Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale July 28-30
When: Friday- Sunday, July 28-30, 2017 store hours vary
Where: 5000 to 5800 North Clark Street
The stores of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood will be lining the sidewalks with great bargains during the annual Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale.
During the Summer Sidewalk Sale, the Women & Children First Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at 5233 North Clark. The WCF Used Book Sale benefits the Women’s Voices Fund, whose goal is to foster discussion of feminist issues and culture, and to nurture children’s delight in books.
2017 Sidewalk Sale Participating Businesses
AKIRA | 5228 N. Clark
Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off the ENTIRE STORE, CRAZY CLEARANCE PRICES, PAXTON Brand Basics Buy 2 Get 1 Free
Alamo Shoes | 5321 N. Clark
Featuring: Summer styles and back to school specials
Andersonville Antiques | 5245 N. Clark
Featuring: Antiques and mid-century furniture
Andersonville Cryotherapy and Athletic Recovery Center | 5052 N. Clark
Featuring: Whole Body Cryotherapy Treatments for $35, CryoFacials $30
Andersonville Galleria | 5247 N. Clark
Featuring: A variety of merchandise from over 90 different vendors
Be Yoga Andersonville | 5715 N. Clark
Featuring: $35 for 30 days unlimited. Introductory special. Beginners welcome! Promo code: Andersonville
Candyality | 5225 N. Clark
Featuring: Tasty treats for the whole family
Cassona Home Furnishings and Accessories | 5241 N. Clark
Featuring: Furniture and home decor
Crossroads Trading Co. | 5127 N. Clark
Featuring: Environmentally conscious clothing: Whether it’s the environmental impact of fast fashion or the inaccessible-to-most luxury market, Crossroads offers an alternative. Extend the life of your wardrobe by buying and selling recycled clothing
Foursided | 5061 N. Clark
Featuring: Cards, art prints, house hold items, and vintage
Gus Giordano Dance School | 5230 N. Clark
Featuring: New Summer items including tank tops, tote bags, and T-shirts
Jameson Loves Danger | 5208 N. Clark
Featuring: Sale on winter jackets and sweaters as well as select food, treats, toys, and other supplies
Jerry’s | 5419 N. Clark
Featuring: An outdoor pop-up of unique handmade silver jewelry and accessories from Nomadic Ant
KOVAL Distillery | 5121 N. Ravenswood
Featuring: In-store spirit sampling and discounts on KOVAL Apparel, books, and glassware for the sale
Mercantile M | 5409 1/2 N. Clark
Featuring: Vintage and antique furniture and home accessories
Milk Handmade | 5137 N. Clark
Featuring: Small-run, handcrafted women’s clothing and accessories
Murray & White | 5416 N. Clark
Featuring: Gifts and home accessories
Norcross & Scott | 1476 W. Berwyn
Featuring: Home decor and furniture
On The Rocks | 5709 N. Clark
Featuring: Rocks/minerals/stones, jewelry, books, and clearance items
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness | 5609 N. Clark
Featuring: $50 off Unlimited Small Group Training and Buy 8 Personal Training Sessions, Get 2 Free
Painted Light Photography + Framing Gallery | 1742 W. Balmoral
Featuring: Storewide inventory reduction featuring local + eclectic artwork, frames, and general cool stuff
PRESENCE | 5216 N. Clark
Featuring: $1, $5, $10 clothing racks
Robert Jeffery Hair Studio | 5142 N. Clark
Featuring: Specials on Bumble&bumble, Artego, and Neuma hair products
Roost | 5634 N. Clark
Featuring: Antique and vintage furniture
SCOUT | 5221 N. Clark
Featuring: Furniture and home decor
Sparkles Fine Jewelry | 5405 N. Clark
Featuring: Sterling Silver jewelry and Men’s bracelets
Swedish American Museum | 5211 N. Clark
Featuring: Swedish treasures – new and old
Toys et Cetera | 5311 N. Clark
Featuring: Sales on toys and games
Transistor | 5224 N. Clark
Featuring: Lamps, local art, home accessories, vinyl and vinyl accessories, and more
Transit Tees | 5226 N. Clark
Featuring: Rack of sale t-shirts
Turley Road | 5239 N. Clark
Featuring: 1/2 off all summer merchandise
Winifred Grace, Inc. | 5642 N. Clark
Featuring: Clothing and rugs
Women & Children First | 5233 N. Clark
Featuring: The annual used book sale with proceeds benefiting the Women’s Action Fund. Sale takes place on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30
The Wooden Spoon | 5047 N. Clark
Featuring: Kitchen gear and accessories
History of Andersonville
Andersonville’s roots as a community extend well back into the 19th century, when immigrant Swedish farmers started moving north into what was then a distant suburb of Chicago. In the 1850’s the area north of Foster and east of Clark was a large cherry orchard. The neighborhood’s first school was built in 1854 at the corne.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Swedish immigrants, who could not afford to build homes of stone or brick, began to move outside of the city’s in Andersonville in homes surrounding Clark Street.
Before long, the entire commercial strip was dominated by Swedish businesses. The local churches, such as Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Bethany Methodist Episcopal Church, First Evangelical Free Church and St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, were also built by Swedes.
Swedes began to move to the suburbs during the Depression and post-war and the neighborhood began to decline. The Uptown Clark Street Business Association renamed itself the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. In October 1964, Andersonville was rededicated in a ceremony attended by Chicago Mayor Daley and Illinois Governor Otto Kerner.
While some of the Swedish-owned businesses gave way to stores and restaurants owned by Koreans, Lebanese, and Mexicans, many remained in Andersonville, serving the remaining second and third-generation Swedes as well as the new arrivals to the neighborhood.
The Swedish American Museum was founded in 1976 and was opened to the public in a ceremony attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who returned in 1988 to dedicate new and larger quarters at 5211 North Clark Street.
In the late 1980s, Andersonville began a revival as new groups discovered affordable housing stock, easy access to downtown and the lakefront and the unique commercial district. A large lesbian and gay population developed, spurred by the such businesses as Women & Children First. New shops and eateries giving Clark Street new vitality and diversity.
Today, Andersonville is comprised almost entirely of unique, locally owned, independent businesses. The vast majority of Andersonville merchants have ties in the community beyond their business.
They live in or near to the neighborhood, serve on community committees or boards, provide funds, goods, and time to local charities. Andersonville has become a magnet for all kinds of families with a strong sense of unity and friendliness.
In 2010, the Andersonville business area was named a National Historic District because of its rich cultural and architectural history.
Through its eco program, Andersonville instituted Chicago’s first neighborhood-wide residential composting program in 2013. Andersonville was also the first community in the city to install a “People Spot,” created by turning parking spaces into green space for sitting and gathering. Andersonville has on-street bike corrals encouraging sustainable transportation.
Andersonville Historic Commercial District
The Historic Andersonville commercial district, along Clark Street and Ashland Avenue, is comprised mostly of early twentieth century commercial architecture. One of the best examples is the Temple Theater building, located at 5233 North Clark Street home to Women & Children First Books.
You can take a self-guided tour of “Historic Andersonville!” This historic tour map and tour handout will take you on a 20-minute walking tour of historically significant buildings throughout the commercial area. Remember to stop, shop, and eat too!