Today I want to share a few highlights from Chicago, including some neat places we found, and awesome souvenirs I brought home with me.
We ended up spending quite a bit of time on Clark Street in Andersonville. It boasts quite a few awesome antique stores, including Scout, Brimfield, Roost, and Room Service. There was another great antique store we went to on Clark Street, but I didn’t catch the name. I think it might have been Brownstone Antiques.
I picked up this antique oil can at Room Service.
I think the biggest hit on Clark Street, though, was a little shop called Foursided. This place was so amazing! They had so much vintage ephemera, and most of it was completely reasonable. We spent a long time combing through everything.
A peek at my loot from Foursided.
I’ve been collecting some really awesome bits and pieces to make a vintage-inspired astronomy garland and I was so excited when Foursided ended up having the perfect pieces I needed to be able to complete my design!
And those vintage movie monster cards!? *swoon*
A surprise from Chas! This lovely vintage tin tray from Edgewater.
A vintage rouge pot I found at BAM. It’s unused, and even came with its original mini puff applicator.
I noticed that so many of the antique stores we visited in Chicago have tons of unused vintage restaurant ware. I recognized some of the patterns, but others I had never seen before. I’m not sure why Chicago has a plethora of unused vintage restaurant ware, but if I had to take a guess it would be that perhaps a lot of it was manufactured in the midwest (I did notice that one of the mugs I bought has “MADE IN OHIO” stamped across the bottom), and when those companies went under, or got rid of old patterns, it was sold off in mass quantities for cheap. If anyone out there knows anything about this, let me know. I’m very curious about it.
One of my favorite places we found that had vintage restaurant ware was P.O.S.H. They had so much of it, and it was reasonably priced. They also had a clearance section, where you could get bowls and plates for only $2 each. I brought home two awesome restaurant ware coffee mugs from P.O.S.H.
I mentioned yesterday that we visited the Field Museum, which is amazing. They have a huge collection of dinosaur skeletons, a ton of artifacts from Ancient Egypt, taxidermy animals and skeletons, and a lot of other stuff we were unable to see because we ran out of time.
I brought home this little guy from the Field Museum gift shop!
I really loved this city! Next time we go to Chicago, we must definitely see the International Museum of Surgical Science; make it to the Textile Discount Outlet when they are open (seriously, this is the only retail business I’ve ever known to be closed on Saturdays!); and take the Architectural Boat Tour.