Less than a mile outside of downtown, and just a couple blocks off of the CTA Blue Line (a ride on the Elevated Train, or L, is also a mandatory part of any Chicago visit), was Nina. Keeping with our super-sized theme, Nina was a big shop with lots of space. The day we visited they were preparing to host an event with the owners of Malabrigo Yarns. It was a classy and intelligent store with a well-designed take on funky.
They carry Malabrigo of course, as well as Berrocco, Blue Sky, Be Sweet, Rowan, Cascade, Debbie Bliss, Shibui, Dream In Color, locally made Lorna’s Laces, Louisa Harding, Ozark Handspun, Classic Elite, and great skeins of bulky wool by Twinkle Handknits. They also had the cutest little felting kits by Pick Up Sticks, and elegant handmade needles, pins, and shawl sticks.
Nina’s West Town neighborhood was one of the first large Polish neighborhoods in Chicago. The intersection of Division, Ashland, and Milwaukee is known as the “Polish Triangle” since the provisional Polish government met here during World War One. Chicago has more Polish people than any other city in the world-- even Warsaw, and you can definitely find some good authentic cuisine in this neighborhood.
1655 W Division St # 5
Chicago, IL 60622-3802