With two of Chicago’s foremost outposts for antique furniture and home decor occupying the same stretch of Broadway, Edgewater is a natural destination for treasure hunters and bargain hunters alike. There are (more recent) vintage goods to be found on the Andersonville side of the ’hood, whether your tastes tend toward the country-home vibe of Roost or the tubular ’80s fare to be found at Rad Vintage. And don’t miss one of the city’s best independent toy stores, a fan-favorite comics shop and a friendly neighborhood wine nook.
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Boasting some of the most creative window displays in the city, this antiques emporium is a vintage-hunter's dream. The store is packed with furniture, jewelry, knick-knacks, clothes and artwork from the 20th century, and its collection of quirky signs from erstwhile businesses alone are worth the trip. Don't be afraid to haggle.
Whether you consider yourself a wine snob or you barely know the difference between red and white, you will be well taken care of (and not judged) at this Edgewater wine shop. The wines, many of which are $20 and less, are arranged by country, with helpful descriptions for some of the staff's favorite bottles. Friday wine tastings are a convivial neighborhood social event. Don't miss the extensive selection of bitters and local spirits.
When RJ Geyman was a struggling actor toiling away in the Chicago improv scene, he made ends meet with an eBay store (Rad Vintage Chicago) selling Starter jackets and sports jerseys from the ’80s and ’90s. The business did so well that it became a full-time job and he’s opened this Andersonville storefront. He’s branched out to include men’s and women’s clothing from the past 40 years, so expect to find women’s peacoats from the ’60s ($45 and up), men’s Dior sweaters (starting at around $22) and Member’s Only jackets ($20 and up) along with kitschier vintage items.
With three Chicagoland locations and a robust e-commerce website, Toys Et Cetera puts more than 10,000 toys at your fingertips. Shopping local has never been more convenient—we're talking complimentary gift wrapping, free shipping when you spend over $199 and pickup at any store location.
Less sparse than some nearby stores but equally well curated, with a strong country vibe, Roost features a hodgepodge of hanging woven basket lamps, school lockers and milk bottles, plus a second room pretty much dedicated to furniture. Take your time; cute, sometimes kitschy, vintage knickknacks are tucked in every corner.
Tucked at the end of a gangway between a Starbucks and a Potbelly on Clark Street, this small but popular shop has been meeting Andersonville's comics-shop needs since 2011. AlleyCat offers the usual wall of new comics and a good selection of trades and graphic novels, along with a smallish collection of back issues. Kid-friendly books are well stocked in the “AlleyKitten's Corner.” The store doesn't offer much in the way of toys or figures, but the staff is approachable and highly knowledgeable.