Are you looking for cool things to do outside the fest? Here’s a mini-button tour of where-to-shop-eat-and-drink-in Chicago.
• Uncle Fun is your destination for cheap collectibles, deadstock sunglasses, and buttons old and new. Sift through drawers for officially-licensed, early nineties Beavis and Butthead 1.5-inch square buttons, original Hipco. 0.5-inch smiley face stick pins, and collect art buttons from the Button-O-matic vending machine near the door. Come with $5 and go to Pitchfork with a bag full of cool stuff! 1338 W. Belmont (773) 477-8223
• Lula Cafe feeds Logan Square-ites some of the best bites in Chicago from local farms. Grab a breakfast burrito and a free Lula button, take their Button-O-matic for a “spin,” all while admiring button mosaics by Anders Nilsen in both dining rooms. 2537 N. Kedzie (773) 489-9554
• The Empty Bottle is an awesome place to rock out on Monday night for a free, air-conditioned show after a weekend in the sun. Check out headliners the Loose Dudes, famous for “Best Band T-Shirt” in the Chicago Reader “Best Of” issue, and their equally-awesome button selection. There’s also a vending machine directly across from the merch table currently filled with the “Best Of” Button-O-matic buttons, ranging from the VOTE series to GLOW. 1035 N. Western (773) 276-3600
Need more pointers? Contact Busy Beaver Button Co. today until 5PM and ask for Alex. Also, you still have time to order buttons and have them delivered to you at the fest!