Andersonville Father’s Day 2018 Roundup

Looking for last minute gifts for dad or a delicious meal out this weekend? Andersonville is a great place to shop, dine, and experience this weekend! Below is a curated selection for our Father’s Day roundup, but please visit our business page for a directory of all of the amazing businesses you can visit in Andersonville this weekend!

A selection of Father's Day finds in the lower level of Andersonville Antiques.

A selection of Father’s Day finds in the lower level of Andersonville Antiques.

GIFTS
Andersonville Antiques | 5245 N. Clark
Take dad into Andersonville Antiques to browse the reclaimed Mid-Century custom-built cabinets and peruse the many different vendors in the lower level.

Alamo Shoes | 5321 N. Clark
Shoes for dad – need we say more? Alamo always has great finds on shoes for work and play!

Andersonville Galleria | 5247 N. Clark
Get lost in the aisles of Andersonville Galleria. Our favorite picks for dad include candles, original Chicago artwork, reclaimed wood bar lights, and more!

Cowboys and Astronauts | 1478 W. Summerdale
Owners Matthew and Greg pay tribute to their dads, aka their “original heroes,” in a recent post, but they also just launched their brand new Midwest Graphic Tees with 11.11% donated back to Center on Halsted. Let’s be honest though; the entire shop is the perfect place to take dad to this weekend!

Foyer Shop | 1480 W. Berwyn
Introduce dad to one of our newer Andersonville shops full of greenery, Foyer! Shop owner Alma is offering a 20% discount on large (8”-10”) plants and a 20% discount on tensor lamps for Father’s Day!

Lots of gifts can be found at Foursided! Get dad what he really wants.

Lots of gifts can be found at Foursided! Get dad what he really wants.

Foursided | 5061 N. Clark
He’s already got too many neckties – time to get the big man what he really wants! There are so many fun goodies at Foursided, it’ll be hard to choose! Just check out the photo above for inspiration.

Hungry by Nature
Have you tried Ellie’s amazing grain-free granola? A recent pop-up at our Farmers Market, she just started selling in the Andersonville Galleria as well, but for dad this weekend, purchase online and use code ‘DAD’ for 15% off your order! Shop now.

A curation of goods available at Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things

A curation of goods available at Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things

Martha Mae: Art Supplies and Beautiful Things | 5407 N. Clark
Owner Jean Cate has curated a lovely collection of items any father would find useful for home or office. We are swooning over the Midori Grain Memo Pad.

Murray & White | 5416 N. Clark
The new Andersonville Collection is finally available at Murray & White! Take a sneak peek at the new drink ware glasses.

Transistor Chicago | 5224 N. Clark
From super cool lamps, to Viynl, books, and unique wall art, Transistor is any dad’s dream shop.

T-SHIRTS
We have so many great options for dad, we had to give t-shirts their own category! Stop in Strange Cargo (5216 N. Clark) for quirky and retro finds, or The T-Shirt Deli (1482 W. Berwyn)  for quick turnaround shits that Dad can make the day-of! Or visit, Transit Tees (5226 N. Clark) for Chicago-inspired designs and CTA train-themed goodies.

EATS
Anteprima | 5316 N. Clark
Anteprima is welcoming all Dads for dinner reservations this Sunday! Bring him by for a meal he’s sure to enjoy. Reserve now.

Bar Roma | 5101 N. Clark
10AM-2PM: Father’s Day Brunch with Complimentary Bombolini Donut for Dads! In addition to the regular brunch menu, executive chef Fred Ramos will offer an array of specials, including: stracciatella soup; sweet corn and arugula salad; wood-grilled Italian sausage frittata; spaghetti alla chitarra; and hazelnut gelato affogato (detailed below). All dads will receive a complimentary bombolini (Italian donut) with vanilla pastry cream to finish their meal.

The BBQ ribs at Fireside.

The BBQ ribs at Fireside.

Fireside Restaurant | 5739 N. Ravenswood
10AM-3PM: Fireside will host their annual Fathers Day Brunch featuring BBQ ribs, prime rib, pot roast and more! Download the menu. Dinner menu starts at 4PM. Call for reservations at 773-561-7433.

Replay Andersonville | 5358 N. Clark
Stop in for brunch Saturday or Sunday morning and let Dad take a turn (or several) on the room full of arcade games!

 

EXPERIENCES

Up close bar magic at the front bar in Chicago Magic Lounge.

Up close magic at the front bar in Chicago Magic Lounge.


Chicago Magic Lounge | 5050 N. Clark
If you don’t have tickets to the show, no sweat! The front bar at Chicago Magic Lounge opens at 5PM nightly for up close bar magic, cocktails like the popular Smoke and Mirrors, and hidden entrances for dad to decipher!

Chicago Foodways Tours | Saigon to Stockholm Tour
11:30AM-3PM | Spend this Sunday with dad touring and eating your way through the Asia on Argyle and Andersonville Neighborhoods with Chicago Foodways Tours! View tickets.

Chicago Methodist Senior Services | 1415 W. Foster
CMSS is offering one-on-one computer classes for Dad! Classes range from computer repair to set-up. Call 773-769-9000 or email computerservices@cmsschicago.org to set up! Download the flyer here.


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – notes from Episode 13 with Hallie Borden of Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal

In this week’s episode, Laura and Sara chat with Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal located next door to each other at 5137 and 5135 N. Clark.  Since 2012, Milk Handmade has been a destination women’s boutique that specializes in merchandise from local and independent designers and features not only apparel, but one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, soaps and candles.

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Hallie recording in Studio C at Transistor.

“I think it’s important to support the people in your backyard if you want to keep living in a place with these type of businesses.”
-Hallie Borden

Listen to Episode 13 with Hallie Borden!

Here are some of the references from Episode 13 that you may want to check out:

  • Hallie used to work in business to business data consulting and was frustrated by the daily office routine and needed more of a creative outlet, so she moved ahead to open Milk Handmade in 2012.
  • When Hallie settled the concept of Milk Handmade, she didn’t even consider opening anywhere else but Andersonville because this neighborhood had the right vibe and demographic. She moved here one year after opening the shop!
  • Milk Handmade is named after Borden Dairy and Hallie used to have several milk crates featured in the shop!
  • Hallie carries mostly local designers at Milk. She specifically mentions Michelle Starbuck Designs as the first jewelry she carried in shop and clothing designer, Suki & Solaine.
One of Hallie's fun Instagram pictures featuring jewelry carried at Milk Handmade, including Michelle Starbuck Designs.

One of Hallie’s fun Instagram pictures featuring jewelry carried at Milk Handmade, including Michelle Starbuck Designs.

  • Last year, Hallie opened Honey Bridal with her sister Dana with the goal of allowing brides to really be themselves in a comfortable environment. View the designers they carry here. 
  • Hallie likes to visit Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark), Vincent (1475 W. Balmoral), Bar Roma (5101 N. Clark)  or Anteprima (5316 N. Clark) after a good day in the shop to spend her money locally, and then those businesses in turn are cycling the money back through the community as well
  • Sauvie is Hallie’s 10 year old retired greyhound, the “gentle giant” who hangs out at Milk Handmade on the couch in the back of the shop.
  • Hallie is a strong believer of letting her customers see both her personality and Milk’s products together on social media, particularly on her Instagram
  • Hallie has Janelle Monae’s recent album on repeat right now and is a big lover of muisc and concerts overall
  • If given the chance to switch places with another business owner in Andersonville for the day, Hallie would want to trade places with Larry at Scout (5221 N. Clark) 

Anniversary Party Image

Hallie’s own clothing label for Milk Handmade will launch this Thursday, June 14 at the Milk and Honey anniversary party! Click here for the details

 

Visit Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal on the following platforms:
Online: milkhandmade.com | honey-bridal.com
Facebook: facebook.com/MilkHandmade | facebook.com/honeybridalchicago
Instagram: @milkhandmade | @honeybridalchicago
Twitter: @MilkChicago | @honey_bridal


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – notes from episode 12.4 with Shelly Fuerte of Lakeside Pride and Midsommarfest FAQs

In this episode, Sara Dinges and Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber give you a rundown of this weekend’s Andersonville Midsommarfest highlights, plus we are joined by Shelly Fuerte, Vice President of the Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac Block Club, otherwise known as the WFCW and singer in the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Latin Band. Shelly and her band will be playing Midsommarfest on Sunday, June 10 on the Center Stage at Berwyn at 1PM.

Opening ceremonies at Midsommarfest include the traditional Swedish maypole dance.

Opening ceremonies at Midsommarfest include the traditional Swedish maypole dance.

Listen to Episode 12.4 with Shelly Fuerte and our Midsommarfest Preview!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.4 that you may want to check out:

Midsommarfest FAQs

  • Laura and Sara discuss details about tonight’s fest kickoff and the weekend ahead, particularly the Friday Night expansion and block party, and the Saturday morning opening ceremonies at 11AM featuring the maypole dance.
  • This year, we have 14 non-profits benefiting from Midsommarfest. View the full list!
  • If you want to donate directly to a Senn highschooler, Senn students are staffing the Summerdale gates (East and West) on Saturday, June 9 from 10AM-6PM
  • Midsommarfest is going ALL CANS this year. We are giving away 100 FREE koozies to the first 100 people to donate at the gates and koozies will be for sale at the Chamber Booth all weekend 
  • Music: Fest favorites Mucca Pazza and Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press are returning to Midsommarfest this year. Local Bands too! View the lineup here.
  • Our Alamo Playlot will feature Kids  & Family activates including an agility demonstration from Urban Pooch on the Summerdale Stage at 1:15PM on Sunday, June 10. Check out who’s featured
  • The Chicago Equality Rally returns on Sunday, June 10 at Noon at the Balmoral Pride Stage featuring speaker Rick Garcia, with elected officials, the Senn High School Orchestra, and more. 
The Lakeside Pride Ensembles Latin Band

The Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Latin Band

“That’s what everyone wants to do – Is really just laugh and sing and dance and live and not be judged and not be told that you can’t.”
– Shelly Fuerte

Lakeside Pride Latin Band and Shelly Fuerte 

  • Shelly moved here to Andersonville in 2012 with her husband from Jackson Hole, WY and fell in love with the neighborhood.
  • Shelly is a road manager, (programming Jane Lynch at City Winery on November 30), a programmer for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and also sells essential oils on the side.
  • WFCW is one the longest standing block clubs in Chicago
  • Shelly has been performing with Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles for the last 2 or 3 years. Shelly and her husband are both trombone players and were looking for something nearby
  • There are 12 ensembles with Lakeside Pride! View them here. Shelly was previously involved with the Symphonic Band and Cabaret band, but wanted to start the Latin Band.
  • The name of the Latin Band is Tako Toosday, as they rehearse on Tuesdays and always get tacos after! Of the 17-member ensemble, 75% is female or female identified
  • Shelly’s favorite song to perform is Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida
     and many of the other ensemble members are involved in picking songs for the group 
  • Shelly is also involved in Friends of Andersonville, one of our beneficiaries working the beer booths during Midsommarfest weekend.
  • Folks can join one of the ensembles of Lakeside Pride online or visit the group at this weekend’s festival to learn more. 
  • If given the chance of the day, Shelly would choose to switch places with Jameson Loves Danger (5208 N. Clark)  because she loves animals and the owners and employees who work there. Folks can register their own dogs at the Midsommarfest Pet Parade this weekend, sponsored by Jameson Loves Danger, on Saturday, June 9 at 12PM. 

“ I think it’s so special to have a really local business care so much about what they are doing.”
– Shelly Fuerte

Visit Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles on these platforms:
Online: lakesidepride.org
Facebook: facebook.com/LakesidePride
Instagram: @lakesidepride
Twitter: @LakesidePride
YouTube: Lakeside Pride


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes from episode 12.3 with Edgewater Candles

In our third of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we speak with candle creators Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman, the duo behind our local favorite, Edgewater Candles. With scents like Cedar Lavender, Tobacco Tonka, and the ever-popular Fraser Fir during the winter months, these soy wax candles will warm up any office, home or studio. You can currently find Edgewater Candles stocked at Foursided in Andersonville (5061 N. Clark), at many markets around Chicago, at this weekend’s Midsommarfest, and at the Andersonville Farmers Market this season.

Stephen Pearlman (left) and Mark Towns (right) of Edgwater Candles, recording in Transistor's Studio C.

Stephen Pearlman (left) and Mark Towns (right) of Edgwater Candles, recording in Transistor’s Studio C.

“I try to pour 108 candles before bed each night. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t, but it’s a good goal.
– Mark Towns

Listen to Episode 12.3 with Mark and Stephen!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.3 that you may want to check out:

“Right now we have a factory shoved into our apartment, and soon we’ll have a little tiny apartment shoved in the back of a factory.”
– Edgewater Candles

  • Edgewater Candles collaborated with Jenny of Three Letter Birds for their limited edition champagne candle label, and hope to do more label collaborations in the future 
  • Laura mentions the Tomato Leaf candle as a fan favorite at the Andersonville Farmers Market – Edgewater Candles offers different seasonal selections throughout the year
Edgewater Candles seasonal tomato leaf candle

Edgewater Candles seasonal tomato leaf candle

  • Edgewater Candles developed their Woodsmoke candle specifically off a request from shop Strange Lovely, and it has since developed into one of their most popular scents
  • Cedar Lavender, to date, is the most popular scent that Edgewater Candles currently sells
  • If given the chance to trade places with Andersonville businesses for a day, Mark would choose either Foursided (5061 N. Clark) or Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark), and Stephen concurs! Speaking of Hopleaf, they are one of Stephen’s favorite restaurants in Chicago because of their seasonal and extensive vegetarian menu.

Find Mark and Stephen this weekend at Midsommarfest between Summerdale and Balmoral on the East side of Clark right by Calo Ristorante (5343 N. Clark). They are also one of the select vendors coming out to our new Open Streets block party on Friday night June 8 as well!

Photo by Edgewater Candles.

Photo by Edgewater Candles.

Visit the Edgewater Candles on these platforms:
Online: edgewatercandles.com
Facebook: facebook.com/edgewatercandles
Instagram: @edgewatercandles

 

 


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – notes from episode 12.2 with Alderman Harry Osterman

In our second of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest, today we are joined by Harry Osterman, Alderman of the 48th Ward which includes the communities of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown’s Argyle Street. Alderman Osterman is a lifelong resident of the 48th Ward and prior to becoming Alderman in 2011, Harry served in Springfield for 11 years as State Representative of the 14th District. He is known for boots-on-ground public service, focusing on improving public safety, local neighborhood schools and supporting small businesses.

(from left) Laura Austin, Sara Dinges and Alderman Harry Osterman record in Studio C.

(from left) Laura Austin, Sara Dinges and Alderman Harry Osterman record in Studio C.

“Trying to find ways that local businesses can support the schools is really critical for keeping people within a community.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

Listen to Episode 12.2 with Alderman Osterman!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.2 that you may want to check out:

  • Listen to find out what book Harry picked up from Women & Children First the day we recorded the podcast.
  • Harry shares that he has lived on three streets in Andersonville: Summerdale, Balmoral and Catalpa.
  • Harry’s mom, Kathy, was Alderman of the 48th Ward in the 1980s and once held an International St. Patrick’s Day parade. We chat about bringing this event back!
  • Every summer, Harry’s office hosts over 100 outdoor events to promote safe spaces and help build community. Hear about Harry’s vision for public safety – both in the 48th Ward and Chicago.

“When people come together it creates safety.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

  • One of these events grew into the Argyle Night Market, about which Harry discusses the inception and how it has evolved over the years.
  • Harry is a strong supporter of the neighborhood schools. The Andersonville Chamber has partnered with Senn High School for this year’s Midsommarfest! Make sure to visit them this weekend as our gate donation beneficiaries.
Harry and the community celebrating the opening of the Glenwood Greenway in summer 2017.

Harry and the community celebrating the opening of the Glenwood Greenway in summer 2017.

  • Andersonville’s new Glenwood Greenway was a project spearheaded by the 48th Ward and CDOT and inspired by a trip to Copenhagen the Alderman took in 2011.
  • Harry references the CTA Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project that is coming up in 2020 or 2021 for our community. Learn more here.
  • Harry discusses being an early supporter of President Barack Obama, as well as a memorable visit First Lady Michelle made to Andersonville where she visited the former Charlie’s Alehouse at (5308 N Clark ) which is now Octavio.
  • Harry shares his vision of leadership – which includes listening, community involvement and fostering feedback from neighbors – as well as what keeps him motivated each day. He also mentions getting involved and volunteering at places like Care for Real (5339 N. Sheridan).
  • If given the chance to trade places with and Andersonville business, Harry would pick to work at Calo Ristorante (5343 N. Clark) for a day.
Harry with the Senn High School Wrestling Team.  Fun fact: Senn's Wrestling team has more female wrestlers than any other CPS high school!

Harry with the Senn High School Wrestling Team. Fun fact: Senn’s Wrestling team has more female wrestlers than any other CPS high school!

“Everybody can find a way to get involved.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

Visit the 48th Ward on these platforms:
Online: 48thward.org
Facebook: facebook.com/48thward
Instagram: @48thwardchicago
Twitter: @48ward


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for episode 12.1 with David Jay Collins

In our first of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we are treated to a special conversation with local author David Jay Collins, who you can meet in person at Midsommarfest this weekend! David is the indie author of Gaybash, a story about love, friendship, and consequences for trying to be someone else; and Summerdale, a haunted house thriller set in Andersonville and due to release this October. We even hear excerpts from both novels in this episode!

Author David Jay Collins reads from Gaybash in Transistor's Studio C.

Author David Jay Collins reads from Gaybash in Transistor’s Studio C.

“To have complete strangers connect with what I’ve done and what I’ve written means the world to me, and has encouraged me to keep going.”
– David Jay Collins on Gaybash

Listen to Episode 12.1 with David Jay Collins!

 Here are some of the references from Episode 12.1 that you may want to check out:

  • The title, “Gaybash,” was chosen to be provocative and eye-catching. Gaybash is available to purchase locally at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark ) or online via David’s website.
  • Laura mentions the 5 tenants David follows as an artists and writer. View them on his website here. 
  • David mentions he was inspired by The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which uses non-traditional writing methods to engage the reader in the story, and is considered by many to be one of the first mystery novels
  • Along with writing, David makes art with paper. He notes the parallels between expectations in art, and the expectations made when fleshing out a character in the novel. He has donated some of his work to the Chicago House, and you can view the artwork gallery on his website.
One of David's paper buildings.

One of David’s paper buildings.

  • David is drawn to local areas and neighborhoods, and while Summerdale will focus on Andersonville, Gaybash is set in Lakeview and pays homage to businesses such as Roscoes.
  • Summerdale, due to release Part 1 in October 2018, is going to be a part of a series that releases every October. Collins mentions that the upcoming release will not have full conclusions, but will continue through the years.
  • David chose Andersonville for the open-minded, diverse, and welcoming community that the neighborhood creates. He hopes the business owners in Andersonville are okay with the Devil stopping in for brunch!
  • Businesses mentioned in this episode include Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale), TrueNorth Café (5507 N Clark), Brimfield (5219 N. Clark ) and Transistor (5224 N. Clark), but David would trade places with the staff at Women and Children First if given the chance!
  • The Kickstarter campaign for Summerdale is now live. Support David’s work!
Support David's Kickstarter for Summerdale, which is live now!

Support David’s Kickstarter for Summerdale, which is live now!

“I wanted this to be read by anyone, and understood by anyone, and could inspire anyone at the same time.”
– David Jay Collins

David’s booth will be located at Midsommarfest just north of the Andersonville Chamber booth at Clark and Berwyn on the west side of Clark for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Come say hello!

 

Visit David Jay Collins on these platforms:
Online: davidjaycollins.com
Facebook: facebook.com/davidjaycollins
Instagram: @davidjaycollins
Twitter: @davidjaycollins
YouTube: GaybashBook
Kickstarter: Summerdale, and LGTB Horror Series


#ALWAYSANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 11 WITH JULIEANNE EHRE

Our guest this week is Julieanne Ehre, founder and director of Pivot Arts and the Pivot Arts Festival. With a focus on creative producing, Pivot Arts bridges the gap between theatre, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times, including a recent “Live Talk” engagement at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark). The organization is quickly approaching the 6th year of their festival celebrating contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works. The festival returns to Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods this week, running June 1 – June 10, 2018.

(from left) Laura, Joelle and Julieanna in studio for #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

(from left) Laura, Joelle and Julieanne in studio for #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

“We are really trying to amplify the arts in these neighborhoods”
– Julieanne Ehre

Listen to Episode 11 with Juileanne Ehre!

Here are some of the references from Episode 11 that you may want to check out:

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Check out the full Pivot Arts Fest lineup here for June 1 – 10, 2018!

“The arts enable you to transcend reality”
– Julieanne Ehre

Visit Pivot Arts on these platforms:
Online: pivotarts.org
Facebook: facebook.com/PivotArts
Instagram: @pivotarts
Twitter: @PivotArts


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for episode 10 with Mike Rivera

The newly redesigned 2018-19 edition of the Andersonville Neighborhood Guide is launching next week, and we are very excited to share it with the community and beyond! This week on the podcast, we sat down with one of the members of our guide design team, freelance photographer Mike Rivera, to discuss his pathway to photography and what it was like to photograph over 20 of our businesses for this very special publication.

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The cover of the 2018-19 Neighborhood Guide. Mike shot the water tower from the roof of the Swedish American Museum.

“If you could describe a neighborhood, you would describe it by the people who live there…this was the spirit of Andersonville.”
– Mike Rivera

Listen to Episode 10 with Mike Rivera!

Here are some of the references from Episode 10 that you may want to check out:

  • We were originally connected to Mike through mutual colleagues from Uptown United. Mike photographed the Uptown neighborhood for both their 2018 guide, as well as for North Magazine.
  • Over the course of photographing businesses for us, Mike had the chance to meet and hear the stories of over 20 of our business owners. We asked him which stories stuck out, and he mentions a specific conversation with Scott Martin, owner of Svea Restaurant (5236 N. Clark)  and Simon’s Tavern (5210 N. Clark) , in which we learned a lot of history and saw many artifacts from Andersonville’s early days.
An old liquor bottle Scott discovered in the ceiling tiles of the basement of Simon's after taking ownership. We were treated to a special viewing of the basement, and a fascinating history lesson, during Scott's Neighborhood Guide photo session with Mike.

An old liquor bottle Scott discovered in the ceiling tiles of the basement of Simon’s after taking ownership. We were treated to a special viewing of the basement, and a fascinating history lesson, during Scott’s Neighborhood Guide photo session with Mike.

  • One of Mike’s professional influencers in Chicago has been Chris Walker. He’s the longest running tenured photojournalist at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Mike’s current photography show is on display at District Chicago called No Humans Around. Our new guide even reflects one of these types of photographs with the cover shot of the up close Water Tower!
  • Spoiler alert: Mike would trade places with ALL of the businesses in Andersonville!
Mike recording this episode in Transistor's Studio C.

Mike recording this episode in Transistor’s Studio C.

“I’m just trying to be as honest as I can with what I see.”
– Mike Rivera

Mike is one of several creatives behind the brand new Neighborhood Guide: we hope to have graphic designer Michael Newman of estudiotres on the podcast in the coming months, and we also used beautiful Midsommarfest photography by Starbelly Studios. Our local printer, Fisheye Graphic Services, INC., was the mastermind behind bringing the digital form to printed reality!

To request a mailed copy of the 2018-19 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide, please fill out our request form, or plan to pick one up in person at Midsommarfest, June 8-10 from the Andersonville Chamber booth!

A preview shot of Michael and Louise Roper of Hopleaf during their photo shoot with Mike for the guide.

A preview shot of Michael and Louise Roper of Hopleaf during their photo shoot with Mike for the guide.

“This place is a gold mine for the stories of Chicago.”
– Mike Rivera

Visit Mike Rivera Photography on these platforms:
Online: mikeriveraphoto.com
Instagram: @mikeriveraphoto | @nohumansaround


#ALWAYSANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 9 WITH EARLY TO BED

This week, we are joined by Searah Deysach, the owner of  Early to Bed, Chicago’s only women-oriented, trans-friendly, boy-friendly, queer, and all gender positive sex shop located at 5044 N Clark. This diverse business is dedicated to helping you explore your sexuality to the fullest, without fear, and they are one of the destinations for our upcoming Andersonville Wine Walk, this Sunday, May 20!

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

“We like to be that space where someone can ask that question that they’ve never known who to turn to before, on how to make their body feel better.”
– Searah Deysach 

Listen to Episode 9 with Searah Deysach!

Here are some of the references from Episode 9 that you may want to check out:

  • Searah was inspired to found Early to Bed by her dissatisfaction with the local sex shops around Chicago. She wanted a business that focused on education, safety, and comfort; all things she wasn’t able to find at other establishments. Now she loves what she does: helping other people love what they do! Learn more about Early to Bed here.
  • Searah wants to make sure the “first time sex shop walker-inner” is comfortable and not scared of the experience.
  • Searah mentions the issues regarding medical research into sex, specifically for women. On the Early to Bed website, Searah lists several advice columns on everything from the G-spot to Open Relationships.
  • In addition to Early to Bed, Searah has also created two websites geared towards gender-inclusion: FTM essentials and Trans Kids. These webstores feature packing gear and more for everyone’s needs, big or small!
  • Classes at Early to Bed –
  • Within the community, Searah does a lot of outreach. Request her presentations here!
  • Searah also mentions being on the Board for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and loving getting involved and meeting fellow business owners from the Andersonville community. Learn more about the Board here.
  • If she didn’t have her current career, Searah would want to own a store, where she wouldn’t have to do social media! All kidding aside, she’d see herself in women’s health. She also thought it would be fun to trade places with the owners of Women and Children First (5233 N Clark) or anyone who serves drinks in the neighborhood.
Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

“I love that I am contributing to the health of this neighborhood.”
– Searah Deysach

Visit Early to Bed on these platforms:
Online: early2bedshop.com
Facebook: facebook.com/early2bed
Instagram: @early2bed
Twitter: @Earlytobed


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for Bonus Episode 1 with the Andersonville Farmers Market and Chicago Patchwork Farms

In honor of opening day for the Andersonville Farmers Market (Wednesday, May 9), we have launched our first bonus episode of the podcast! In studio, we are joined by Katie Williams from Chicago Patchwork Farms and Joan Oberndorf, market manager of Andersonville’s Farmers Market. Chicago Patchwork Farms is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating unused land in the city into beautiful, usable green spaces, and has been a vendor at the market since 2014. Their farm is located at 2825 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park.

The Andersonville Farmers market is NOW OPEN for the season on Wednesdays from May 9 – August 29 (3-8PM) and September 5 – October 17 (3-7PM) along Berwyn between Clark and Ashland.

Katie Williams  of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

Katie Williams of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

“Getting to ask the farmer about how they treat their employees I think is an important question, which is something you can’t ask at the grocery store.”
– Katie Williams

Listen to BONUS Episode 1 with Joan Oberndorf and Katie Williams!

Here are some of the references from Bonus Episode 1 that you may want to check out:

  • The Chicago Patchwork Farms provides a food services to locals (CSA), where consumers can pay yearly and receive a bag of fresh vegetables each week. Click here to learn how to buy.
  • The Farmers Market is a great way to support small farmers and local businesses. All of the food in Andersonville’s market is sourced within 200 miles. For more information regarding our market, click here.
  • Being sustainable is a very important to both the Chicago Patchwork Farm and to the Andersonville Farmers Market. Katie has the word “sustain” tattooed on her arm!
  • A lot of research goes into rehabilitating areas in Chicago for farm use. Katie says brussel sprouts, cabbages, and cauliflower are the hardest to grow in an urban environment, and the easiest to grow in your backyard are tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants! Katie recommends buying fruiting plants, like cherry tomatoes, in the small variety to try our in your backyard for the first time.
  • Joan divulges that she loves all vegetables, but has grown to really love the mystery behind shishito peppers. Learn how to cook them!
  • In addition to growing their own plants, the Chicago Patchwork Farm also rents out their space for events. The events include a tour of the gardens and the rest of the space. Katie recalls how she visited two weddings that were hosted at the farm! To book your event or get more information on the spaces available, contact the Farm here.
  • This season, the Andersonville Farmers Market will be welcoming new vendors! One of which is a East Indian food vendor, Chiya Chai Café, along with a crepe maker, Gotta B Crepes! Along with these two prepared food makers, Chicago Patchwork Farms will have twice the space and twice the vegetables, in addition to new organic vendors, like American Pride Micro Farm. To see the full list of vendors for the market season, please visit the Farmers Market website.
  • Joan also works part time for defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery (also a market vendor and permanently located at 1477 W Balmoral), but would love to trade places with the staff at Women and Children First (5233 N Clark ).

Over 30 vendors set up on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland every Wednesday for the Andersonville Farmers Market season.

Visit Andersonville Farmers Market on these platforms:
Online: andersonville.org/farmersmarket
Facebook: facebook.com/AvilleFarmersMarket
Instagram: @avillefarmersmarket

Visit Chicago Patchwork Farms on these platforms:
Online: chicagopatchworkfarms.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ChicagoPatchworkFarms
Instagram: @chicagopatchworkfarms