A few minutes on any given Chicago street might quickly clue you in that there is bound to be great vintage shopping. Big, vintage (working!) neon signs still line the streets, bars burst with kitsch, and coffee shops and bars display taxidermy. We passed a Mexican taco shop that sold antiques out of its window, tacos in the back.
Perhaps this an equivalent of my own making, but surely any town that loves old-school food this much (who's down for some patio beef?) surely loves old stuff, too, right? And so, last weekend, thanks to the infinite wisdom of Chicagoans and good friends/impeccable hosts Angel and Susan Esparza, we hit the tip of that old stuff iceberg.
Our first and probably most memorable stop was at Woolly Mammoth, a tiny but amazing shop crammed with everything one might need if you are going into the medical oddity business. The shop specializes in taxidermy - current items include a full giraffe neck/head, a buffalo mount, small critters riding sleds, wall mounts, birds and more. Too fuzzy for you? How about some bones (a hippo skull and a real human skeleton, lots more), or a jar of dentures (surprisingly intriguing)?
I'm totally using the film canister match holder idea.
A couple of little baby beauties may have snuck home in my suitcase. Next time I will need to make room for that buffalo.