Arcadia Knitting, on the far western side of the Uptown neighborhood, had two long sections of storefront along busy Lawrence Avenue. Uptown used to be home to the Capone crime family and mini-mansions are scattered throughout the nearby side streets. Just a half mile from the shop, at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway is the famous jazz club The Green Mill. It’s a great spot for music and old Chicago charm-- they say that the one booth where you can see both entrances was Capone’s.
Arcadia Knitting is a perfect place to shop and energize before hitting Uptown. With a couple couches and more than a dozen chairs spread around, there’s enough space for a small army of knitters to take advantage of all the natural light coming in from the windows. Plus, they had toys for kids to amuse themselves while Mom (or Dad?) enjoys a knitting recess.
During our visit they were carrying Classic Elite, Cascade, Karabella, Filatura di Crosa, Shepherd’s Wool, Berrocco, Knit One Crochet Too, Misti Alpaca and Jade Sapphire among others. They also had a nice selection of sock yarns from Opal, Lorna’s Laces (a local product), Lang, Fortissima, and Neighborhood Fiber Co-- a line that’s only stocked at a handful of stores.
Arcadia has an open knitting night on Fridays, but they assured us that “the expert is always in.” They gave us a nice Chicago welcome, and it was on to the next shop and the next neighborhood.
1613 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640