Chicago >Gifts & Novelties > Original Expressions
845 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.918147 -87.650325
Neighborhoods: DePaul, North Side
Stay away! – I've had one of the worst shopping experiences at this place. They lost my gift, failed to call me, relost my gift and I have not even gotten it yet. I ordered it about a month and a half ago! Stay away...
A genuine neighborhood staple with small-town charm, this is the "Cheers" of card shops. – The Scene
Original Expressions has been selling cards and gifts for the last 15 years, and it's longevity can be attributed to its warm fuzzy feeling. The owner knows at least one out of every three people who walks through the door, and is well acquainted with whether that customer likes Swedish fish or has kids in college.
Straight-forward, mostly humorous Recycled Paper Greetings cards line the walls, organized by occasion. You'll find a small rack of intricate, handmade cards, and boxes upon boxes of packaged thank you cards, holiday cards, invitations and more. Holiday knickknacks, board games, wrapping paper, ribbons, stickers, picture frames, journals and photo albums make for great ready-to-go last-minute gifts. Adding some character to the charm are books of funny pick-up lines, sarcastic party napkins, "pick-a-date" playing cards, Pez dispensers and candy by the pound.
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