Souvenir and Button Museum opening party at Busy Beaver Button Company: Photo gallery
Photos: William Moran
Busy Beaver Button Company celebrated its 15-year anniversary, the addition of a new Button-o-Matic Vending machine series called SOUVENIR, as well as the debut of a button museum with a party at its year-old location in Logan Square/Humboldt Park Friday night.
Friends, family, button collectors and the just plain button-curious made up the party, snacking on sweet treats from Nice Cream, delicious bites from Pepperoni King and Upton Naturals, and drinking from kegs provided by Old Style. For a quarter, partiers could buy buttons from a giant, six-foot tall vending machine, filled to the top with pin-backs from the local artists/business owners who curated and designed the Souvenir themed set; Cody Hudson for The Empty Bottle, Angela Finney-Hoffman for Post 27, Jason Hammel for Lula, and Soo Choi for Little Branch Café are just a few of the talented contributors.
The highlight of the party was the new bonafide button museum, curated by owner Christen Carter and her brother Joel. Consisting of several wall-mounted wooden and glass display cases, the museum is filled with buttons of all shapes and sizes from the turn of the century to present day, arranged meticulously in sections such as cause, music, innovative, art, and metamorphic (buttons that change visually depending on how you hold them). If all that doesn't qualify Chicago as the Midwest's button capital, we're not sure what does.