One Strange Bird

Things to do, Classes and workshops Wicker Park
3 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
One Strange Bird
One Strange Bird

A storefront art center in Wicker Park that offers classes for adults and kids as well as handmade gifts for purchase.


Venue name: One Strange Bird
Address: 2515 W North Ave

Cross street: between Maplewood and Campbell Aves
Opening hours: Tue–Fri noon–7pm, Sat noon–6pm, Sun noon–5pm
Transport: El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 49, 72.
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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  • The shop itself is great, has really unique and lovely nick-nacks.

    The reason I'm actually so torn about the rating is because I had gone here with a group of moms for a moms night out and we decided to do the $40/per person jewelry making evening. I didn't think the price was bad, it included all of the materials and it is byob so right there, I'm sold. The woman who led the class or whatever you want to call it just had a really stand-offish personality. I found her to be rather cold and not super engaged. I understood that we had rented the space for a limited time, but at 9pm on the dot, she walked around collecting all of the beads and cleaning up. It was just very abrupt and didn't leave the best impression on our group.


I took a four week expressive painting class at One Strange Bird and was really pleased with the experience! We received plenty of supplies including canvases, brushes and acrylic paints and if we ran out of colors she gave us some to use that day. Our instructor was thoughtful and creative and struck a good balance between teaching and letting us experience the expressive process to paint. It was a five person class size which I thought was a good amount to get attentive instruction but also have the social aspect. I would definitely take another class here (they have byo coloring parties!), and also the storefront has some really cute gifts!


I recently attended a dyed scarf class at One Strange Bird and unfortunately had a bit of a difficult time. Although the instructor was very friendly and obviously knowledgeable about the process, there was less instruction that I would have liked and most of the class wound up guessing our way through it and hoping for the best (I haven't received my scarves back yet to let you know if I stumbled onto a cool looking design). While I appreciate freedom to do what you want with your design, there was too much freedom in that no one knew how to even get started. We also ran out of some supplies which made it difficult to really accomplish what I had hoped. 

There was a kids party taking place in the back room at the time and they seemed to be enjoying themselves - perhaps a children's event or another class would be more successful than my experience. If I return it will likely be to the front of the shop where cute local goods were being sold.