#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Show Notes from Episode 39 with Scott Martin of Simon’s & SVEA

This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Scott Martin owner of SVEA Restaurant at 5236 N. Clark and Simon’s Tavern at 5210 N. Clark. Since the Depression, Simon’s has anchored Clark Street just north of Foster and Scott has been an anchor of this community. His love for this neighborhood is effusive. You can see Scott walking his dog, greeting patrons at the restaurant and bar, waving hello off the rooftop connected to his apartment above Tilly’s or dressed up as a Viking multiple times a year, most famously during Midsommarfest.    


Scott Martin (right) in Transistor’s Studio C with podcast sound engineer Andy Miles.

“I’m lucky…I hope I never leave this neighborhood.”
– Scott Martin

Listen to Episode 39 with Scott!

Here are some references from Episode 39 that you may want to check out:

  • Scott kicks us off during this episode throwing it back to his memories of skating at Rainbo Ice Arena on Clark Street and growing up in his mother’s house. His mother was a secretary at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. His favorite memory is riding the WGN float at nine-years old with Ray Rayner and Chauncey the Duck!
  • SVEA means “Mother of Sweden.” The prior owner was Andersonville’s Kurt Mathiasson. Learn more about Kurt here. The restaurant has been called SVEA since the 1920s!

Scott inside of SVEA as shot for the 2018-19 Neighborhood Guide.

  • Scott’s favorite menu item at SVEA is the pickled herring, but he also mentions Lutefisk as a choice during the holidays. While not a super popular fish, Lutefisk was soaked in water to preserve the fish in Viking days. He also details the lineup for The Viking Breakfast which includes Swedish sausage, eggs, potatoes, toast, and Swedish Pancakes, and mentions SVEA’s delicious cheeseburger, a Swedish Meatball pressed between the bun. 

“Our cheeseburgers rule!”
– Scott Martin


The speakeasy door in the basement of Simon’s Tavern.

  • Simon’s was opened by Simon Lundberg in 1934. It’s the 4th oldest bar in Chicago and served as another meeting point for many of the parishioners of Ebenezer Lutheran. The basement of Simon’s is an old speakeasy! Scott talks about the door with the peephole in the basement. Check out a recent write-up on Simon’s in Umgås Magazine.

The wooden bar at Simon’s was built to look like that of a luxury ship’s.

  • The wood bar in Simon’s was designed to look like the bar of a luxury ship, as many patrons of Simon’s in the early days would never have been able to afford a trip on the boat.
  • Simon Lundburg also built a bank window (which you can still see today!) in Simon’s Tavern. Many people weren’t trusting of the banks post-recession, and Simon offered workers no fee when cashing their check, plus a free sandwich!

“I understood the privilege of owning the bar because it’s a really cool place, but the responsibility of owning this place has kept me sane.”
– Scott Martin

  • Most of the time when you visit Simon’s, you’ll notice that Scott likes to play Turner Classic Movies on the TVs. Anything else is just bad art.
  • The Swedish Glögg is a popular favorite, both hot and cold, at Simon’s! What’s in Glögg? Scott gives us a rundown on his ingredients, but he also talks about the tradition of wishing on the Pepparkakor cookie. Learn about the origins of Glögg here.

Tom and Scott Martin.

  • Scott and his father, Tom Martin, were recently honored for their contributions to the community at this year’s Swedish American Museum gala.
  • Many of the places that Scott wishes he could change places with for a day in Andersonville include the old delis Erikson’s and Wikstrom’s, and of course the old Swedish-owned bakeries. But in current day, he’d like to switch with Transistor (5224 N. Clark) and Calo Ristorante (5343 N. Clark).
  • In reminiscing about old Andersonville businesses Scott mentions that where Little Bad Wolf (1541 W. Bryn Mawr) is now, used to be an archery bar! The Calo Theatre, where Brown Elephant (5404 N. Clark) is now, used to be a bowling alley. Scott also mentions the Sip & Straw as the go-to ice cream place, so he’s glad George’s Ice Cream & Sweets (5306 N. Clark) is here now at least!

Scott dressed in his Viking attire during the 2017 install of the replica Water Tower.

“I’ve had nothing but a blast.”
– Scott Martin

Visit Simon’s Tavern and SVEA Restaurant on the following platforms:
Facebook: SVEA | Simon’s Tavern 

#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Show Notes from Episode 28 with Amanda Norcross of Norcross and Scott

This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Amanda Norcross co-owner and shopkeeper of Norcross and Scott located at 1476 W. Berwyn. Inside the shop, you’ll find a an array of home goods, furniture and art including wire baskets from Bend Goods and slip cast porcelain objects by local artist and resident Laura Novy. Norcross and Scott also specializes in full service residential interior design, striving to create spaces which are well edited, thoughtfully designed, beautiful and functional. Visit Amanda and her team this week during Late Night Andersonville on December 7 and throughout the season.


(from left) Amanda Norcross with Joelle and Laura in Studio C of Transistor.

“The business owners in Andersonville approach their businesses with a level of passion and care and enthusiasm that resonates for us and makes us proud to be a member of this larger group of people doing very interesting things.”
– Amanda Norcross

Listen to Episode 38 with Amanda!

Here are some references from Episode 38 you may want to check out:

  • Amanda is originally from Petoskey, Michigan on Traverse Bay. She went to undergraduate school for Arts History in Colorado, and then came to Chicago in 1998 for her Masters in Architectural Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Norcross and Scott opened in 2015. Amanda remembers opening in March on a 70 degree day. The storefront is filled with new and unusual items that also have a level of singularity to them, making the items unique to Norcross and Scott and not easy to find elsewhere in Chicago. View the online shop here.

Amanda helps customers at the storefront during Small Business Saturday 2018.

  • A big part of Norcross and Scott is their design arm. The first step to any new design relationship is meeting with the client in the space that is going to be reworked. With renovation, Amanda and her business partner Scott sit down with their draftswoman first to go over details. Check out featured design projects by Norcross and Scott.
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Room designed by Norcross and Scott.

  • So far, Amanda’s favorite project of 2018 was redesigning a space for an older couple in the Museum Campus park south of the City overlooking the lake and the Field Museum. Amanda and her team were able to purchase all new furniture, lighting, wallpaper and more.
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A sneak peek of the bathroom at the work-in-progress at the “Museum Campus” home.

“What makes a dream project dreamy is when you have a client that trusts your vision and allows you to make suggestions that perhaps are outside their comfort zone.”
-Amanda Norcross

  • Products by Bend Goods out of California have been some of the best sellers for Norcross and Scott since opening, and Amanda attributes this to the clean lines found in their designs.
  • Amanda is inspired by product designers who are doing work on a very small scale, made by hand, and lasting for a lifetime. For example, Amanda references a lighting company called Allied Maker in New York. She also speaks to the furniture being created with wood and meta, and the work of Danish designer, Valentin Loellmann.
  • Amanda and her family love to travel. She sometimes will take her daughter on work trips or to help at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC. She also spends a good amount of time cheering on her son at basketball games doing the “Dab” move (until her son told her not to!) and Joelle mentions the “Floss” dance. (If we lost you here, we provided some helpful links!)  
  • Nocross and Scott’s social media, particularly their Instagram page, tries to show the different aspects of the job: design in progress, on location, and the storefront.
  • If given the opportunity to trade places with another business in Andersonville, Amanda would switch with lead bartender Brian Riester from Vincent (1475 W. Balmoral) in order to know how to make delicious cocktails and how to make everyone happy after work!
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Amanda and co-owner Scott Paterek.

“What is most fulfilling about our job is when we deliver something that alters people’s experience of their space. It has happened a couple of times, and it is magic. That is a good day that lasts a long long time.”
– Amanda Norcross

Visit Norcross and Scott on these platforms:
Online: norcrossandscott.com
Facebook: facebook.com/norcrossandscott
Instagram: @norcrossandscott
Twitter: @Norcross_Scott

#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Show notes from Episode 37 with Lee Corrina Cano and Miguel Cano of The Coffee Studio

This week, Laura and Sara are joined by Lee Corrina Cano and Miguel Cano owners of The Coffee Studio located at 5628 N. Clark. The Coffee Studio is a modern, independent espresso bar focused on expertly crafting delicious drinks and their mission is to create authentic, warm, comfortable experiences that make high-quality coffees and teas more approachable and accessible for everyone.

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Lee and Miguel in The Coffee Studio. Photo by Heidi Liddle.

“We love our neighborhood. We love our community. We love our store, our customers, our staff, and giving that up to try and open elsewhere has never been a priority for us.”
– Lee Corrina Cano

Listen to Episode 37 with Lee and Miguel!

Here are some references from Episode 27 that you may want to check out:

  • Lee and Miguel meet in graduate school at the IIT Institute of Design. Both have a background in design, and while they originally opened a design business together, they were interested instead in creating a business that was “bigger than themselves.”
  • Miguel grew up in Albany Park and his family owned an auto parts store, so he learned about small business operation from a young age.  
  • Prior to The Coffee Studio’s inception, Lee was taking classes at The French Pastry School and anticipating opening a chocolate shop called “The Chocolate Experiment” in which customers could design their own bar; however, both Lee and Miguel were also exploring craft coffee in Chicago at this point. For research, they started visiting Intelligentsia Coffee to learn the process, and ultimately decided they could create their own gourmet coffee experience for Chicago.
  • Lee and Miguel traveled to Seattle, Portland, and visited trade shows in preparation to opening. They immersed themselves in the “third wave of coffee,” and wanted to bring to Chicago high quality coffee without the high price tag.
  • The Coffee Studio is designed to invite conversation at their counter; it was designed with lower counters and put the espresso machine on a stage. Good design is timeless and elegant. New customers walk into The Coffee Studio today and think the design looks as if it could have been built this year.
  • The Coffee Studio has been open 11 years, but Lee and Miguel have lived in the neighborhood for 15 years. Where The Coffee Studio is now used to an abandoned laundromat. Even though The Coffee Studio celebrated 10 years last year, Lee still feels “like a scrappy startup.” The business is a constantly morphing organism. The menu has changed to include flatbreads, craft beers and wines, and craft coffee or tea cocktails. They also make their own ice cream at The Coffee Studio! View the full menu here.

One of The Coffee Studio’s made to order flatbreads.

  • In 2009, The Coffee Studio received a nod from Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Awards for the “Proof that Evolution Exists” category. This was proof, in a way, that Lee and Miguel were doing something with coffee that was on the forefront of third wave coffee in Chicago.
  • Now, there are more independent coffee shops than ever in Chicago. There are also more chains, but now they look a little different. To maintain an “old school mom and pop shop” feel, Lee and Miguel hire locally and try to keep as much money circulating in the neighborhood as possible. For example, they treat their employees to gift cards from other neighborhood businesses for birthdays and anniversaries.
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One of The Coffee Studio’s barista’s prepping a Nitro Caramel Latte for the 2018 Sweetish Stroll.

  • Originally, Lee and Miguel imagined opening more than one location, but they reconsidered when thinking about only “growing for growth’s sake.” They want to make sure to keep The Coffee Studio at a sustainable size.
  • Miguel continues to do design work from home, but enjoys stopping by The Coffee Studio for the community interaction. He loves seeing the regulars there on a daily basis.
  • Lee appreciates how lucky they have been since opening with press opportunities and mentions a write-up in Bon Appetit Magazine in which they were named one of the Top 10 Boutique Coffee Shops in the country. Even recently, Food & Wine Magazine released Chef Iliana Regan’s Guide to Chicago, in which she mentions her love of The Coffee Studio. Writer Heidi Liddle captured the essence of The Coffee Studio in her recent essay as well. Read here.
  • Miguel advises young entrepreneurs to still remain frugal while following their passions. Lee also encourages “understanding the math” behind the business. They have even coached their staff on how best to set a budget, save money, and think conservatively.  
  • Both Lee and Miguel take their coffee black! But, The Coffee Studio does make their own syrups and sweet creations. “We want to meet people where they are.”  They will offer an excellent Cortado for the serious coffee drinks, but also offer a peppermint hot chocolate and other sweet creations for those with a different palette.
  • If allowed to trade places with another Andersonville business for a day, Lee first mentions Gethsemane Garden Center (5739 N. Clark) to be surrounded by plants all day, but would ultimately pick Norcross and Scott (1476 W. Berwyn). Miguel would love to switch places with Little Bad Wolf (1541 W. Bryn Mawr) because he loves music and appreciates their edgy environment. Miguel’s top playlist song would be Led Zeppelin’s Ramble On, and he’s even added it to some of playlists at The Coffee Studio! The music there is rotated daily.

Then: Miguel and Lee prep Mocha Mouse for the 2008 Andersonville Dessert Crawl.

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Now: Miguel and Lee outside of The Coffee Studio. Photo by Heidi Liddle.

Visit The Coffee Studio on these platforms:
Online: thecoffeestudio.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TheCoffeeStudioAndersonville
Instagram: @thecoffeestudio
Twitter: @thecoffeestudio

#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Show notes from Episode 36 with Tim Gillengerten of Transit Tees

This week, we launch our holiday greetings from Andersonville! Plus, Laura, Sara, and Joelle do a roundup of all the great events this season, including this week’s Small Business Saturday and the return of the Holiday Trolley. View our Holiday Events calendar here.

Then, Laura and Joelle are joined by Tim Gillengerten, owner of Transit Tees, a Chicago themed merchandise store founded in 2001. With two locations in Wicker Park at 1371 N Milwaukee and here in Andersonville at 5226 N Clark, Transit Tees takes visuals from Chicago’s metropolitan landscapes and transforms them into fashionable artwork, clothing, magnets, housewares and more.


(from left) Shop keeper Chris and Tim at the front counter of Transit Tees Andersonville.

“The good thing is, I wake up everyday thinking about what I want to create, and what I want to make that day. I’m really excited to come to work every day.”
– Tim Gillengerten

Listen to Episode 36 with Tim Gillengerten!

Here are some references from Episode 36 that you may want to check out:

  • Tim grew up in Michigan but has lived in Chicago for 35 years. He used to oversee the Kraft Foods account in the Midwest and worked downtown a lot, having to ride the train daily. After being involved with the corporate world for a significant portion of his career, Tim said he needed a little more creativity in his life. He left his design firm in 2000 and opened Transit Tees in Wicker Park in 2001.
  • The first work of art Tim created involved combining all of the ‘inspected by’ labels from his travels over the years from various countries; he put them all together as a graphic on a t-shirt. The shirt was noticed by the Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, who connected with Tim about selling it in the MCA store.
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T-shirts in the Andersonville shop.

  • His next project included a line of neighborhood tees, which used redesigned and re-structured CTA map logo decks as the shirt designs. This type of work eventually landed Transit Tees a contract with the CTA as their official manufacturer.  Transit Tees are available for purchase here.
  • The Transit Tees store opened in Andersonville in July 2017. Prior, Transit Tees sold out of Andersonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark) and at local festivals like Midsommarfest. Tim recommends that if you have any products or art that you are looking to test out a market, places like street fests and the Galleria are perfect to refine product offerings.
  • Tim and Transit Tees has been working in Andersonville for over 10 years in other capacities as well. They helped design logos for Cheetah Gym (5248 N.Clark), Anteprima (5316 N. Clark ),  m. Henry (5707 N. Clark ), and other signature Andersonville businesses.
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Chris is captured making buttons during a visit to the shop.

  • Tim’s favorite part about being the owner of a small locally-owned business is the everyday challenges he has to face. He loves the creative side of the business, but much of that work is delegated to other staff members. However, the is a huge reward in seeing his staff come up with an idea, and later sell the final product.
  • Laura references Episode 24 of the podcast with Todd Mack and how his employees also take an active creative roll in the shop. Tim understands that their at a big advantage when it comes to young employees helping to cultivate the creative direction of the business.
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Andersonville buttons available at Transit Tees.

  • Tim estimates that 95% of what he sells in-store he and his staff have designed independently. Transit Tees also has printing presses, screen printing frames, sewing machines, button makers, and a vinyl cutting machine, allowing his team to craft 90% of the shop’s products in-house.

CTA magnets.

  • Transit Tee’s most popular products are the square train station magnets; they make all 150 train stations on the CTA map. Tim estimates they sell up to a few thousand each month. The magnets are available for purchase in-store or online.
  • Tim is also a huge fan of miniature or oversized graphics, and their CTA Loop graphic helped them even to land a feature with Apple’s marketing team!
  • This year alone, Tim and his staff at Transit Tees worked at 15 different street festivals, including Andersonville’s own Midsommarfest
  • Tim is excited about the upcoming One of a Kind Holiday Show at Merchandise Mart December 6-9. Including Transit Tees, he mentions that several Andersonville businesses are represented there.
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Loop – The Elevated Card Game is now available for the holidays!

“I want to thank Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for welcoming us to the neighborhood, working with us, helping us in our first year. In general, the whole neighborhood has been amazing”
– Tim Gillengerten

Visit Transit Tees on these platforms:
Online: transittees.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TransitTees
Instagram: @TransitTees


Hey – those who have friends, all have those kind of friends that are hard to buy for or have everything or just say things like, “your friendship is all I need.” Here are some one-of-a-kind gifts for one-of-a-kind people – unless they are identical twins.

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Give the the Gift of Co-op from Chicago Market! This basket includes a Chicago Market Ownership share, a Chicago Market water bottle, tote bag and gift card. 


Stop into Kopi Cafe and pick up this Ganesh pendant in sterling silver with peridot and rhodolite stones by Roulette 18. Designed designed by Kopi’s own Rhonda Welbel and Lyn Pusztai, you won’t be able to find this item on Amazon.


Have an eco-conscious friend in your life or just want to do your part in saving the environment? Just say no to plastic straws and pick up this Pure Inventions Mason Jar with Metal Straw + Coconut Water Infusion Drops gift package at Revive Spa this holiday season. Did you know that straws do not biodegrade, are nearly impossible to recycle? In support of The Andersonville Chamber’s #sheddthestraw campaign along with the Shedd Aquarium, we are pleased to offer this unique gift.


Seeds Center offers a wide variety of classes for some “me-time” or quality social time new and old friends. Get a gift certificate for one of their scheduled classes or customize your own. The possibilities are endless.  Seeds Center is, in a variety of ways, a multi-experience and multi-inter-generational learning hub – made singularly with the vision of creating a more harmonious society.

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Give your loved ones the gift of magic! Chicago Magic Lounge gift certificates are redeemable for tickets to any of our shows. Ticket prices range from $35.00 – $54.50 Wednesday through Saturday and $10 – $25 Sunday through Tuesday. Please visit our website for more information on each of our shows.

Stop in to Cassona Furniture and Home Accessories for a selection of beautiful vases, picture frames and bookends for the bibliophile in your life and take a sofa home for yourself while you’re there to watch all the games over winter break!


Give a year of theatre with Steep Theatre’s  Steep Pass! It is the year-round ticket to all things Steep and the perfect gift for any theatre-lover. Enjoy a reserved seat at each of Steep’s four plays in 2019, discounted tickets for friends and family, and the knowledge that your part of Chicago’s iconic storefront theatre scene.


Andersonville Antiques is a bevy of hidden gems and treasures including these Vintage Holiday Pins. Embellish a jacket or sweater with these lovely pieces or turn them into ornaments and hang them off your tree.

Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.



In Andersonville, we try not to take things too seriously, unless it’s about shopping local! Here are gifts for the young and young at heart because we all know Adulting is hard.


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Rattleback Records stocks all of your favorite records and the equipment on which to play them. Come pick up a Victrola Modern 3-Speed Bluetooth Turntable with 50 Watt Speakers. Available in White or Black Piano Finish.

Gather your friends and sit down to play LOOP: The Elevated Card Game. Ride the rails of the elevated trains in Chicago’s famous Loop! Match the line colors and stations to make your way around town. This fast-playing card game is perfect for 2-7 players aged 9+. Designed and produced by Transit Tees, LOOP is sure to take your next game night on a fun ride!

No green thumb necessary for these playful, elegant mobiles from designer Natalie Joy at Foyer Shop. Handmade from brass, their graceful movement, perfect balance, and subtle shine will brighten any space.

Give a gift certificate to That’s Weird, Grandma, Barrel of Monkeys’ original sketch show that’s written by kids, performed by grownups, and enjoyed by humans. Now in its eighteenth year! 

This adorable and ultra-soft Dance Puppy by Dasha Designs from Chicago Dance Supply is a great cuddle buddy! It has fluffy light brown fur, wears a pink tutu, and carries pink ballet shoes in its mouth. The perfect gift for any young dancer who likes to perform with their stuffed animals!

You’re never too old for chocolate! These chocolate sauces by Grown Up KidStuff are delicious and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can find them at the Andersonville Galleria

Pick up a StudioUs art gift basket with gift certificate for the young creative in your life. With a flexible class schedule, students progress through projects that emphasize core art concepts including shape, balance, perspective, color mixing, shading, and tone, while advancing from basic line drawings and dry media to photorealistic paintings in watercolor and acrylic paint. 

Pusheen the Cat is hanging out at AlleyCat Comics waiting to be brought home for a snuggle. Get the complimentary tea-set and more! AlleyCat also has all your favorite comics and graphic novels from Superheroes to Supervillains.

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This 9″ LED Musical Train Motion Christmas Retro Television Set available at Brimfield plays Eight Different Christmas Songs!


Did you know that Replay Andersonville has video games that you can play for FREE? Come pick up some gift cards for your neighborhood hangout! There is an extensive rotating craft beer list, with 26 beers on tap and if you get a $100 in gift cards, you can get $25 for yourself!


Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.



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!


Grab a Andersonville Cryotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center holiday 4-Pack for $140. You’ll receive 4 Whole Body Cryotherapy Sessions and feel like a whole new person!

Nasty Pig brand Union Suits from Full Kit Gear are exceptional quality and are great for cuddling up in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights.

No need to be sour during the holidays! We have lemony-lemon flavored items available for your taste buds! Stop into CBD Kratom and pick up Chronic Candy’s 10mg terpene-rich CBD infused lollies, BeeZbeeCBD’s Terps Isolate in Lemon Diesel, and BeeZbeeCBD’s MCT sublingual oil in Lemon (that can be vaped too!) When life gives you lemons, make lemon-aid with CBD!

A bubble bath is never complete without a few fragrant candles burning. These handmade lavender candles from Adorn Candles are sure to relax you and can found at Andersonville Galleria.

Orange Shoe Personal Fitness in Andersonville caters to all. Customize your fitness plan for the new year with a $299 8-Pack Personal Training ($77 Savings) or $99 First Month Unlimited Small Group package. New clients only!

A gift certificate to see Celia at Prevent Chronic Pain and Therapeutic Massage promo is the perfect way to say I love you and get our of foot massages. Use code AVILLE Take 15% off your purchase of one or more paper or electronic gift certificates for your family, friends, employees and yourself. Each session includes 60 or 90 minutes of massage therapy plus assessment as needed. Gift certificates never expire and are always transferrable!

Let Ruby Ribbon change your bra game this holiday season. Your bra is not your friend, nor even a polite acquaintance. At best you put up with her. Your bra is uncomfortable, annoying and ugly. Your bra comes off within minutes of getting home (oftentimes even before you kiss your family hello) Boob Whisperer or Game Changer? One cami can change your life!

Be Yoga Andersonville gift card sale. Purchase $100 for a $120 gift card or $200 for a $250 gift card. All you need to practice yoga is a spine, and it doesn’t even have to be a good one. So come on in and see for yourself how much joy it gives them to teach and practice yoga.


Whether you wear it for comfort, warmth or fashion, this large, pleated square scarf from Akira in Andersonville has you covered. Well, your neck at least. The rest of their clothes show a little skin.

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Don’t have a guestroom for your in-laws? Why not book a stay at The Guesthouse Hotel.  The hotel continues to receive accolades and press for it’s spacious accommodations, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service curated by General Manager, Rick Verkler.


Pick up 60 Minute Massage Gift Card to the newly opened Aligned Modern Health in Andersonville. They are here to help you feel better from day one and do everything they can to get you feeling better in the most efficient manner possible.


Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.



Are you looking for gifts for chefs or chef wannabees? If you want to keep the meals coming and the grubhub bills at bay, pick up some of the delicious options below and give the gift that gives back. 


Swedish American Museum’s The Cranberry Cookbook will have you using up the remainder of your Lingonberry stock.

Kitchari and Lentil Soup Mix with Signature Curry Powder by Chutney Devis is a delightful taste of South India. This collection is Vegan and gluten-free, no corn, soy, salt, added sugar, additives or preservatives! You can order online or pick it up at the Andersonville Galleria.

Filled with nuts and seeds, this naturally sweetened grain free granola made locally by Hungry By Nature is naturally gluten free and seriously addicting. Enjoy sprinkled over your morning smoothie or yogurt, straight from the bag as a quick protein-packed snack, or for dessert! It is a wonderful hostess gift and stocking stuffer too! 

For the Coffee Lover in your life! The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for Everyone is an homage to all things coffee, written by the founders and editors of Sprudge.  This beautiful book features a series of digestible insights covering the basics of brewing and storage, cafe etiquette and essential information about coffee production. Pick up your copy and a cup of coffee at The Coffee Studio.

Give a fun gift that keeps giving – Cooking Classes! The Wooden Spoon offers classes for every palate and skill level. Purchase a class to enjoy with your friends, family or colleagues – or give them a gift certificate toward a class. Everyone can learn something new while eating a delicious meal in our welcoming kitchen.

Customize your own basket or select from one City Olive’s pre-made gift baskets for the foodie on your list! Need Corporate gifts? Along with shipping nationwide, we also deliver to Loop offices! City Olive is creating a wish list for our customers. Sign up in store or send us an email with your list. Let your family and friends know food is your jam this year! Prices vary by basket.


Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.



Closet 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!

Copy of IMG_2098The HMM scissors from Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things are a 2 in 1 tool re-imagined with style. The unique design allows one flip of the tool to turn scissors into a box cutter. The custom-made magnet base keeps the square tip scissors on a firm footing. The blades provide a crisp, accurate cut for almost every type of project, and the wide blades and solid weight will leave you feeling confident as you work.

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The entire country needs your prayers, but so does RBG as she heals from her rib injury. Find out what dissent smells like and pick up this Ruth Bader Ginsberg Prayer Candle at Strange Cargo.

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Who said backpacks have to be bulky? Evenly distribute the weight of your copy of Becoming by Michelle Obama or Summerdale by David Jay Collins (see below) with this handcrafted leather backpack available at Milk Handmade. Its elevated style takes you from the office to cocktails without missing a beat.

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Whether you’re a Harry, Ron or Hermione, an evening of role-play isn’t complete without chocolate wands, chocolate frogs and a bevy of mysterious beans. Before you hop on the train to Hogwarts, make sure you pick up these Harry Potter Confections at Candyality.

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Wood Ornaments feature famous faces burnt into Baltic birch. Foursided is offering a wide variety to trim your tree with!


Give the gift of horror this holiday season – Four gay men. Four addictions. One landlord from Hell. Welcome to Summerdale, the beginning of a series set in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood by local author David Jay Collins. Get it here before Black Friday for a screamin’ deal.



Tired to straining to see the computer screen? Don’t be afraid to strut your nerdy self through Andersonville wearing these Tom Ford eye glasses from MyEyeDr.


Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.



Let’s be honest. No one likes to show up empty handed for a holiday party, but it is so hard to know what to give; flowers die and chocolate isn’t for everyone. Pick up one of these items in Andersonville on your way to your next ugly sweater party. That isn’t an ugly sweater? Sorry our bad.

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HomoLuminous 2019 Calendar by Molly Costello features 12 full color prints of Molly’s original cut paper illustrations. HOMOLUMINOUS explores the ways we are emerging into a new type of human community, one that is glowing, connected, and more equipped than ever to achieve collective liberation.


Copy of KOVAL_750ml_CranGin_F_V2 (6)KOVAL‘s Cranberry Gin Liqueur is made with ingredients sourced directly from local, organic Midwestern farmers and offers an enticing blend of fruit-forward and bittersweet flavors, surrounded by the crisp, well-rounded notes of KOVAL Gin’s signature 13 botanicals.

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You’ve never had trouble getting the bartender’s attention…but sometimes what you’re looking for isn’t on the shelf. Based on a vintage shape, Norcross and Scott‘s signature flask is an elegant way to stash your favorite libations for nights (or days) out—3oz capacity. Stainless Steel.

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Greenheart FairTrade has everything for your dinner party from start to finish and is available at the Andersonville Galleria.


In Fine Spirits Single Barrel Buffalo Trace bourbon – The name refers to an ancient Buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River. 

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The Colectivo Coffee Holiday Collection gift box includes a half-pound each of their three holiday edition coffees: Snow Day, Starry Night (Organic/Fair Trade), and Wonderland.

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Fight off the chilly weather with this cute tea set available in 4 different styles! Set includes 5.5″ stoneware tea cup with matching lid and tea strainer. Whether you have a tea aficionado in your circle or need a simple and cute gift for a hostess, you can find this gem at Andersonville Kitchen & Bath!


Give the gift of warmth and luxury with apparel made from Alpaca fiber from Butterfield Alpaca Ranch at the Andersonville Galleria!  Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, leggings, and more. They also have non-apparel items.


Kiss your loved ones over Mistletoe Evergreen by Edgewater Candles, and take in the woodsy scent of mistletoe infused with the essence of fir needles. All 12oz. soy candles are hand poured in small batches locally and burn for approximately 75 hours. View the complete holiday collection!


Can’t get enough of these giftable items? View all of the 2018 Andersonville Gift Guides, or visit our Holidays in Andersonville landing page.