Once upon a time, Andersonville was home to Swedish immigrants.
Today, this quaint Chicago neighborhood boasts restaurants serving cuisine from around the world and enough shopping to fill up a long afternoon. Furniture fanatics and antique collectors will delight in the many home décor shops. Plus, it’s just a short drive from the North Shore to Andersonville’s main drag on Clark Street, where you’ll also find a few spots to keep the kiddos entertained.
This handsome shop is filled with beautiful wooden and custom-upholstered antique furniture, as well as all kinds of vintage home accessories and plenty of plaid. Brimfield is a fun stop whether you’re buying or just browsing. 5219 N. Clark St., 773-271-3501
Browse one-of-a-kind jewelry, artwork, home furnishings and clothing made by local and independent merchants. Andersonville Galleria is the perfect place to stock up on thoughtful hostess gifts or score unique finds for your home and wardrobe. 5247 N. Clark St., 773-878-8570
Refuel for the next leg of your Andersonville adventure with a decadent cupcake or ice cream. The Peanut Butter Paradise sundae is worth every last calorie. 5306 N. Clark St., 773-271-7600
If you’re visiting Andersonville with kids, plan a stop at the Swedish American Museum’s Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Kids can get a hands-on lesson in immigration in a Swedish farmhouse, where they’ll learn to milk a cow and collect firewood. 5211 N. Clark St., 773-728-8111
Pick up some high-quality treats or stylish attire for your furry friends at Andersonville’s cutest pet-supply store. Bonus: On most days, you’ll find some adorable puppies roaming the aisles. 5208 N. Clark St., 773-754-8816
Don’t miss the chance to browse (and support) one of Chicago’s oldest and longest-running independent bookstores. In addition to 30,000 books by and about women, Women & Children First also hosts story time for kids and evening readings and discussions with authors. 5233 N. Clark St., 773-769-6729
Round out your day in Andersonville with a leisurely Italian meal at Ombra. Arrive early to get a spot on the lovely patio or sidewalk bar (great for people watching!). Ombra serves cicchetti, small tapas-like dishes that are popular in Venice. The polenta fries and the Nutella Panini are must-order dishes. 5310 N. Clark, 773-506-8600