A few new things in the shop...

Just a reminder that the brick-and-mortar location has a *ton* of things that are not available on the website.

While this site has a curated collection of items, it is too difficult to list each item----especially since so many things are limited availability---things often sell out before even making their way to the site...  BUT!  If you're interested in *anything* you see posted here, our instagram, or facebook (and we've still got it in the shop), we can certainly ship.  Just email or text us!  (google voice: 773-696-1992)

New things in the shop!
Tiny human clothing, aluminum cuffs, loads of racerback tanks, and small lapel pins of the flag: 

 

See you soon?

Your ✶✶✶✶ pals,
 REPCHI

Holiday Hours 2015

Hello, friends of Rep Chi!

We've decided on our holiday hours for this seasonable season and wanted to let you know we'll be open seven days a week starting Black Friday.

Here's what we've got:

Closed Thanksgiving Thursday
Black Friday & Small Business Saturday: 9a-7p
Sunday, November 29th: 10a-3p

Then Mondays through Saturdays 10a-7p, Sundays 10a-3p.
Closed Christmas Day and back again Saturday 26th: 10a-7p.

Thank you for shopping local!

-J+L

P.S. Can you believe it's the end of 2015 already?

Pandora's Shepherd - Free Admission courtesy of Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

You'll find a new installation right between 4425 and 4427:

 Pandora's Shepherd by Terrence Karpowicz

Pandora's Shepherd by Terrence Karpowicz

About the piece and its artist:
Terrence Karpowicz is an experienced and cautious craftsman and “Pandora’s Shepherd” showcases that. The improbable balance of the granite boulder atop the rounded steel base illustrates the incongruent union of organic and machine-tooled materials, as well as Karpowicz’s mastery of both mediums. Karpowicz, who has worked in the United Kingdom to preserve and protect historic buildings, achieves a look of ancient wonder in “Pandora’s Shepherd” befitting the work’s mythological namesake.
This is just one part of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (see: chicagosculptureexhibit.org)

Come check it out this Saturday?

-L

 

EDIT: 

More information in this DNAinfo article by Heather Cherone, "New Sculpture Installed Near Jefferson Park/Portage Park Border"

  PHOTO via DNAinfo.  Caption: "Pandora's Shepard" by Terrence Karpowicz, r., was installed in Jefferson Park Monday. State Rep. Robert Martwick helped sponsor its installation.

PHOTO via DNAinfo.  Caption: "Pandora's Shepard" by Terrence Karpowicz, r., was installed in Jefferson Park Monday. State Rep. Robert Martwick helped sponsor its installation.

Thank you so much for sponsoring this piece in front of our shop, State Representative Robert Martwick!!

Grand Re-Opening REP CHI 4427 N Milwaukee Ave on 10/10

Hello Friends!

We're excited to announce that in two month's we'll be hosting a Grand Re-Opening and celebrating 8 years of business.  Come join us, won't you?  Have SO many things planned for the day, hope you can make it!

What fantastic things are going on, you ask?  The Chicago Riots will be having their second annual Bake Sale Fundraiser (gluten free items, vegan stuffs, and normal people treats), One Tail at a Time will be here so you can meet those great folks, a handful of our friends will be vending their handmade wares, Vegan Food Truck will have a table of delicious food, AND our neighbor Maximum Distractions will be having his One Year Anniversary party that same day, too!  Lots more in the works but we have to keep a few surprises for the day.  


NEW THINGS IN THE SHOP:

 These unique dinosaurs (and other friends) handcrafted from discarded telephone wire and aluminum cans.  Made in Kenya with Fair Trade principals.

These unique dinosaurs (and other friends) handcrafted from discarded telephone wire and aluminum cans.  Made in Kenya with Fair Trade principals.

 We poured our popular soy candle wax into Fair Trade Made gourds with Chicago Flag inspired design that were hand-carved, hand-painted, and pyrographed in Peru.

We poured our popular soy candle wax into Fair Trade Made gourds with Chicago Flag inspired design that were hand-carved, hand-painted, and pyrographed in Peru.

 Colorfully dyed using natural pigments tahua seed (a type of Palm Tree) earrings featuring a hand carved Chicago Star cutout. 

Colorfully dyed using natural pigments tahua seed (a type of Palm Tree) earrings featuring a hand carved Chicago Star cutout. 

 Unique geek skirts made by my pal Red.  Various designs of wrap skirts (fits SM/MED ~2-6) and elastic waist (fits MED/LG ~6-14).

Unique geek skirts made by my pal Red.  Various designs of wrap skirts (fits SM/MED ~2-6) and elastic waist (fits MED/LG ~6-14).


PROGRESS PICTURES:

Still working hard away at prepping and filling the second store.  Look'it these photos:

 REPCHI is 200% bigger now.

REPCHI is 200% bigger now.

 My cousin's construction company reclaimed this 8'+ tall beauty from Cricket's downtown while remodeling Ditka's Restaurant years and years ago.  She's right at home here with us!

My cousin's construction company reclaimed this 8'+ tall beauty from Cricket's downtown while remodeling Ditka's Restaurant years and years ago.  She's right at home here with us!

 Jeremy putting up the vinyl in 4427.

Jeremy putting up the vinyl in 4427.

 The counter my dad built has been installed!  Shop Dog Bloo loves the lowered part.  He can beg for attention from customers much easier now.  

The counter my dad built has been installed!  Shop Dog Bloo loves the lowered part.  He can beg for attention from customers much easier now.  


Thanks for reading and hope to see you 10/10!

-L

New Instagram Account

The site now links to a proper (instead of Lyn's account) store Instagram.  Click and follow, won't you?:

Rightway Signs has been working away on a hanging sandblasted sign for us.  We're so happy with their work!

NEW thing in the shop... check out these colorful magnets:

In other news:

Next month we'll be bringing out our tees once again for Jeff Fest, stop by our booth in July (Friday the 24th, Saturday the 25th, and Sunday the 26th).

Keep an eye on this blog or our Facebook page, we plan to announce our Grand Re-Opening to introduce the 4427 side of the store.  Have a lot of fun things planned for it, stay tuned!

 

Hope your summer is off to a nice start,
-L

May Showers Bring June Flowers

Hello, Hello from Busy Town!

Hope your spring is off to a great start...  We're swept up in custom jobs and prepping new displays for the 4427 side of the shop.  Want to see some quick photos?


<^ My dad building a new counter top.  This super sweet custom counter/register stand replaces our ikea-coffee-table-screwed-to-the-top-of-an-ikea-bookshelf cashier stand.


New things available in the shop:

 ~3x3" iron on'able REP CHI&nbsp;patch.

~3x3" iron on'able REP CHI patch.

 Square LP record catch-all decorative bowls.

Square LP record catch-all decorative bowls.

 Handmade, Fair Trade knitted finger friends.

Handmade, Fair Trade knitted finger friends.

 Made more Birthday Languages cards.

Made more Birthday Languages cards.


Things that are a work-in-progress:

 Cutting bottles for some houseware drinking glasses.

Cutting bottles for some houseware drinking glasses.

 These fantastic Chicago Flag hand painted, hand-carved and pyrographed&nbsp;gourds that will be filled with soy candle wax. &nbsp;

These fantastic Chicago Flag hand painted, hand-carved and pyrographed gourds that will be filled with soy candle wax.  

IN OTHER NEWS:  I'm super excited to share my new relationship with Blossom Inspirations.  Blossom Inspirations works directly with independent artisans in Peru to create Fair Trade fashion accessories and beautiful recycled and/or handcrafted home goods.  I'll be teaming up with Blossom to design and release some new specialty items (see the Chicago Flag inspired hand-carved gourd up to the right of this paragraph?  That's just one of the many products that we'll be offering).

Have to get back to work now, stop by the shop though to see the new digs!

Your Pal at 4425-27 N Milwaukee,

-L

Spring?

I think spring is here.  Skipped the Light Jacket Weather and went straight to Hoodie Weather... so, maybe?

Happy Spring!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!   

NEW THINGS IN THE SHOP:

 Made a new batch of bangles (thanks to everyone that saves&nbsp;their strings for me!)

Made a new batch of bangles (thanks to everyone that saves their strings for me!)

 TARDIS + chainmail earrings by Do Bats Eat Cats

TARDIS + chainmail earrings by Do Bats Eat Cats

 Heart shaped bike chain. &nbsp;Paperweight, desk&nbsp;tchotchke, token of friendship. &nbsp;It's a great thing, this recycled heart.

Heart shaped bike chain.  Paperweight, desk tchotchke, token of friendship.  It's a great thing, this recycled heart.

 Lockets by EdgyPetal. &nbsp;Lockets are underrated. &nbsp;Lockets = best present of all time.

Lockets by EdgyPetal.  Lockets are underrated.  Lockets = best present of all time.

NEAT CLIENT(S) AND THINGS GOING ON:


Pretty quiet on the update side.  Just busy, busy around here.  Having ideas, making plans, changing plans.  We'll have a lot more photos to share soon.

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Hope your spring is off to a nice start!  

Your screen printing pals,

-J+L

DNAinfo Chicago Valentine Gift Guide, New Things, and Other Relevant News

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Another BIG thank you to DNAinfo for featuring us and Windy City Mustache Wax and Beard Elixir in the "Valentines Gift Guide."

We are working late nights painting and prepping the new space, it'll be a long process but hope to open up that side mid to late-summer.  If you find any extra hours in the day, please mail them to 4425 N. Milwaukee Ave 60630. 😹 We'll have a Grand Re-Opening some time later this year so expect an invite!

In in the meantime, we've got some new items in the retail store:

 Recycled skateboard jewelry

Recycled skateboard jewelry

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I'm (Lyn, here) completely obsessed with ^these pieces of skateboard jewelry and accessories.^ No two are alike and designs may vary so email me for a text/email of the in-store selection, ....or just purchase the item on our website and I'll pick one for you!  

Things made from skateboards: bangles, belt buckles, coasters, earrings (1.5" loops, triangle, and small circle post-backing).  More to come!

 

 Vegan lip balm.

Vegan lip balm.

Offering a few new flavors of Vegan lip balm (100% natural lip balm made with shea butter) .

Current options ($3.50) are Sweet Mint, Lemonade, Limeade, Orange Juice, Punk Grapefruit Juice, Red Velvet*, Spiced Chai*, Black Cherry, Cinnamon Bun, Plum Apricot*.        

 *New flavor

The Leaping Bunny is Plum Apricot and $1 gets donated to Leaping Bunny (The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.).

"My Stache" is sweet mint flavor and $1 goes to The Mercury Phoenix Trust (The Mercury Phoenix Trust was set up in memory of Freddie Mercury and is responsible for raising awareness and funding charities globally in the worldwide fight against AIDS.).

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 << Cute little beaded and mirrored treasure boxes.

 

Other new art, apparel, and necklaces in-store but that's all I've got to type about for now. 

Hope your winter has been wonderful and see you at the polls on Tuesday!

                               -L

Our biggest news of 2015: REP CHI take two, 4427 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Chicago IL 60630

Welp, 2015 is certainly off to a running start!  We have some HUGE news:

The vacant store front next to us is no longer vacant.

COMING SOON = MORE OF US.


We got this yesterday:

Jeremy put it best:

IT'S OFFICIAL!! We had a great holiday season this year and we can't imagine Rep Chi being anywhere but right here in Jeff/Portage Park, so we just signed the lease on the store directly next to us so we can expand! This more than doubles our current floorspace. Aside from that, we've got lots of super-secret ideas up our sleeves that we'll be doing with this new space, so stay tuned over the next few weeks!!


Most importantly, we again want to say THANK YOU. A lot of folks didn't think a little shop like ours would sustain here. YOU are the ones who proved those folks wrong. And it seriously means the world to us.
Hugs and High Fives,


-Jeremy, Lyndsey, Ian and Romi

 

Valentine, O Valentine.

You've got less than a month to find the perfect gift and we've got some great suggestions for you.

For the 8-Bit Gal:

 Eight Bit Hearts by our incredibly talented pal, Michelle Graves

Eight Bit Hearts by our incredibly talented pal, Michelle Graves

For the Beard and/or Mustache Man:

 Beard Elixir and Mustache Wax by Windy City Mustache Wax &amp; Beard Elixir

Beard Elixir and Mustache Wax by Windy City Mustache Wax & Beard Elixir

For the Comic Book and Graphic Novel Aficionado:

 #helloiusedtobe Lyn's old comic books

#helloiusedtobe Lyn's old comic books

For the Furbaby, because animals are the best Valentine of all:

 Adorable kitten photo courtesy of Nicole. &nbsp;...Can someone pass a note to this cat during study hall asking if s/he'll Be Mine this Valentines?

Adorable kitten photo courtesy of Nicole.  ...Can someone pass a note to this cat during study hall asking if s/he'll Be Mine this Valentines?

For the REP CHI fan that needs a (new design!) tee:

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Hope you are enjoying this unseasonable weather! 

-L

 

P.S. We have some monumental news to share soon, stay tuned.

Open Christmas Eve!

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It has been an incredible holiday season for us.  We are so grateful and want to thank each and every person that has walked through the shop's door, purchased online, or sent someone our way.

By way of this print-newspaper (by DNAinfo), we got to meet so many new neighbors.
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Thank you so much for including us in the gift guide, Heather! (<-- follow for northwest side reporting!)

 

<-- This is our (one of two) cat, Paco.  He has single paw'edly re-branded "DOG TEES" as "CAT TEES" and inspired so many Chicago cats to rep Chi.

This is why the Internet wins:

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Stop by!  We're open 11-7 Christmas Eve, 11-7 the day-after-Christmas, and 11-7 on Saturday.

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Our DIBS ornament in Chicago's Ultimate Neighborhood Gift Guide by DNAinfo... Read More knuckles shirt... And other new things.

Check out our DIBS ornament featured in DNAinfo's annual gift round up!!  So awesome to see that we made the cover photo!

 

Click the photo over to the right

to read the article and find other unique gifts.

 

Or, for local locals: click here to go straight to the Far Northwest Side-only section.

 

 

 

DIBS ON YOUR TREE.

 

(p.s. the antithesis ⊘DIBS ornament photo soon)


 

 

 

In other Awesome News, our Read More shirt was spotted on CM Punk in our Instagram feed... by MARVEL.  #squeee!  

 

<<  YES.

 

 

<< YES TO ALL OF THIS.

 

 

<< THIS, TOO.

 


What else is new at the shop, you ask/I made you ask?

Made these bottlecap soy candles.  They burn for 30-35m each!  ....And these tiny human tees:

Also this Six Corners shirt...  and we put our Heartbeat:Skyline design on a mug!

 

 

 

 

Back to late night making things.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

See you for Shop Small Saturday!

-L