SHOP our store in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.  Featuring one of kind accessories, handmade gifts, all natural bath and body products, unique paper goods, home goods, and adorable craft supplies, the store appeals to a wide range of shoppers.  We carry exquisitely crafted and independently made goods by artists and indie designers from Chicago and all over the nation.  We stock carefully selected indie brands displayed in imaginative ways.  We are your one stop shop  for a unique and meaningful gift or a splurge for yourself.  Stop by to meet our friendly staff and experience our "outside the Big Box" service. Out of town or stuck at home?  Check out our on-line store! 


CREATE in our inspiring studio led by Chicago's best artists. Artist, Nicole Northway, opened the studio in 2011 to share her passion with you! From casual BYOB painting classes to multi session classes, we have a class to suit your style and skill level. In our BYOB classes, learn new skills, meet new people, and surprise your self with your newfound creativity.  Just bring an open mind, some friends, and drinks. We have everything else you need for a noteworthy night out. Designed to be affordable and flexible, our art classes fit with your busy schedule.  Looking for something more?  Try out a new class in printmaking, mixed media, or jewelry! Want to go deeper into a subject, sign up for a multi-session class and delve into the details with one of our professional artists.  You will leave your class with a body of artwork and the skills to keep it up at home.  We also sell art supplies at a 10% discount to our students. Discover your creativity today! 


CELEBRATE the big events in your life with us!  From baby showers to birthdays, we have ideas to make your next special event creative and anything but ordinary. Celebrate in one of our two studios in Wicker Park or let us come to you.  We have unique bachelorette party ideas, fun family gathering projects, great paintings for girl's night out, adorable baby shower packages, and fun filled kid's party ideas.  Need a little team spirit?  Our corporate team building ideas will have the office buzzing with productivity and creativity for days. 


About Owner Nicole Northway

Nicole Northway is a Chicago-based artist originally from St. Louis.  She came to Chicago to earn her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. In 2011, finding a creative way around hard economic times, Nicole taught herself to make jewelry and opened her first Etsy Shop.  Inspired by the creative community of artists, illustrators, and crafters, she opened One Strange Bird in October of 2011 in its first location in Humboldt Park.  Nicole currently runs One Strange Bird, paints and makes art, and is raising her new baby girl, Emerson Rose. Nicole opened One Strange Bird to share her passion for art and education with the general public and to create an inviting and inspiring place for others to enjoy.

Nicole's artwork has been recognized by the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation in the form of two first place awards and was the recipient of the CAAP grant in 2010. Her work was exhibited at the Thomas McCormick gallery, Contemporary Art Workshop, Hyde Park Art Center, Next Fair at Art Chicago, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis, and the Sullivan Gallery amongst other places. Nicole also taught for Columbia College and Depual University and for a variety of art intuitions in both St.Louis and Chicago since 2001. 

Nicole is available for independent business consulting, mentoring, and public speaking.

Follow her personal Instagram to see her creative projects.