About us

One Strange Bird is an event space/art studio that markets a carefully curated selection of apparel, accessories, and gifts from local and national designers.

Owner Emily Gloekler incorporates her many years working in Africa with philanthropic groups with her instinctive creativity. She originated and still operates a sister shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that provides work for locals and distinctive products. Some of those products can also be found in the Chicago store.

The art studio offers a welcoming environment. It's the perfect place to express your creative side and unwind after a long work week. A wide variety of classes from terrarium building, painting, print making, collage are offered. Additionally, the studio offers kid’s art summer camps, private events and parties. 

Next time you are near Division Street stop in to check out the handmade jewelry, Chicago gifts, baby presents, natural bath and body products, funny stationary and hand poured candles that are featured in the front of the shop. In the back studio you might find Emily creating unique apparel, jewelry, and homewares.