clark St.
Goodwill can be a great place to discover hidden treasures from time to time, but this resale shop is local to Chicago. With three locations in Chicago, all the proceeds to this store goes to the Howard Brown Health Center. This is a great way to support a local charity in the area, but also spend the day exploring a shop that can lead to new furniture, clothing or even jewelry. This store is huge, so be prepared to search before you head in.
5351 N. Clark St.
It can be hard to find a good music store from time to time. This store claims to be the first and only dance record store in Chicago. They sell new and used CDs and records, which can be hard to come by in this digital age. Even if you aren’t into music, this store is a great visual to look around at.
By Jessica Lynk