Whenever I need a quick escape, I head up to Andersonville. Situated on the Northeast side of Chicago in Edgewater, this historically Swedish neighborhood is filled with beautiful old homes, restaurants, bakeries and antique shops... my favorite reason to visit. I'm not an avid antique collector, but there is something about the possibility and hunt that I love. I've found some of my favorite pieces in our home tucked away in this quaint area. Here are my favorite spots for a perfect afternoon spent antiquing in Andersonville.
La Colombe. Fill up on caffeine here first. There are several La Colombe locations throughout Chicago but this one is my favorite. Delicious roasts served in beautiful blue cups.
Swedish Bakery. Take a break from shopping at this historical bakery. Serving traditional Swedish cakes, pastries and cookies for over 80 years. The butter cookies are my favorite... I usually get a box to take home as well.
Hopleaf. Stop for lunch at this Belgian styled restaurant with incredible eats and extensive brews. Don't miss the Mussels and Frites.
Andersonville Antiques. Owned by the nicest people. I always find good stuff here, make sure to check out downstairs as well.
Brimfield. A personal favorite. Filled with vintage tartan wool blankets and old maps.
Brownstone. Packed from floor to ceiling with goods. The perfect spot to hunt down a hidden gem.
Brown Elephant. A thrift store more than antique store, but none the less filled with potential.
Mercantile M. Affordable with a good furniture selection.
Wholly Mammoth. This eclectic one is a must see. Filled with oddities and taxidermy.