The best shops in Irving Park

Whether you’re a home brewer, a gardener or a blues aficionado, you can stock up on supplies on the Northwest Side
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The Irving Park neighborhood, just to the west of North Center, isn't the densest shopping destination in the city, but it has some hidden gems—from the new home of one of the city’s oldest record stores to a warehouse supply outlet for home brewers. There’s also one of Chicago’s largest antique stores and an array of specialty boutiques.

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The best shops in Irving Park

Shopping, Music and entertainment

Bob’s Blues & Jazz Mart

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Bob Koester didn’t stay retired long after closing River North fixture Jazz Record Mart. Koester, who also owns local label Delmark Records, opened a new storefront in Irving Park in October 2016; it may have a somewhat smaller stock than his old place, but Koester is there six days a week ready to talk shop with other music lovers.

Shopping, Specialist food and drink

Brew & Grow

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Part of a small chain of stores in Illinois and Wisconsin, this shop sells everything you need for home brewing and winemaking. Brew & Grow also offers classes for beginning and advanced homebrewers as well as private events.

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Shopping, Flower shops

Farmers Market Garden Center

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This nearly 100-year-old urban garden center is a destination for green thumbs and professional landscapers alike. It also offers services for weddings, commercial clients and events.

Shopping, Antiques

Lincoln Antique Mall

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Operating since 1995, this antique megamall hosts 30 dealers in a 7,000-square-foot space, with everything from jewelry to furniture from a variety of eras offering some of the best browsing in the city.

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Shopping, Liquor stores

Capone’s Liquor & Food

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No bootleg rotgut here: This well-stocked store named for the Prohibition-era gangster and rumrunner promises a selection of more than 600 microbrews plus wine and liquor.

Shopping, Arts, crafts & hobbies

AVP Jewelry and Beads

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Veteran jewelry makers Ana Pizarro and Diana Ortega opened this bead store in 2014 (there’s now a second location in Edgewater as well). They offer everything you could need to make your own necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings or whatever strikes your fancy; there’s also an array of classes from basic skills to special projects, and you can book parties for kids or adults.

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Shopping, Flower shops

Bonnie Flower Shop

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Family-owned for more than six decades, this beloved florist offers full service for occasions from weddings to funerals, and delivers all over the city and to a reported 150 suburbs.

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Shopping, Grocery stores

The FishGuy Market/Wellfleet

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For years, Bill Dugan has run an "occasional" restaurant out of his seafood shop, the Fish Guy. Now he's given the antiseptically clean and bright space a renovation, converting one fish case into a dining bar and adding a few permanent tables in front. Recently, the food has taken a step up, with a lobster roll that does the quality of the product justice and a clam sandwich that has big, meaty fried clams and ramp pesto. 

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Shopping, Sports

Kozy Cyclery Megastore

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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.

Shopping, Menswear

Fits N Kicks

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Get outfitted head to toe at this small but well-stocked shop specializing in men's athletic wear, high-end sneakers and accessories.

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