If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind place to stop and window shop while you're in Chicago, you must not miss Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities on W Foster Ave.
Many stores claim to be 'eclectic and interesting', but many fall short, only succeeding in boring the customer with the same old 'wacky' things. Woolly Mammoth, however, is the real deal, with taxidermied animals, ancient dental kits, and even Victorian jewelry made from the hair of the dead. This unusual store truly appeals to the strangeness of all of us.
What makes the Wooly Mammoth Antiquities and Oddities interesting? This place defines the word, with odds and ends that you couldn't find anywhere else. It carries human bones, stuffed animals, Korean War-era blood transfusion bottles, arrowheads, and religious oddities, plus all the rare vintage items you would expect to find at an eminent store like Woolly Mammoth. If you're looking for unique items for your home or have a strange fascination with old wet specimens and skulls, this is the place to shop. What is even more amazing is that the shop has even begun to host taxidermy classes through the Detroit Academy of Taxidermy.
When you are in Chicago, there are many things you should check out, but don't forget little out-of-the-way stores like Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities. It is endless fun to browse the store and is an excellent, low-key way to wind down after a long tour of the city. For those interested in the strange, ancient, and forgotten, it is a must see.