The Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago is a great place to shop for local, green and sustainable items, while also taking in a bit of history along the way.

Local residents and homeowners appreciate its main commercial street, Clark Street, just designated an historic commercial district and now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district runs from Rosehill on the north to Argyle on the south, and there you will find great shopping, dining and entertainment, along with 140 historic buildings. It includes fully intact turn-of-the-century commercial buildings that represent the popular architectural styles of the time.

From its oldest building, home to Gethsemane Garden Center at 5739 N Clark, to SoFo Bar at 4923 N Clark, you will see architectural styles from Neoclassicism, to Revivalism to Art Deco. Neighbors love to shop at Green Sky on Ashland and Berwyn for environmentally friendly gifts, and Green Genes on south Clark for eco friendly children’s toys and clothing. And there’s the farmers market on Wednesdays beginning in June.

A bit more on the history… Clark St. was paved in 1891 and an electric trolley car ran upChicago Clark Street Trolley Clark to Devon Avenue. After the Chicago Fire of 1871, Swedish immigrants who moved up to the area were skilled in building, design and finance, and they built the area that is now an Historic District.   A special thanks to Thom Green, Green & Proppe Design, Ellen Shepherd and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for their work in and on supporting this designation.

Maggie Finegan, ABR, Move with Maggie Chicago Realty Team

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