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« on: May 02, 2005 11:38:38 PM »

I'm currently on a beading kick, but I don't know of any bead stores in the area. :/ In the area would be anywhere in Chicago and north suburbs. I know of that one bead store on Lincoln and Paulina, I think it is, though I have not been there before. Perhaps I shall venture over there tomorrow. I also know that there does exist another bead store possibly in the Palatine area because my friend took me there a few years ago; I just have no idea where it is or what it's called. Help, please!
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2005 07:39:13 PM »

the one on lincoln, i wouldnt' say it's on paulina though...but it's more on lincoln and wilson...also there is the place downtown. oh wait, there are two different bead shops on lincoln, you are right about the paulina one. ok so i guess if you go to that one afterwards head north and stay on lincoln and you'll hit another bead shop up by the davis theater. it's pretty nice.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2005 08:53:14 PM »

*brain cannot summon area map*  Is Evanston near?  If so, Ayla's Originals is there, and is pretty nifty.  You can see stuff on line too, at
www.aylasoriginals.com ?

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2005 02:37:30 PM »

The one on Pauline/Lincoln is Caravan Beads I think.  And then String a Strand is on Wilson/Lincoln (right by my house! It's where I got some of your beads for the bead swap - btw I made some stuff for you before my partner for the fav animal swap changed... I need to send em.)


« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2005 07:26:53 AM »

Well, if you are interested in travelling west, then I would recommend Bead in Hand in Oak Park on Harrison St.  You can take the Blue Line and get off at the Austin/Lombard stop.  It is a short walk from there.  They are closed on Wednesdays. 

I find a lot of great beads there and they are always helpful.

Good luck!
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2005 07:15:19 PM »

hey, the caravan is on lincoln/roscoe.  there is a string a strand on lincoln (in lincoln square) and one on wells downtown.  the one on wells has a MUCH bigger/better selection, although not good with findings.  if you can get to oak park (the blue line to austin, about a 3 blk walk down harrison) bead in hand is great and their bulk findings are cheaper than caravan.  alya's in evanston is expensive and the selection is kind of limited.
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005 11:19:37 PM »

Well, I haven't made it back down to the city since I moved back home for the summer, but I did rediscover that bead store in Palatine. It's called Bead World, and it's located at 8 S Brockway St which is near Palatine Rd and Plum Grove Rd. I'm not too impressed by it, but it does have some very unique and antique beads--and the owner tells great stories. (:

« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2005 09:34:36 AM »

If you are traveling west to Oak Park, if you travel a bit further west to Downers Grove, there is an awesome bead store on Main Street (exit Rt. 88 at Highland and go south). Its the best one with the widest selection I have ever been to.  There is also a totally awesome yarn store right next door if you are in to that too!

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2005 12:10:18 PM »

jcinelli, does bead in hand sell a lot of unique ethnic/antique beads? I am looking for a store that sells interesting stuff...not your typical bead store!
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