Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation Donates 300+ Coats to Students in Need

300+ Libby Elementary students from kindergarten to 8th grade received brand new coats donated by Gus Giordano Dance School and The Gus Giordano Jazz Legacy Foundation in a HUGELY successful holiday coat drive. 8th Graders from Libby Elementary helped Gus Giordano staff members unload coats from two cars packed to the brim. The following is a note from the principal:

“We at Arthur A. Libby Elementary and Middle School would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation of amazing winter coats. Due to your generous donation we were able to provide over 300 students with a warm winter coat.

The children were so excited to receive the coats and picked ones that fit their personal style. Please know how much you’ve helped them and how appreciative we are of your kindness. Thank you once again for your kindness, generosity, time and effort that you put into making our coat drive such a huge success.  We are eager to continue the partnership.

Kind regards,

Rochonda R Knox-Principal”

Gus Giordano Dance School extends a special thank you to the staff from Women and Children First. The staff was thrilled with the project and gave funds to purchase about 10 of the coats. It was so wonderful to have the support of a fellow business owner in Andersonville.

Check out pics below!

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Holiday Worship Services in Andersonville


Ebenezer Lutheran Church 
Christmas Eve at 4PM and 10PM
Christmas Day at 10AM

First Free Church
Christmas Eve at 10AM and 6PM Candlelight Service

North Shore Baptist Church
Christmas Eve at 10:30AM

Philadelphia Church
Sunday service at 10:30AM

St. Gregory the Great Church
Christmas Eve at 4:30PM and Midnight Mass (Carols beginning at 9:30pm) at 10PM
Christmas Day 8:30AM and 10:30AM

Urban Village Church Edgewater
Christmas Eve at 9:30AM and 11:15AM

The Wooden Spoon & The Coffee Studio Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

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The Wooden Spoon

Family owned and operated “the Spoon,” as regulars call it, has been a leading source for kitchen products and cooking classes in Chicago since 2002. On Thursday, The Wooden Spoon celebrates their 15 year anniversary with 15% off* cooking classes and 15% off full price retail! The Wooden Spoon is open six days a week from Tuesday-Sunday with classes throughout the week. Sign up for their many different cooking classes, consider their unique party venue for your next event, and make a new addition to your kitchenware.

*Not valid for gift certificates, sale items, private parties, or previous purchases.

The Coffee Studio

On Friday, The Coffee Studio celebrates 10 years in Andersonville! The first 250 customers will receive limited edition anniversary totes with mystery Andersonville gifts from: Women & Children First BookstoreWinifred GraceTransit TeesTransistor ChicagoToys Et Cetera AndersonvilleThe Wooden SpoonRoostPresence, Inc.Norcross and ScottMilk HandmadeMartha Mae: Art Supplies & Beautiful ThingsLittle Bad WolfJohnny SprocketsIn Fine SpiritsHopleafFoursidedEarly to BedDefloured: A Gluten Free BakeryCowboys and AstronautsCity Olive, and Be Yoga Andersonville. The Coffee Studio is also offering 10% off regular prices on coffee/tea retail items and gifts and is taking donations for Friends of Peirce.

We are so happy to be celebrating these two local businesses and the huge impact they have on the Andersonville community. Congrats!

Gift Guides 2017: Gifts for the Closet Nerd


Nerd: A single minded expert in a particular technical field. Have a nerd in your life? We have you covered. From coffee, to coloring, to board games and books, please check out our collection of gifts for your particularly minded friend. You won’t find pocket-protectors on this list!

Transit Tees Mugs

One for coffee, one for tea, one for hot cocoa: Transit Tees has your winter beverages covered – or at least contained.

Alleycat Comics Raiders of the North Sea Board Game

Is Monopoly the last board game you remember playing? Well, it’s time for an upgrade. Visit Alleycat Comics for this boxed treasure and so many more!

Transistor_Golden Girls Coloring Book

Say thank you for being a friend with this Golden Girls Coloring book from Transistor. Blanche’s colorful language not included.

Cowboys & Astronauts Ultimate Book of Card Games and Playing Cards

Don’t be a drag, just be a Queen. Find a friend and ditch the game of solitaire! This Ultimate Book of Card Games from Cowboys and Astronauts will keep you entertained for hours.

TrueNorth Chemex Coffe Maker

Drip coffee is so bean there done that. This Chemex Coffee Maker from TrueNorth Café will not only change the way you take your coffee, but it also looks stylish on your island.

Salt Lamp 4

Increase your energy and get better sleep with this Himalayan Salt Lamp from On the Rocks: Gems, Jewels and More. Plug it in and watch the magic happen.

Martha Mae Pencil Sharpener

You may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but this fine gadget from Martha Mae will keep your pencil on point! It’s never a dull moment in Andersonville.

Women & Children First Gift Card

Give the gift of reading. Just do it. Books from Women and Children First are awesome and they will make you a more interesting person. You can be anything! Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow.

CBD Kratom_Mr. Nice Guy Socks

No time for a pedicure? Warm your feet and hide your toes with these socks from CBD Kratom.

Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Gifts for the Kid or the Kid at Heart


Tired of stepping on Legos? Here are gifts for the young and young at heart because we all know Adulting is hard.  

Alleycat Comics Rainbow Batman Figurine Set

Guess who’s back in a coat of many colors? Batman. Purchase this PRIDE-ful set of Rainbow Batman Figurines from Alleycat Comics. Holy Awesome Present.

Swedish American Museum How to be a Viking

It’s not easy being a kid! Toughen ’em up like the Swedes with this book on How to Be a Viking from the Swedish American Museum. Their first assignment can be to conquer cleaning their room!

Martha Mae_Duck Foot Pencil Sharpener

This Duck Foot Pencil Sharpener from Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things not only looks cute, but it is functional too. Accepts regular and colored pencils. Don’t try to sharpen your duck’s foot.

Toys Et Cetera Coding Game

Coding is where it’s at. With STEM programs popping up across the nation, your little coder will certainly enjoy this game from Toys Et Cetera, helping them secure a scholarship later and save you on tuition come college time.

Cowboys & Astronauts Guthrie robots

Guthrie can be transformed into a dozen positions. Don’t you wish you were that flexible? But seriously, this wooden toy from Cowboys and Astronauts will look as good on top of a shelf as it does in your child’s hands.

Transistor_Coloring Placemats 2

We can’t promise these coloring placements from Transistor will make your kids better eaters, but they will keep them occupied while you fry those green tomatoes.

Hamburger Mary's _Bite Me Onsie

Good thing newborns can’t read. This snap suit from Hamburger Mary‘s will help keep a smile on faces of anyone performing 2AM diaper duty.

Women & Children First Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Getaway

Jeff Kinney knows Wimpy kids and this is the 12th installment of this very popular series. You can’t go wrong with this purchase from Women & Children First.

Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Self Care is the Best Care


You don’t have to be a narcissist to care about yourself. Just don’t stare at your reflection until you die. Relax and recharge with the items on this list. You deserve it!  

Robert Jeffrey anti-aging hair elixir

Face it, aging is inevitable. Age a little more gracefully with this anti-aging hair treatment from Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio. It won’t help your wrinkles. You’ll have to see Revive Med Spa for that.

Prevent Chronic Pain gift cert 2017

Give the gift of well-being this Holiday season with 10% off gift certificate from Prevent Chronic Pain. It’s nicer than a bottle of Tylenol. Offer good until December 20.

EC Winter Woodsmoke WHITE

Don’t let Laura blow out this candle! You’ll love the woodsy scent from Edgewater Candles as you manage your Seasonal Affective Disorder. Pick one up locally at Foursided.

CBD Kratom Pain Relief Cream

Colorado grown, but Chicago bound, this pain relief cream from CBD Kratom can treat all of your aches and pains from a hard days work.

Butterfield Alpaca Ranch Hat & Gloves

Stay warm this winter with Butterfield Alpaca Ranch‘s Blue Meadow Hat & matching Glittens, a bright, beautiful floral design created by Fair Trade Artisans in Peru. This humanely raised and harvested fiber is one of the most luxurious and sought-after resources in the textile industry, and Andersonville is in luck, as Butterfield Alpaca Ranch is popping up in Philadelphia Church’s community center every weekend until Christmas!

Big City Optical_Eye Care Package

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, and Big City Optical wants to make sure that window stays fresh and open! Swing by their new Andersonville location for this steal of a deal on eyewear gift setes.

Andersonville Cryotherapy Gift Card

Reduce pain, inflammation and increase metabolism and energy. There are many benefits to cryotherapy. Give a gift of health to a loved one this season from Andersonville Cyrotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center.

Akira Scarf

Every Chicagoan needs an oversized warm winter scarf to survive the polar votex, and AKIRA‘s signature blanket scarf is just ticket!


Feeling a little rough? Get glowing and wash away those dead skin cells with this skin care set from Revive MedSpa!

Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Ditch Day Andersonville


Ferris Bueller had the right idea when he decided to take the day off. You won’t need any voodoo economics to purchase the items on this ditch day gift guide. Unlock the puzzle to your own escape room into Andersonville!

The Coffee Studio swell traveler and tumbler

Any great adventure needs great coffee. Start the day at The Coffee Studio and pick up a Swell Traveler Tumbler filled to the brim by this local coffee shop gem.


Before you officially start exploring, perhaps brush up on your Andersonville landmarks – over 70 locations are artfully depicted in this 17 x 19 Andersonville art print, available from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Orange Shoe Girl Strong T-Shirt 2

Whether it’s strength of character, strength of conviction, a strong will, a strong mind, physical strength, or all of the above; own it! This Girl Strong t-shirt from Orange Shoe Personal Fitness will help set your mind straight for a day of Andersonville adventuring!

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The best way to spend a day out of the office is eating your way through two cultural cuisines right in your own backyard! The Chicago Food Ways gift certificate will give you access to the Saigon to Stockholm tour, exploring both the Asian and Swedish influences that border Uptown and Andersonville.

Revive Spa Gift Card

Let’s face it. Any day warrants a ditch day if there is a massage involved. Treat yourself with a session at Andersonville’s Revive Massage Therapy & Spa.

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Ever thought you’d be the next Ginger Rogers? Fancy yourself with jazz shoes and moves? Gus Giordano Dance School wants you to take the leap with a gift certificate to classes. It’s never too late to start! GUS Gift Certificate special: Purchase a $25 certificate for only $20! Certificate can be used for Summer Camps, Summer Intensives and Gus Merchandise. Limit 2 per person.

Steep Theatre Gift Certificate 2

After you spend the day exploring all that Andersonville has to offer, spend your evening getting to know our local theatre scene with at trip to Steep Theatre‘s latest production.

Vincent Gift Card

Cap off the evening and grab the best Hendricks martini with Brian the bartender at the bistro around the corner, better known as Andersonville’s Vincent Restaurant.

The Guesthouse Gift Certificate

And if you really want to play hookey for more than a day, consider an overnight at Andersonville’s The Guesthouse Hotel. Word on the street is that they even serve an afternoon tea!

Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: With Love From Andersonville


Celebrate the neighborhood and all things Andersonville with this collection of gifts from a selection of our favorite local retailers. Every kiss may begin with Kay, but the best district in the City begins with AND.

Swedish American_Andersonville Dala Horse

The Dala Horse is a symbol of Sweden, and this one comes adorned with its very own Andersonville Water Tower! Carved from wood and hand-painted, these traditional souvenir from the Swedish American Museum can brighten the stocking adult or child alike.

Milk Handmade_City on FIre Unisex Perfume

Do you want every day to feel like you’re sitting around a bonfire? You will smell so much like the real thing that folks might try to roast their chestnuts on you. Yes, we jest, but this City on Fire unisex perfume is something you can find out our very own Milk Handmade.

Transistor Water Tower print

Nothing says Andersonville quite like the water tower. Bring home your very own one of a kind art piece from Transistor Chicago.

Winifred Grace Andersonville Candle

The perfect blend of floral and musk, the Andersonville candle from Winifred Grace is a visual and olfactory delight!

City Olive_Spice and Chocolate Basket

In the mind to gift locally, but not sure what to give? City Olive has combined many of our favorite things in one handy gift basket! Did someone say date night indoor picnic? It’s chilly out there!

Norcross and Scott_

Come on baby light my fire! Light your eternal flame for years to come with these match sets at Norcross and Scott.

ABK_Sensations Wine Decanter by Maxwell Williams

Both sleek and purposeful, this Maxwell Williams Sensations Wine Decanter from Andersonville Kitchen and Bath is sure to ignite many conversations around the table.

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After a long day, unwind with this unique gift; both candle and massage oil, Early to Bed’s Jimmy Jane candles are perfect for a cozy night in for your special someone.

Sparkles Jewlery_Marrakesh travel jewelry case for $49

Need a new home for all your precious jewels, or just looking to take them along when you travel this holiday season? Sparkles Fine Jewelry has a gorgeous Marrakesh travel case that’s perfect for your many treasures.

Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Andersonville’s Fancy Fidos


Who left the dog out? Not us! We have purrfectly pet pleasing products available for animal lovers and people who like collars and leashes. Wait, that’s a whole other gift guide.

Urban Pooch dog training gift card

Sit, Stay, Good Pup. This too could be your dogs mentality after a training course with Urban Pooch!

TrueNorth Dog Treats

Treat yourself and your pup when you swing by TrueNorth Café for pup treats and human hot drinks.

Toys et Cetera Plush Dog (Donates to Charity)

Pups with a purpose, and they’re super cute too! Each plush puppie dog purchased at Toys Et Cetera will give a portion to local pet charities.

Swedish_ Happy Pet Project Dog Bowl

Now here’s a bowl the whole family can get behind! Practice your penmanship with this chalkboard water bowl from the Swedish American Museum. We promise Spot won’t judge your handwriting.

Murray and White Sequin Collar Canine Totebag

Dog beach away with this sparkling sequin canine totebag from Murray and White.

Jameson Loves Danger Whale Sweater

It’s a whale of a tale when a dog willingly wears a winter sweater – luckily, Jameson Loves Danger is up for the challenge with this whale sweater and many other styles for your fashion forward friend.

Gusthouse_Chicago Leash and Bowl

The Ultimate Chicago Dog–No ketchup required! Your pet will be the talk of the city with matching Six Point Pet Chicago ceramic food bowl and leash from The Guesthouse Hotel.


D is for Duke or R is for Roxie. You pick when you personal fido with this one-of-a-kind art flashcard from Foursided.

Cowboys and Astronauts Malin & Goetz Dog Shampoo

Even man’s best friend deserves to smell nice. Andersonville’s newest retail boutique, Cowboys and Astronauts, has the ideal option with their Malin & Goetz dog shampoo and handsome ombre green leash!


Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!

Gift Guides 2017: Cooking with the Swedish Chef

Gift-Guide-Chef-Header“Vergoofin der flicke støøbin mit der børk-børk yubetcha !” We don’t know what that means either, but you don’t need to speak Swedish to cook like a Swede. Pie plate, Glogg cake, Growler and cheese, this Swedish Chef Gift Guide does nothing but please.

Women Children_Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Every great chef, Swedish or not, needs a little inspiration! Delight in the beautiful photos and delectable recipes from Deb Perelman’s second cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Everyday found at our very own Women & Children First Bookstore.

Pastoral Gift Guide_around the world

Nosh on Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine‘s assortment of cheese, jam and chocolate from around the globe as you prepare your next great meal.

Wooden Spoon-Swissmar Cheese Knife

And you’ll certainly be needing an excellent tool to tackle that cheese tray. Lucky for you, The Wooden Spoon‘s Swissmar cheese knife can get right to the point.

City Olive DeCarlo Olive Oil

First comes olive oil, then comes culinary perfection – plus the vibrant colors of these unique oils from City Olive will have you wondering why your kitchen hasn’t always been so cheery.

SAM-Swedish treats

What does any proper Swedish Chef need? Why all the necessary accouterments of course! Find a bevy of delightful Swedish treats to compliment any dish at the Swedish American Museum.

Andersonville Brewing-Growler

Midway through the recipe and need a break? Take a breather with a nice cool sip of locally-brewed craft beer from Andersonville’s own Andersonville Brewing.

Andersonville Kitchen and Bath Sagaform Pie Plate

A good pie plate is like a good recipe – just add a little love. This simplistic beauty can be found at Andersonville Kitchen and Bath.

In Fine Spirits Vin Glogg

Every Swedish meal (or any meal for that matter) is made better with a finishing note of Glogg, and lucky for you, In Fine Spirits has the perfect bottle.

First Slice GloggCake

And just in case the liquid form isn’t quite enough, First Slice has made a special Glogg Cake, just in time for the holidays!

Terry's Toffee_McCall's Classic Toffee

Phew – you made it! A meal prepared is a cause for celebration… and maybe a late night snack too! You can find your favorite from Terry’s Toffee, the McCall’s Classic Toffee, right down the street at Andersonville Galleria.


Please bring your gifts to our wrapping events at George’s Ice Cream and Sweets on 12/8 and 12/22 during Andersonville Late Nights. All the wrapping paper, tape and scissors will be available!