A Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale Gift Guide

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LOGAN SQUARE – Local shopping in Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale has never been easier – or more fun.

Block Club has brought together neighborhood must-haves, including An Orange Moon in Humboldt Park and Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, which recently moved from Logan Square to Avondale, as well as new shops that have popped up in recent years. years.

Unique gifts abound in each store, from obscure vinyl records and houseplants to vintage trinkets and handmade jewelry.

Below are some places to shop this holiday season:

Logan Square

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Blake Karlson, owner of the new Avondale Signal Records store at 3156 W. Diversey Ave.

Signal Records, 2845 N. Milwaukee Ave. Instagram.

You can impress your music-loving friends and family with vinyl from Signal Records, a new record store in Logan Square and the Avondale border run by Blake Karlsonlongtime member of the Chicago punk and hardcore scene and founder of the Chicago Research label.

Signal stocks hundreds of thousands of albums, but specializes in rare post-punk, experimental, global and industrial music. Standouts include German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten’s “Strategies Against Architecture” ($29.99) and “Great Punk Hits” ($149.99), a compilation of Japan’s quintessential hardcore and punk music.

Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. daily. 773-654-3781.

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Pixie & The Boy Gifts, 2605 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Pixie and the Boy, 2605 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.

Selling handmade jewelry, flower pots and “things to make you smile”, Pixie & The Boy has become a favorite spot in Logan Square for hostesses and birthday gifts ever since. opening on the square Last year.

The bright shop is also full of holiday goodies, including a 12-inch cutting/serving board ($25), Logan Square candle from Chicago Wick Stop ($32), and Desert Fleur scent from Bohemian Rêves ($48). , as well as accessories. made by owner Trish Carnevale.

Open Wednesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is closed from Monday to Tuesday. 773-687-9233.

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Logan Mercantile, 3505 W. Fullerton Ave.

Logan Mercantile, 3505 W. Fullerton Ave. Website.

Logan Mercantile opened last year with a mission to elevate everyday household items such as brushes and brooms. The shop is run by Kitty Izzo, who also owns the nearby bar, Park & ​​Field, with her husband Dave Nalezny.

Everything in Logan Mercantile begs to be neatly wrapped in holiday paper and placed under a lighted tree. Izzo uses his background in high-end merchandising to choose the store’s offerings, which include a phonograph brush ($27), a six-bit screwdriver made by a cabinetmaker in England ($42) and a double pack of glass natural and rubber baby bottles ($55).

Hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. The shop is closed from Monday to Tuesday. 312-776-2987.

Humboldt Park

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Lynne McDaniel is co-owner of An Orange Moon, a mid-century furniture store in Humboldt Park.

An Orange Moon, 2418 W. North Ave. Website.

A Humboldt Park fixture since 2011, An Orange Moon is filled with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that make stellar holiday gifts, like a Van Briggle Vase ($125) and an oil painting of Chicago by local artist Melvin King. ($795). ).

Looking for big gifts that won’t fit under the tree? The boutique also sells sleek mid-century modern furniture, including chairs, sofas and bookshelves, all curated by husband-and-wife owners Lynne and Ty McDaniel.

An Orange Moon is open by appointment from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 773-276-6726.

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Victoria Taufique shows off the candles at the newly renovated and reopened Botanica Victoria in Humboldt Park on June 27, 2022.

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The must-see Botanica Victoria in Humboldt Park sells a range of crystals, herbal remedies and natural homewares with healing properties. Consider agate plates ($5-25) or a natural-scented candle with a reusable cauldron ($18). Candles promote calm, love and attraction and spiritual cleansing.

Botanica Victoria was closed for two years during the pandemic. Meanwhile, longtime owner Rosalinda Taufique nearly died of COVID-19. When Taufique recovered, her family stepped in to revive the 30-year-old shop so Taufique could get back to doing what she loves: running her neighborhood botánica.

“I don’t treat my customers like customers; I treat them like family,” Taufique said earlier this year.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 773-252-0682.

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You can buy plants and bottled soft drinks at Succulent City and Bendición Dry Bar, 2540 W. Division St.

The Succulent City and Bendición Dry Bar, 2540 W. Division St. Website.

We could all use a little more greenery in our lives, especially during Chicago’s gray and dreary winters. Luckily, there’s Marcus Kirby, a houseplant enthusiast whose new boutique in Humboldt Park is brimming with cacti, succulents and tropical plants.

Shoppers will also find soft drinks at the store, thanks to new partner Cristina Torres, founder of Bendicion Dry Bar. Kirby and Torres recently joined forces after realizing they shared a similar mission of bringing the community together around plants and sober fun.

For holiday gifts, you can nab a Calathea Plant in a P&P Pot ($45), an Old Man Cactus in a Solar Pot ($20), and Noughty Wine ($28 each). Plants and pots can be ordered on line for pickup or delivery.

Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.

Avondale

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The Creepy Co. Blanket ($39.99) at The Horror House.

The House of Horrors, 2911 W. Belmont Ave. Website.

Avondale has become a destination for horror-themed stores and businesses in recent years. One of the newest additions to the neighborhood scene is The Horror House, a horror-themed collectibles store from owners Vinny Malave, Moses Gibson and Aaron Gaston.

Among the store’s offerings are the Fanny Devito Fanny Pack ($34.99), Harebrained Pin ($11.99), and Creepy Co. Blanket ($39.99), all of which could make fun gifts.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The shop is closed on Mondays. 773-942-6755.

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Gifts from Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, 2845 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, 2845 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.

Last year neighborhood favorite Bric-a-Brac has left his Logan Square home for a larger space on Milwaukee Avenue in Avondale. The new store is brimming with even more records, collectibles, and curios that will delight any pop culture fanatic on your vacation list.

Possible gifts include a limited-edition Gang of Four box set with unreleased music and a 100-page book ($175), unsold Star Wars ceramics ($15-$35), and vintage Brazilian Masters of the Universe skateboards. Universe ($35).

After shopping at Bric-à-Brac, go The Brewed, a horror-themed cafe the owners opened earlier this year in conjunction with the Record and Collectibles Store. In addition to coffee and snacks, the cafe sells brand t shirts with spooky patterns.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. “most days”. 773-654-3915.

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The Insect Asylum is an insect and taxidermy museum that doubles as a community center.

The Insect Asylum, 2870 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.

Arguably Avondale’s most unique company is The insect asylum, an insect museum and community center run by lifelong nature lover Nina Salem. The museum houses over 2,500 insects, taxidermy and other specimens.

For your insect-loving nephew or cousin, The Insect Asylum offers a range of classes around beetle and butterfly pinning, wet specimens, and owl pellet dissection (from $45). The museum also sells resin jewelry of butterflies and insects (from $15).

The more adventurous should consider the shop’s Holiday Mystery Box ($100), which includes a class pass, resin jewelry, and other oddities.

To find out the opening hours, go to here. 312-961-7219.

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