Friday, November 4, 2011


We launched our workshop program this week at One Strange Bird and it has been a blast!  Thursday night was our very fist printmaking class and we made handmade rubber stamps by making mini lino cuts.

Come next Thursday for Lino cut cards!  There is still time to register and you can now do it on-line at

Nicole Northway
These are a couple of my teacher samples 

Madeline Northway 

 Madeline Northway 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Workshops! Workshops!

Hello friends, we're excited to launch our workshop program for the month of November!

Sign up either at the store, or email us at and we can send you the necessary information! We hope to see all of you soon!

Sign up for four classes, and get the fifth free! 

Below are two images of our brochures, where you can find all the information needed!

The Morning After

Hello beautiful people!

Thank you everyone who joined us yesterday for the Grand Opening Party.  We had so much fun and we hope that you did too.

We woke up today with no headaches or dehydration issues, but with memories of the great time we had last night. We made lots of new friends who we hope to see much more of.

Special thanks go out to Guerrilla Dinners for delicious catering, we couldn’t get enough of these tasty treats:

Also thanks to RTST, who “Pumped the Jams” all evening long so we could keep on dancing. He played amidst the colorful backdrop of paintings by the LadyBird herself, Nicole Northway. 


Madeline and Allie, the jewelry making duo, crafted throughout the evening, making sure everyone  could go home with their own pair of earrings made by themselves. Also, our friends were able to walk away with some strange prints with the screen printing demo. If you want to learn more about making earrings, knitting, screen printing, and more, sign up for fall classes!


Congratulations to everyone who won a prize from our fantastic raffle, and thanks to all the artists who contributed items! 

And, most importantly, thank you to everyone who came out last night! We love you all! One Strange Bird has never been filled with such fantastic human beings, we couldn't help but smile all night. 

Come back soon and visit us, sign up for fall classes, and see all the new things that are coming into the store! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011


You heard it here first, One Strange Bird, located at 2515 W. North Avenue, in the wonderful city of Chicago, is having a party for the grand opening of our wonderful boutique!

Check the awesome flyer out below for all the information!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Opening Day!

October 1st 2011 - We're Finally Open!

The awesome chalk advertisement from our own Jessica Egan!

Here are a couple of photos from inside the shop, if you find yourself in the Chicagoland area today, stop by 2515 W North Ave!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


We are so close to being open!  We have tons of great artists on board and my amazing team of interns from Columbia college has been working to make everything beautiful.  Below is where we started including the best all around awesome human Cody Kirchner sealing our super cool brick walls:

This week we started working on the window display.  The two Allies and Brandon folded a million paper cranes to make a colorful window curtain.  

Note the sexy table the we refinished.  The whole store has been furnished for under $1,000 because Cody and I are serious scavengers and I am a pack rat. 

Below are some quick snapshots of some of our set ups.  I'm sure they will change over and over until we open.  

Stay tuned for featured artists later this week!

Monday, September 19, 2011



A boutique of handmade and unique goods is set to open early/mid October in Chicago's Humbolt park neighborhood.  We are currently working on getting the space ready and getting shipments of exciting stuff!  We will carry: candles, handmade soaps, jewelry, feather extensions, hand printed tee shirts, cards, plush toys, and more!

Also, in November will will launch affordable artist run workshops, where members of the Wicker/Humbolt Park community can learn new, creative skills.  

This is our blog we have created to share our process with you.  Look here for all news Bird Wise! 

We are located at 2515 W. North Ave. Chicago, Il 60622.

One Strange Bird was created by Nicole Northway, and artist and educator at Columbia College

Our Mission:
One Strange Bird is a unique boutique featuring handmade gifts, apparel, and art in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.  Run by an artist, One Strange Bird seeks to foster a dialogue between process and product by featuring an on-site studio where artists make goods for the store. The space also features artist run workshops in many techniques and materials such as: screen printing, jewelry making, drawing, and painting.  It is our hope that One Strange Bird will blur boundaries between Fine Art and Craft, art and life, and process and product by having all reside in a singular space. 

One Strange Bird will soon feature a rotating on-site mural wall and display window exhibition space, utilized by local artists.  This atypical “gallery” is a place to find affordable original pieces to jump-start your art collection. You will also find one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing, accessories, generally fun stuff made by local and national artists.  Our space seeks to support artists and champion handmade goods.  By supporting handmade and artisan goods at One Strange Bird, you support fair labor practices, family run businesses, and help create culture through your support of the arts.