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Stellar smells and beautiful blooms at Marguerite Gardens. All photos: <a href="http://jamesatkinsphotos.com/">James Atkins</a>
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How To Spend an Afternoon Around Andersonville

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Stellar smells and beautiful blooms at Marguerite Gardens. All photos: James Atkins

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If there's three things that Chicago is known for right now, it's the Blackhawks, Oprah (It will always be Oprah), and its eclectic collection of neighborhoods. And the one neighborhood that remains a bit of a destination for Chicagoans and tourists alike is Andersonville.

Traditionally a Swedish neighborhood, this budding home design district-meets-gayborhood-meets newly gentrified bedroom community is filled with great shops and restaurants. So if you haven't been, we suggest you take a day trip. Or if you have been, go reacquaint yourself with the neighborhood. After the jump, we've picked nine great shops essential on your afternoon itinerary.


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1. Lickity Split

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6056 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-0830
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This neighborhood frozen custard shop is the place to be. Shop more than just a cold sweet treat with the large array of vintage-looking candies like Mike & Ike, Pez, and Dots. It's a great communal spot as well for all the neighborhood kids, families and young couples.

2. SIFU Design Studio

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6054 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
773.271.SIFU(7438)
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A bootstraps effort by owner Lisa Whiting has grown into one of the sweetest, heartfelt businesses on the North Side of Chicago. Together with her kinfolk, she's created a 'tight knit' community around the art and craft of working with yarn. Each month there are great workshops and innovative new classes as well as the occasional "Sci-fiber Friday" (sci-fi movies and knitting with drinks and snacks).

3. Room Service

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5437 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-5438
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One of the pioneers on the Clark Street strip, Room Service Chicago specializes in Mid Century Modern furnishings and accessories. With two floors to shop chairs, tables, couches, West German pottery, and more oddities and curiosities than you can fathom, this shop is a definite must-see for Andersonville

4. Marguerite Gardens

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5059 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-6295
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The most charming neighborhood shop is a European-style flower shop just south of Foster. With an up-to-the-minute aesthetic that oozes beauty on every shelf, Marguerite Gardens sells live plants, cut flowers, cacti, pottery, and odd-ball curiosities.

5. Milk Handmade

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5137 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(847) 833-6309
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A sweet little shop we first found last year has grown to the heights of being one of the city's best in purveying independent designers. Shop local brands, designs from Brooklyn hobbyists, and even a few men's pieces.

6. Roost

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5634 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-0406
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Owner Daniel Malone seeks farm-style domestic items to create a completely one of a kind aesthetic. last year, after opening the back half of the shop solely for dinnerware, the front half of the shop has seen a surge in furniture pieces and local art.

7. Scout Chicago

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5221 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5700
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Scout is that shop that everyone talks about. Perhaps because it's small and packed to the gills, perhaps because every time you go in, there's something new. Prices are steep, but if the industrial-modern look is your thing, you'll love it here.

8. Woolly Mammoth

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1513 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-3294
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Um, a nine-foot tall giraffe bust. That's just one of the strange--really strange-- taxidermy pieces in this shop. Shop vintage medical equipment, antique toys and children's distractions like pig fetuses, dissection kits, trading cards, and old maps.

9. Haymaker

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5507 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 681-0798
A one-time Racked 38 Member, this shop sells handmade items from local craftspeople. The aesthetic is decidedly younger and less polished in terms of design, though, works well for quick fun gifts.

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1. Lickity Split

6056 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660
This neighborhood frozen custard shop is the place to be. Shop more than just a cold sweet treat with the large array of vintage-looking candies like Mike & Ike, Pez, and Dots. It's a great communal spot as well for all the neighborhood kids, families and young couples.
6056 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660

2. SIFU Design Studio

6054 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660
A bootstraps effort by owner Lisa Whiting has grown into one of the sweetest, heartfelt businesses on the North Side of Chicago. Together with her kinfolk, she's created a 'tight knit' community around the art and craft of working with yarn. Each month there are great workshops and innovative new classes as well as the occasional "Sci-fiber Friday" (sci-fi movies and knitting with drinks and snacks).
6054 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660

3. Room Service

5437 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
One of the pioneers on the Clark Street strip, Room Service Chicago specializes in Mid Century Modern furnishings and accessories. With two floors to shop chairs, tables, couches, West German pottery, and more oddities and curiosities than you can fathom, this shop is a definite must-see for Andersonville
5437 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Marguerite Gardens

5059 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
The most charming neighborhood shop is a European-style flower shop just south of Foster. With an up-to-the-minute aesthetic that oozes beauty on every shelf, Marguerite Gardens sells live plants, cut flowers, cacti, pottery, and odd-ball curiosities.
5059 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Milk Handmade

5137 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
A sweet little shop we first found last year has grown to the heights of being one of the city's best in purveying independent designers. Shop local brands, designs from Brooklyn hobbyists, and even a few men's pieces.
5137 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Roost

5634 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Owner Daniel Malone seeks farm-style domestic items to create a completely one of a kind aesthetic. last year, after opening the back half of the shop solely for dinnerware, the front half of the shop has seen a surge in furniture pieces and local art.
5634 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

7. Scout Chicago

5221 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Scout is that shop that everyone talks about. Perhaps because it's small and packed to the gills, perhaps because every time you go in, there's something new. Prices are steep, but if the industrial-modern look is your thing, you'll love it here.
5221 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

8. Woolly Mammoth

1513 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Um, a nine-foot tall giraffe bust. That's just one of the strange--really strange-- taxidermy pieces in this shop. Shop vintage medical equipment, antique toys and children's distractions like pig fetuses, dissection kits, trading cards, and old maps.
1513 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

9. Haymaker

5507 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
A one-time Racked 38 Member, this shop sells handmade items from local craftspeople. The aesthetic is decidedly younger and less polished in terms of design, though, works well for quick fun gifts.
5507 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640