Our Chicago store managers Rachel and Nicole take you on a tour of their favorite spots around N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
The Wormhole - 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Care for a shot of nostalgia with your coffee? This 80’s themed coffee shop is known for its awesome Metropolis coffee creations, tasty treats and most of all… the tricked out DeLorean from Back to the Future!!! I’m always impressed by their collection of metal lunch boxes featuring every show from the Muppets to Bill Cosby! My favorite thing about this kitsch coffee shop is by far the free bumper stickers! With catch phrases from movies, video games and pop culture, you’ll fall in love with “hermwoll”! Staff picks for drinks: Rocket Sauce, the Dragon Pearl Tea and the “dirty” Chai! -Rachel
Lomography Inc.- 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave. Before there was Instagram, there were Lomography cameras that kicked off the whole vintage-looking photo trend as far back as 2008. Until now in Chicago, you could only buy a Lomo camera at mostly specialty camera shops and some retail clothing locations. What is a Lomo camera? “Lomo” is the general word encompassing all toy film camera brands – Holga and Diana being the most widely-known of the group. This store offers different lens attachments such as fish-eye lenses, ring flashes, and an array of film types specifically for these cameras which mostly take wide, slightly-harder to find 120 film and can be rigged to use 35 mm film if you love the sprocket-hole look. Lomography Inc. boasts stores all over the world and we’re glad they’re finally in Chicago! Though it can be an expensive hobby, the warm and dreamy hues are worth it. – Nicole
Emporium Arcade Bar - 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The name says it all! Booze + arcade games = adult dream come true! Boasting the largest pin ball machine collection in Chicago, this bar offers more than a “Tommy” good time. All the classic video games are here and are only a 25 cent token to play! Emporium offers a great selection of beer and whiskey, they don’t serve food but encourage you to BYO. Perfect place for a cheap date or just to hang out and feel like a kid again! Check it out on a weeknight cause Fridays and Saturdays this place is PACKED! (and that wasn’t a Pac-Man joke! Ok, maybe it was!) -Rachel
Antique Taco – 1360 N. Milwaukee
Husband and wife team started their snack-style taco restaurant as a marriage between their love of gourmet Mexican food and a place to display their antique collection. This is a place that immediately upon arriving, you take note of the décor and one might feel like they’re in a beautiful, albeit quaint small town with the country-style seating throughout and water with lemon served in Mason jars. My personal favorite on the menu is the Crispy Fish Tempura which has smoked cabbage, scallions, and Sriracha tartar sauce as toppings (2 tacos for $8). A must-visit before stopping into the new barcade right nearby, Emporium Arcade Bar. -Nicole
While you’re in the neighborhood, visit Brooklyn Industries Chicago at 1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.