What Is Transistor?
It's a shop and gallery, with work and wares from 80+ artists, most based in Chicago.
It's a recording space and screening room, with live music, movie nights and a webcast. Time Out Chicago likens Transistor to 'your coolest friend's apartment ... and just like that apartment, you'll want to hang out here a lot.' We hope you'll visit soon.
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Where Is Transistor?
We're located at 3441 N. Broadway in Chicago's Lakeview East/Boystown neighborhood, just south of Cornelia, just north of Roscoe and just east of Halsted. There is both metered and free residential street parking nearby. If you're on the bus, the CTA 36 will take you almost right to our door. By train, the CTA Brown Line/Red Line stop at Belmont gets you pretty close. The Addison Red Line stop is also a good option.
Friday night live at Transistor: Axons, Lykanthea, Brice Woodall, 7:30 p.m. Free (donations encouraged and much appreciated), BYOB. Read more
Transistor Chicago Takes its Eclectic, Creative Offerings to Lakeview
Soon after opening in our current location at 3441 N. Broadway, Serena Dai wrote this story for DNAinfo.com. It includes a nice five-photo slideshow, some of the first images published of our Broadway space.
Transistor Solves the Cultural Omnivore's Dilemma
In June 2012 Transistor was featured by the Center Square Journal in what we think is the best article written to date about the shop. The article was written by Patty Wetli, who calls Transistor 'a hub for cultural omnivores — both those who consume it and those who produce it.'
Biking Lincoln Avenue: A 24-hour trek reveals the return of a great city street
In June 2012 Transistor was featured in a Time Out Chicago story by Jason A. Heidemann. If you read the article you'll have to scroll down and look carefully to find us.
A Look at Transistor: A Bookstore and Then Some
In April 2012 Gapers Block published the first article written about Transistor in our new location at 3819 N. Lincoln Avenue. Reporter Claire Glass wrote, 'Visually, the store is as appealing as a well curated art gallery crossed with a thoughtfully decorated apartment.'
In July 2011 Transistor was listed by the shopping and style website Racked as one of the 38 Most Essential Shops in Chicago. See the piece.
In April 2011 Chicago weekly newspaper New City included Transistor in its Record Store Day issue. Read the story.
Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover
In April 2011 UpChicago.com, 'the insider's guide to urban life,' featured Transistor in a very nice article by Molly Tranberg. (Some of the information is now out of date, in part due to our move, but it's an article that we are very happy to have discovered!)
Amplifying Neighborhood Artists in Andersonville, Chicago
From J.F. at Trazzler.com: 'Browsing at Transistor is like hanging out in your hippest friend's living room. The owners -- two artists who are as personable as they are enterprising -- have converted their modest storefront into a local mecca for high-end audio gadgets, amateur photography, diverse music selections and community events that range from film showings to software tutorials to live podcasts. It's probably the only shop in the city where you can order an apple juice on a hot summer's day and walk out an hour later with both a hand-crafted lamp and a turntable that converts vinyl to mp3s. It's distinctive, unclassifiable places like this that lend neighborhoods their unique character.'
Bookstore Profiles: Transistor
Transistor owners Rani Woolpert and Andy Miles were interviewed by Web publication GapersBlock.com; Amy Ganser wrote the introduction and asked the questions. The piece appeared January 13, 2011.
In Chicago, Village Life in a Big City
Transistor appeared in the Sunday Travel section of The New York Times on October 17, 2010, with a handful of other Andersonville spots. The online version, a slide show with photos by Sally Ryan, was published two days earlier.
Stay and Play Award
In August 2010 Time Out Chicago gave us their Stay and Play award in the Shopping Awards: Critics' Picks section of their online and print editions of August 19-25, 2010. In both a large photo appeared depicting webcast hosts Jeremy Pautz and Sayward Schoonmaker engaged in an intense game of Sunday night pingpong.
Tune in to Transistor
Also that month, on January 27th, the Chicago Tribune profiled the shop in a three-quarter-page spread in its Play section, with lovely photographs by Phil Velasquez. The online version of the story (which is no longer available) called Transistor a 'unique mix of hangout and shop.' Read the story.
Clark Street Retailers See Online Parallels
On January 20, 2010, Northwestern University fashion publication Stitch published a story on its website (and subsequently in print, we've heard) that talked about various Andersonville shops, including ours.
Read the story.
Transistor opens in Andersonville
Soon after we opened, Time Out Chicago ran a short story about Transistor in the Shopping & Style section of their October 22-28, 2009 print and online editions. The piece likened Transistor to 'your coolest friend's apartment.'
We were also written up by AskMen, Chicago Home & Garden Magazine and The Illinois Entertainer.