With stores stretching from Shorewood to Elgin to Arlington Heights to Joliet, Chicago participant-customers in the Chicago Yarn Crawl have a golden opportunity to see the city from the passenger seat of public transportation, and even on foot in some areas. Below are some ways to avoid looking for a parking place while participating in the Yarn Crawl.
Stores near Metra lines: Mosaic Yarn Studio in Mount Prospect and Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns are just one stop apart on the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Line, along with the Woolly Lamb, located near the Norwood Park stop. Furthest out on the line is Gene Ann Yarns, located near the Barrington stop.
Loopy Yarns, located in the South Loop in Chicago, is close to the ends of both the Rock Island District and Metra Electric District train lines. Going north of Chicago, Montoya Fiber Studio and Closeknit, both in Evanston, are one stop apart on the Union Pacific North line. Further up the line, Stitch(es) in Winnetka is located near the Hubbard Woods stop, and Mia Bella Yarns is fairly close to the Highland Park station. Three Bags Full is within walking distance of the Northbrook stop on the Milwaukee District North Metra line.
Out west, Elgin Knitworks is near the Elgin stop on the Milwaukee District West line. Craftique/Never Enough Knitting can be reached by Union Pacific West Line, just a few blocks east of the Wheaton stop in downtown Wheaton. Glen Ellyn’s station is located around the corner from String Theory Yarn Company. Knot Just Knits is located near the Oak Park on the same line, and Knit Nirvana in Forest Park is roughly the same distance from that stop and the River Forest stop on the Union Pacific West Line.
The Burlington Northern Line has several stores along its route, with Gentler Times Stitching located near the Route 59 Stop, and then their other location is a few blocks from the Naperville station on the same line. The Nook, a new entry this year, is located just a few blocks from the Lisle Metra station. Knitche in Downers Grove is located near the Downers Grove Main Street stop, and Initially Ewe is located within walking distance of the Western Springs stop.
Stores near CTA train and bus lines: The stores in the city of Chicago and collar suburbs are almost all accessible by CTA, and many transfers on the lines are free at various points of the CTA routes. On the Blue Line, the Woolly Lamb can be reached by picturesque walk from the Harlem Avenue stop on the northwestern branch. Further down the line, Nina is located near the Division stop.
Knit 1 Chicago is located near the Irving Park stop on the Brown Line, as is Sister Arts Studio, in between the Diversey and Fullerton stops. The Fullerton stop is a transfer point for the Purple Line, Brown Line, and Red Line. Sifu Design Studio can be found near the Granville stop on the Red Line, and slightly further away, Windy Knitty is within walking distance of the Bryn Mawr stop on the same line.
In the suburbs, both Closeknit and Montoya Fiber Studio can be reached on the Purple Line, with Closeknit located two blocks from the Davis stop and Montoya about five blocks from the Central stop. Knot Just Knits is close to the Harlem stop on the Green Line, and Knit Nirvana is close to the Forest Park stop on the Blue Line.
Since many of the train lines cross each other, many stores in addition to Sister Arts Studio can be reached by multiple lines. For instance, Loopy Yarns is located near the Roosevelt stop, which connects the Green, Red, and Orange Lines. It is also close to the Harold Washington Library stop, which is close to the Brown Line as well.
Stores within walking distance of each other: If the weather is favorable, many of the stores closer to the city of Chicago are within walking distance. For instance, Knit Nirvana and Knot Just Knits are just over one mile from each other. Windy Knitty and Sifu Design Studio, both on the north side of Chicago, are also only a mile apart, and in both cases, there are plenty of places to stop for food and other shopping along the route.
More information about the Chicago Yarn Crawl can be found on the Yarn Crawl website. As many of these stores are also along Pace and CTA bus routs, both Metra and CTA offer trip planners and ticket prices online to help with scheduling and saving money using Day Passes. No matter what method of commuting is used, however, the Yarn Crawl is not to be missed.
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