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Prepare to fall in love with the quirky charm and welcoming atmo- sphere of Andersonville, Chicago’s Swedish melting pot. A quick train-and-bus ride will deposit you on this visitor-friendly stretch of Clark Street, where shops and restaurants are conveniently clustered— making Andersonville the perfect destination for a walking trip.

SEE.Before diving into the neighborhood’s shopping and dining scene, take a quick tour of the Swed- ish American Museum (5211 N. Clark). For just $3, you’ll learn all about the Swedish immigrants whose culture lives on in the neighborhood surrounding the museum. The exhibits are geared toward families, so don’t worry about having to suffer through another boring history lesson—but even if museums aren’t your cup of tea, the gift shop is a noteworthy stop on it’s own. Brimming with Swedish tchotchkes and traditional candies, the store is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach, and the woman behind the register was all too happy to give us the lowdown on the best baker-

ies and restaurants to visit on our tour.

EAT. Andersonville is the place to indulge your sweet tooth—with a bakery on every corner, you’ll leave with a sugar high that lasts for days. Our favorite stop was the Swedish Bakery (5348 N. Clark), but get there early—the confection- ery is the neighborhood’s supreme, and many of its traditional offerings were gone by the time we even made it through the line. If you’re looking to rest your legs and sit down to a hearty meal, there’s more to An- dersonville’s cuisine than just pastry. Whether it’s home- cooked fare from A Taste of Heaven (5401 N. Clark), city-famous brunch at M. Henry (5707 N. Clark) or a unique twist on a classic burger atHamburger Mary’s (5400 N. Clark), you’ll leave Andersonville



BUY.Talk about a STITCH- approved shopping destina- tion. For thrift store darlings, Mr. & Mrs. Digz (5668 N. Clark) is Andersonville’s answer to Crossroads, but with more high-end labels and vintage accessories than Evanston’s reliable used- clothing depository.Pres- ence (5216 N. Clark) is the place to find that popular trend for less, its statement jewelry and romper collec- tions being particularly note- worthy. But whatever you do, don’t miss the Ander- sonville Galleria (5247 N. Clark). Though budget constraints may restrict your shopping, the fun to be had while browsing makes this collection of small boutiques Clark Street’s hidden gem. We expected to pop in and out, but after an hour and a half found ourselves laden with free chocolate samples and stacks of up-and-coming designers’ business cards. If cupcakes hadn’t been calling from across the street, we could have spent the whole day browsing through the seemingly endless array of jewelry, antiques, and hand-


made crafts. and handmade crafts.



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