North Park Neighborhood: The Sweden Shop

Category: Daily Diary
I often write about our neighborhood up here on the northwest side of Chicago, North Park. The space we live in isn't only about the house, it's about our neighborhood and city, too.  And we really enjoy North Park.

There is a lovely shop within walking distance called The Sweden Shop which was purchased by the owners of Tre Kronor (one of our absolutely favorite restaurants ever.  Ever.)  Patty and Larry are bringing products from new Scandinavian designers into the shop, along with an expanded children's section (toys, gifts and nursery items).  Their love of Scandinavian design is evident from the moment that you step in the door.


Many of the ideas for the products that they carry come from their visits to family in Scandinavian countries.  They strongly encourage using good design everyday, not just saving it for company :)




They have a substantial children's section with lovely European toys, clogs, dishes, nursery items and books.  Grace and I always have fun exploring there.  I enjoy the occasional handwritten review of a toy or game by one of Patty and Larry's four children.


Pippi Longstocking!!!  I LOVE Pippi!  (Grace's in-utero name was Pippi.)



They also have clogs for adults, purses, kitchenware, dishware, ceramics, glass, imported Swedish foodstuffs, table's a fun place to explore.




If you are fans of design*sponge, you will be fans of The Sweden Shop.

Best outing idea in North Park?  Brunch at Tre Kronor, shopping at The Sweden Shop, walking around North Park University's campus (including a walk along the Chicago River), a visit to the North Park Nature Center, Noon O'Kebab on Kedzie for dinner.  And all of these places are kid-friendly, which makes it a lovely day for a family too.

The Sweden Shop

3304 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 478-0327

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oooh! what a great spot! y'all keep giving me more and more reasons to start planning a trip to chicago!

how cool! i had no idea that larry and patty had purchased the sweden shop. will definitely have to stop in--it's been too long. :)

Hi guys,
Just discovered your blog and think it's terrific!

My wife Jillian own a condo just south of North Park University and I have been singing the praises of the North Park neighborhood for a long time.
We have our eyes on a home there in the future. We also love Tre Kroner... been going for about four years now. However, just met Larry at a Chamber event last night at Merels Coffee... so weird I would read this post!

Anyway, thanks for the tips about the new products in the store... if you check out my blog and search Scandinavian design, you'll see my new living room progress.

Thanks for the great posts. See you in the neighborhood and good luck with the house!


I had hoped to find a software section at the Sweden Store to add several much-needed Brøderbund titles to my _extensive_ collection of vintage 1980's computer games. I was disappointed by what I found. Disappointed.


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