We spent nearly twelve hours in the city on Saturday. The plan? Go to four places: Uncle Fun, Wow Bao for lunch, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the House of Blues for dinner. Well, we fit it all in, and had a great time. I’m going to tell you about Uncle Fun today, and I’ll write about Wow Bao on my review site in the next few days.
Uncle Fun is one of my favorite places in Chicago. It’s a little like a hidden gem and I don’t think that many tourists find out about it. The store is located in the Lakeview area (on the north side of the city), and it is chock full of all kinds of toys, jokes, vintage memorabilia, books, postcards, and so much more. You just can’t even imagine the stuff you’ll see there. I have found so many things from my childhood when I visit there, I’ve found current, hilarious items that are good for a laugh, and just about everything in between. If you’re one of those people who likes to look at everything in a store, you might just be there forever. One of the best things about it is that you can take kids there (we’ve been going for about five years now), give them $5, and they will leave with a bag of little goodies. Where else can you do that these days????
The people who work there are very funny, too. They are always more than happy to demonstrate the joke and magic stuff, and they can point you in the right direction if you’re trying to find something “specific”, and they are full of suggestions. When we were there on Saturday, the one guy who is there every single time we go was wearing a little bit of clown-style makeup under his eyes, and a top hat.
I thought I’d show you some of the unique and funny items I found. You can totally click on the photos to make them larger on your screen; in fact, I recommend it on some of them, so you can read the signage better. Here’s a plastic container full of “multiple marriages”. Each little package has more than one bride and groom in it.
I love THIS. They sell “Mystery Mail” for $1.00 each. The Uncle Fun staff people (probably during times when they are bored because there are no customers in the store) write letters and seal them up in envelopes on which they’ve drawn goofy drawings. The idea is that a customer would buy one and address it to a friend or something, and the friend would have no idea who it came from (though the Uncle Fun return address–minus the store name–is on the envelope) and laughing would ensue. Now, you might wonder, “WHO WOULD BUY SOMETHING LIKE THAT???” I will tell you: the older boy. He bought one to send to his girlfriend. So there.
Dolly Parton and one of the Tears for Fears guys???? (“Sowing the seeds of Uncle Fun”: I love that, but have major suspicions that this particular headshot was signed by an Uncle Fun employee. Still Fun.)
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