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Busy Beaver Button

3407 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647 USA

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“Button making at it's finest”

An outgrowth of the button-making company Christen Carter started with her brother, this museum, in the factory building, is devoted to more than a century's worth of pinback buttons. Buttons are nothing if not versatile. The museum has on display thousands that serve as advertising, marketing vehicles, or what Carter calls "social lubricators," meaning they are meant to provoke a response. Like: "My button loves your button." "I like the wearable, shareable and accessible expression of buttons," Carter said. "I love that people are willing to wear them in front of those they don't know. I even love buttons that aren't designed well. They all have their own way of communicating." While the collection does include some truly historic buttons (an 1864 pre-button for Abraham Lincoln is the museum's "crown jewel," Carter said), the emphasis is less on value and more on how well the button represents a moment in time.  Friday hours 9:00 am–5:30 pm

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Buttons have always had a place in my heart. I can't remember how I discovered Busy Beaver Button Company. It was at least six years ago. They have produced the buttons I designed quickly and... Read more

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Larry H.

Nice museum to see if you are in the neighborhood, don't make a special trip unless you are totally crazy about buttons. Owner/curator was very friendly and eager to answer any questions. Small... Read more

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Deanna D.

Thank you Busy Beaver Button's! I needed buttons made the day before a friends memorial service and they were very accommodating. The buttons came out great and I added a ribbon to them! Thanks... Read more

Busy Beaver Button

3407 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, Illinois
60647 USA
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  • Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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