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 linens...it's a fun place to explore.
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.
3304 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625