The Andersonville Eight

Travel north to experience a medley of Andersonville’s best. Historic, expansive and eclectic, everyone can locate bliss.  

Take a walk on the Woolly side.

woollyexterior1Satisfy your eccentricities and strange loves by browsing a trove of gifts, collectibles and unconventional “stuffed animals”.  Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities offers a rare selection and antiquing atmosphere. Skulls, bones, books, anatomy treasures and more rest. Begin your Andersonville trek boldly at 1513 W Foster Ave. Open Monday from 1-7 PM; Tuesday from 3-7 PM; Wednesday-Sunday from 12-7 PM.

Join a Breakfast Club (all cliques and basket cases welcome).

extralargeEat Greek and organic at the recently opened Kanela Breakfast ClubTake your sweet and savory cravings out for a slice of impressive Crunchy French Toast (challah bread rolled in crunchy corn flakes, topped with fresh berries, crème anglaise) or the Spicy Feta Omelette. Wash down with a juice, signature cocktail, or cup of Bow Truss coffee. Relish the weekend with hearty dining, or venture in on “a personal day”. 5413 N Clark St, open daily.

Check into a home away from home.

36859539Andersonville natives and visiting lodgers, welcome. At The Guesthouse Hotel, you can relax in a two- or three-bedroom suite, complete with a kitchen, balcony, grill and washer/dryer. Cook and host a meal there, order out from local eateries, or reserve a spot at afternoon tea (Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 PM). The charming ambience, couches, and fireplaces may coax you into a few overnights. Visit 4872 N Clark St or call 773-564-9568.

Play “summer” with a scoop or two.

imageIf you’re longing for a Wisconsin-sourced dairy treat, specialty shakes or sundaes, give George’s Ice Cream & Sweets some love. Taste creations with names as big as their flavors like Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Raspberry Rhaposody and Chocolate Explosion (Zanzibar ice cream, M&Ms, chocolate chips and hot fudge). Soy, sugar-free and seasonal options also available! Drop by  Monday-Thursday from 12-10 PM; Friday from 12-11 PM; Saturday from 11 AM-11 PM; Sunday from 11 AM-10 PM. Dessert calls at 5306 N Clark St.

Suspend disbelief with The Neo-Futurists.

Mike-Mother-Poster-for-Print-e1460497417885-350x263Catch The Neo-Futurist’s latest experiment Mike Mother. Submit to a genre-merging thriller where past, present, reality and fantasy collide. Glimpse Jessica Anne’s youth, and gain some theatrical perspective Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 7:30 PM$20 for students and $10 for seniors. Pay “what you wish” Thursdays at 5153 N Ashland Ave.


Wine up.

Aville_WineWalk2016_Small_Banner_V1At Andersonville Wine Walk, 24 neighborhood businesses from The Guesthouse Hotel (where you should already be staying) to Milk Handmade become tasting targets. Stroll while sampling from over 30 wines this Sunday from 3-6 PM. Get your tickets in advance for just $35Check-in at 5226 N Clark. See site for more details!

Keep on pushing someone’s love over the Borderline.

J2717x2714-53510_mediumWhether the original Material Girl is your mix or you want more freshly pressed vinyl, head here. Check out Andersonville’s music, pop culture and media kernel, ripe with updated hours and an array of entertainment wares. Bring your flock or tune-obsessed friend to kick start the search party at 5351 N Clark St. Open Weekdays from 12-8 PM; Saturday from 11 AM-8 PM; Sunday from 11 AM-6 PM.

Buy into the whole “April showers bring May flowers” thing.


Color your week/end with a wide variety of perennials, edibles, shrubs and garden essentials including tools and outdoor furniture. This green oasis offers room to veg and inspiration for those flowery, if somewhat overzealous, dreams. Did horticulture appreciation skip a generation? You can always grab a low maintenance indoor plant to keep the spirit alive. Spend some time at Gethsemane Garden Center5739 N Clark St. Open Monday-Friday from 9 AM-7 PM; Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM-6 PM. 

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