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The best shops in Avondale

The rapidly growing neighborhood offers longstanding antique stores and ethnic markets alongside newer specialty shops and more

Photograph: Scott Thompson
Coyle & Herr

Avondale may not be overflowing with high-end boutiques (yet). But the neighborhood to the north of Logan Square does offer furniture stores both antique and modern consignment, one of the city’s best record shops to fuel your ’80s nostalgia and a mega outpost of one of Chicago’s best bike shops. Don’t miss browsing these destination stores next time you’re in the ’hood.

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Avondale’s best shops

Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles

Stepping into Bric-A-Brac's brightly colored storefront is like entering the bedroom of every ‘80s kid’s dreams. The yellow walls are covered with shelves of toys, ranging from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures to vintage Transformers. It’s one of the only stores in town where you can pick up a Combat Rock cassette, a VHS copy of Blade Runner and some E.T. earrings in one fell swoop. All of this supplements a highly-curated selection of punk and garage rock records, including a healthy number of releases from local bands. Stop in to bask in the overwhelming sense of nostalgia and don’t forget to say hi to Dandelo, the store’s resident corgi.

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Andy's Music

If you never thought it was possible to "run out and pick up a Tibetan singing bowl," you thought wrong. Sure, Andy's stocks a lot of what you might need for your everyday music needs, but its specialty really lies in world instruments–we're talking sitars, giant gongs, and things you've never even heard of, along with a knowledgeable staff who is happy to educate you on any mysterious objects you may find. Go ahead, knock yourself out.

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Joong Boo Market

From an incredible variety of fresh noodles to a produce section stocked with items like gobo root and sesame leaves to shelves crowded with savory sauces and fermented bean pastes, this Avondale grocer is a curious cook’s delight. Hit up the meat department for thin slices of marbled shabu shabu beef, ribeye and pork belly at supremely reasonable prices; for a DIY Korean feast, stop by the self-serve banchan bar for side dishes like kimchi and spicy garlic stems. On your way out, pay a visit to the mandu stand, which has lately earned a cult following for its colossal and tasty steamed dumplings (packed with kimchi, pork or sweet red bean paste); at $2 a pop, they’re one of the city’s best bargains.

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Coyle & Herr

Previously housed in the Bridgeport Art Center, Coyle & Herr, a consignment furniture warehouse, now boasts an 8,200-square-foot space in Avondale. With stock changing almost every day, Coyle & Herr has a dynamic range of styles from traditional to mid-century modern to contemporary, with an extensive range of prices to match.

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The Beer Temple

True to its name, The Beer Temple is a sanctuary for craft-brew lovers. Chris Quinn and his wife, Margarey, have opened a completely unpretentious establishment that enables patrons to bow down to the power of good beer. A certified cicerone, Chris is quick with a quality recommendation, interesting tidbits on particular brewing processes, encyclopedic knowledge of the history of various brews and samples of new beers on his doorstep—all without a speck of salesmanship.

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Kozy Cyclery Megastore

This third-generation, family-owned business opened its first shop on the South Side in 1944. Since then, it's expanded to four locations, offering a wide variety of bikes for casual to serious cyclists: road, hybrid, comfort, mountain, triathlon, electric, folding, commuter, cyclocross, cruisers, womens, bmx and kids. Brands include Cannondale, Colnago, Dahon, DK, Electra-Townie, Giant, GT, Schwinn and more. Kozy also sells helmets, accessories, shoes, parts, tires, wheels and car racks.

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Chicago Candy and Nut

This family-owned candy maker churns out tons of tasty chocolates, nutty confections and more, but what you really can't miss are the "Doodles." Grab a box of the shop's unique recipe of kettle-cooked, puffed caramel corn mixed with crunchy nuts, and you'll be seriously addicted.

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Olde Chicago Antiques

This 10,000 square foot warehouse is stocked to the rafters with high quality European and American antiques. You can find everything from a mid-century modern bar set to 19th-century grandfather clocks, all at wholesale prices.

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Kurowski's Sausage Shop

This longstanding Polish market on Milwaukee Avenue carries a huge variety of sausages and other pork products, as well as baked goods and imported grocery items.

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Monarch Thrift Shop

This nonprofit thrift store opened in September 2015 and is dedicated to supporting programs that provide services for addiction recovery, reintegration, HIV/AIDS and other critical needs.

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