I live in No. Calif. & have been quilting, sewing & doing needlework all my life. Going to Chicago next month for a family reunion & I'm looking for some recommendations for quilt shops to visit. Suggestions are eagerly anticipated!
Hi Virginia, welcome to the group. I was so busy seeing all the sights in Chicago, I didn't even think about quilt shops. It is a beautiful, fun city.
gini in north idaho
I went to Chicago last year to visit my son and was hard pressed to find many quilt shops! I did find Quiltology at 1221 W Diversey Street which Mary Fons has filmed some shows or show segments at. The owner was very nice and the shop is tiny. I brought some fat quarters home and it was a quick walk to the train. Have a great trip!
Southwest of San Antonio
Welcome. I can't help with the quilt shop info as I have never been to Chicago. Hope you have a fun trip.
Virginia we have a couple of gals here form chicago ,hopefully they will see this thread and be able to help you out. have fun on your trip , Barbara
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Welcome, Virginia ! Have you heard of the book, Quilters Travel Guide. It has quilt shops located in every state in the country and usually with a new book it will be up to date. Hope this helps! Have a safe and enjoyable trip next month. Susan, North, Florida
Me too! It is an easy train ride to Chi town, but how about shops easy to get to by bus or train there?
Virginia - You say the Chicago area -- are you going to be in a suburb?? I am not familiar with the city but know of shops in the 'burbs. Let me know and I can help you find the shops
Virginia, do you have a smart phone? Fons & Porter have a quilt shop locator app. You can download it to your computer, too. I found this very helpful on my last road trip.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
I'm sorry I can't help with Chicago as I've never been further east than Colorado. I live in northern California also. Where to do you live in No. California. I live in Georgetown, between Auburn and Placerville. There is an app for smart phones from this site that locates quilt shops from where ever you are. Or you can look on line before you leave. Have fun on your trip and welcome to the club and this happy family of quilters.
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Are you searching the shop at online researching??? I must say that At least you can get any particular clue for that, So might be easy for you to find the quilt shop at Chicago.
Virginia, Quiltology (which someone already mentioned) is the only shop I know if in the city itself. There are more in the surrounding suburbs, such as Quilter's Heaven in Northbrook (northwest of Chicago), Fabrics Etc 2 in Bensenville (mostly west but north of downtown) and Quilter's Destination and Linda Z's in Arlington Heights. You might also check out the link to a Northern Illinois Shop Hop which runs through August - http://www.northernillinoisquiltfest.com/quilt_shop_hops.html
Have fun & enjoy the reunion!
PS check out WGN channel 9 for weather - Tom Skilling is one of the better meteorologists in the area. If you're driving around, CBS/WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM is 24/7 news radio with traffic reports every 10 minutes. If you're not familiar with the highways, try to find a map that shows names as well as numbers as the traffic reporters refer to roads by name (i.e. 290 is the Eisenhower or Ike) & there's plenty of construction going on around here. Do not trust the travel times on Mapquest as traffic in Chicago can be really heavy & slow, especially at rush hour & all day Friday.
Eileen is right - the only shop I know if in the city proper is Quiltology. There are shops in the suburbs but the only one I know of that is near a train station (NW Metra line) is all the way in Barrington called A Touch of Amish. It's a great store, just not close to the city. I have also been to the others Eileen mentioned - all are good though Linda Z's does not have a whole lot of fabric - mainly a machine store. I also agree with the mention of the Northern Illinois shop hop - I know it's online - lots of stores listed there.
Happy shopping and quilting!
I haven't done the shop hop quite yet, so I only know about the one near me. But I wouldn't recommend the shop by me. I haven't been impressed at all by the service or friendliness for the several times I've been in there.
My plan is to start the hop this weekend, so I'll have more details for you early next week.
Wow! You guys are great! Thank you Nancy, for steering me back to this site to reply to all. I really appreciate the suggestions. I don't know enough to know what suburbs I'll be in though we are staying in a condo right on S. Michigan Ave. But I think my relatives live near Bucktown. I did come across a little shop there, The Needle Shop, that looks pretty good. We will have a car, but I have no idea how long it takes to get to Rockport, or Barrington or Batavia, etc. from the City. I'll have my husband and 2 grown sons in tow too so it's not like a can really do a shop hop, though that was a great suggestion! I will try to visit Quiltology and The Needle Shop and be happy with those.
Thanks so much for all the information!
And, Gini, I signed my name Virginia, but I am a Gini too! Rarely see anyone who spells it that way!
PS: How do you get those cool signatures onto your messages?