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Woolly Mammoth

Shopping, Antiques Uptown
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities Shop in Andersonville.
Photograph: Jamie DiVecchio Ramsay

Woolly Mammoth specializes in items that were, um, previously living? Or as they like to say, "resurrected from the past." What does that mean exactly? Well, you'll find vintage and antique taxidermy for starters. Plus, lots of anatomy items, medical stuffs, skull bones (of all kinds), skeletons, military and funerary items, art and so on. It's hard to say just what you'll find when you open the door, but one thing is for sure—it's always a ridiculously creepy-cool adventure.


Venue name: Woolly Mammoth
Address: 1513 W Foster Ave
Cross street: between N Ashland Ave and N Clark St
Opening hours: Mon 1-7pm; Tues 3-7pm; Wed-Sun Noon-7pm
Transport: El: Red to Argyle or Berwyn; Bus: 22, 92
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The wonderfully weird Woolly Mammoth is the kind of shop where you might leave with a taxidermied, top hat wearing beaver under your arm and $200 less in your wallet, which is exactly my kind of place. The shop is small and packed with oddities like human ribs, old skeleton keys and framed and pinned butterflies. Definitely worth a stop, even if you don't have the money to spend!


It took me far too long to finally check out this eccentric shop (more like a museum?) in Andersonville. You're bound to see something that intrigues you, probably even offends you on some level, when you're perusing this small storefront, as old taxidermied animals line the shelves and even a slice or two of brain can be found in a jar. There are a few more common things in here, too, though, like old board games and globes.  


If you’re in the market for an authentic diving helmet or a taxidermy squirrel riding a miniature horse, Woolly Mammoth is likely the only place in Chicago with one in stock. The store’s owners are in possession of some of the oddest items you’ll ever see, from dusty old polaroids to antique surgical tools. Those in need of a conversation piece that is sure to raise eyebrows needn’t look any farther than this Andersonville shop.