Thursday, December 13, 2012

ENJOY's 2012 Holiday Hours


Thursday 12/13 
9:30am - 9pm

Friday 12/14 
9:30am - 9pm

Saturday 12/15 
9:30am - 8pm

Sunday 12/16 
9:30am - 7pm

Monday 12/17 
9:30am - 8pm

Tuesday 12/18 
9:30am - 8pm

Wednesday 12/19 
9:30am - 9pm

Thursday 12/20 
9:30am - 9pm

Friday 12/21 
9:30am - 9pm

Saturday 12/22 
9:30am - 9pm

Sunday 12/23 
9:30am - 8pm

Monday 12/24 
9:30am - 4ish

Closed on Tuesday 12/25 

Friday, November 30, 2012

OMG, now it's NBD to give them the BGE

Gifts that will make you LOL, because YOLO.

Shop now at Urban General Store for thousands of items ready for all your holiday gift giving. Give your recipient the B.G.E. Best Give Ever.

Treat your home for the holidays
It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? To help you get in the holiday mood, we have a great assortment of holiday decor to deck the halls and trim your trees. Can't bring a tree home? Just light the Frasier Fir Candle  for the instant "smell of Christmas".

Frasier Fir Votive Candle From Thymes

Start a new holiday tradition
Share the joys of the season with your family. Give The Elf on the Shelf, an interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition perfect for children of all ages.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Storybook and Doll

Or replicate a Victorian holiday tradition of sharing tales with family and friends with the Saratoga Sweets Peppermint Pig.

The Peppermint Pig Candy Combo Kit from Saratoga Sweets

Pick out a cute pair of Naughty and Nice Limited Edition Socks from Gumball Poodle for Santa's Little Helper.

Naughty and Nice Limited Edition Socks from Gumball Poodle

It's business time
Need a fun or functional gift for your office party, client or boss? We offer clever desk accessories to novelties for your office mates to unusual, sophisticated gifts like the Molecular Gastronomy Kit .

Molecular Gastronomy Kit From Molecula-R

Regardless of who it's for, we have 1000's of items that help you get down to business or make some monkey business.

Gift for the hostess who's the mostest
With the holidays come lots of parties. Never show up empty handed. We have great hostess gifts that will be the hit of the party.

The Tipsy Wine Glasses are practically funny.

Tipsy Wine Glasses From Richard E. Bishop

The oh-so-clever Corkcicle Wine Chiller will be used year around.

Corkcicle Wine Chiller

Or give a chuckle with funny napkins by Design Design.

Friends Don't Let Friends Facebook Drunk Beverage Napkins

That's a wrap!
Leave the papercuts to us. For just $3.95, we’ll wrap your gifts in festive 100% recycled gift paper. Or, feel free to include a complimentary gift card message that we’ll handwrite with every order.

Gift Wrap for the Holidays

Either way, your gifts will be packed with care and attention and shipped for $6.95 flat rate ground (for the continental US only). Or select Free In-Store Pickup if you live in Chicago and your items will be at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE for you the next day.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Let's keep the "thanks" in Thanksgiving

Despite the 24 hour Christmas music radio stations, store openings at 4:30am and the jingle bells you hear in your head... there is a national holiday the day before Black Friday.

Yes, Virginia, there still is a Thanksgiving.

We are excited for Cyber Monday, Hannukah, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanza, Festivus and any other winter holidays. But we want to take a moment to reflect and say “thank you” to you for your interest, support and patronage.

So, get a second helping of pumpkin pie, loosen your belt and give your mother a hug.
Let’s keep the “thanks” in “Thanksgiving”.

With gratitude,
The MOM’s, ENJOY-ees and everyone at 

Happy Movember! 
ENJOY and support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Movember. Can’t grow a mustache? Shop for one here!

ENJOY will be closed Thursday, November 22, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen Friday (Black Friday) at 10am with our ever-changing selection of great gifts, cards and stocking stuffers. And, as always, shop 24-hours a day at

Be sure to like the ENJOY Facebook page today for up-to-the minute specials, announcements and happenings in Lincoln Square.

Have you subscribed to the Mom’s Picks weekly email yet? A little birdy told us that Mom’s Picks email subscribers will be receiving a special discount for this holiday season. Sign up here or email us at mom [at] and simply say “I want the Mom’s Picks email”.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Have you heard about our New Mom's Picks?

Mom's Picks from Urban General Store

Want to get featured products delivered to your email every week? 

Sign up for our weekly Mom’s Picks email. We’ve also launched a Mom's Picks Page on Facebook. We will be updating our Urban General Store Facebook Page every week with a recommended product that we think you'll love. Make sure you "like" our page today. 

We will also have a special Mom's Picks Board on Pinterest. We'd love you to follow our pins. 

Or email us at mom[at] and we’ll add you to the Mom’s Picks list.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Is "The NO Button" more powerful than The Force and Mr. T?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ENJOY is "Takin' It to the Streets"

ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE is "Takin' it to the Streets" (or at least the sidewalk) today (Thurs, 8/23) from 4pm-8pm for the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce's Sidewalk Sale. Small tent. Big Deals.

Over 20 Lincoln Square businesses will be participating. Check out the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce Website for more details.

While you waiting for the Sidewalk Sale to begin, please enjoy this most excellent version of the Doobie Brothers' classic.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Lucky 7

When we opened the doors of ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE on a hot day in July 2005, we could have never imagined that we be so welcomed and embraced by the residents, businesses, and visitors of Lincoln Square.  We sought to open a shop with a rotating mix of unexpected, fun, and affordable items that offer the perfect gift for any occasion. We strived to embody the spirit of general stores of the past, becoming a familiar, friendly place where the neighborhood goes to pick up what they need and discover what's new. We didn't want to just be located in Lincoln Square, we wanted to be part of it. We have seen the neighborhood change (and grow) in the past years, and we are excitedly looking forward to what the future holds.  Thank you for 7 amazing years. Without your support and patronage we, literally, would be not be here today. Here’s to many more lucky years. We hope you'll help us celebrate our birthday all month long.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Support ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE in Mission: Small Business℠

We are getting down to the wire.... ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE needs 250 votes to qualify to compete for a $250,000 grant from Chase and LivingSocial. And while Mission: Small Business feels a little like Mission: Impossible right now, we are undaunted.

We are asking for any of our fans, customers, enemies, family, friends, pets, classmates and followers to visit, login with their Facebook credentials or sign up for an account, then search for ENJOY in Chicago and then vote. That's it. Also, you can vote for more than one business. Why not search for your other favorite small business?

But, we are in Chicago… just campaigning for votes doesn't seem like the old "Chicago Way". We'd like to make you an offer you can't refuse. But the rules prohibit any discounts or giveaways.

But we'd love to know that you supported us. So cast your vote for us at then write "I Voted" on our Facebook Wall (or tweet "I Voted" to @ENJOYChicago or email mom [at]

You have our eternal gratitude.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Let Your Pop Know He's Tops

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17.

Remember your dad this Father's Day with a funny, cute or useful gift from and ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE.

Our special Your Pop's Tops section features brand new super high-quality playing cards from Theory11, lots of cocktail accessories including the clever Whisky Stones and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Fathers from the 1970s and 1980s in the Dads Are the Original Hipsters Book.

Whether your dad is a rocker, a fixer, a geekster or one of the original hipsters, there are 100's of gifts to thank your Dad and let your Pop know he’s the Top Dog.

Here are some more great gift ideas for your Dad…

Facebook Father's Day Card
from Ecka & Pecka
Garbage Socks
from Sock It To Me
Reclaimed Sailcloth Card Case (Tarjetero)
from FlowFold

Don't Forget Grandpa
Every Grandfather started out as a Father. He’s our past and our future. The family storyteller and keeper of memories. Remember Grandpa on Father’s Day with “Grandpa. His Stories. His Words”. This handsome fill-in-the-blank journal features 80 pages of questions designed to help create a treasured family keepsake. Also available for Dads, Moms and Grandmas.

Grandpa His Stories His Words
from Compendium

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Everybody's Free (To Graduate)

ENJOY would like to share a post by our Social Media and eCommerce Manager, Stephanie Edwards (author of 101 Things a College Girl Should Know and 101 Things a College Guy Should Know). Below is the commencement address that she would write if she were asked to write one that she hopes will be incorrectly attributed to Mary Schmich as Kurt Vonnegut.
To the Class of 2012:
Congratulations. You did it. 
I know that any advice that you receive in these dewy, salad days of your pending adulthood is probably just wasted on you--like your youth[1]. 
That is ok. You are supposed to be young and carefree. Besides, when you are saddled with $1,234,756 in student loan debt in a few years, you won't even be able to buy a clue. But I will give you two little nuggets of wisdom (for free): 
1) Be kind.  
Yep, it is that simple. Bad things rarely, if ever, come from being kind."Kind", according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, is defined as "having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature".When in doubt, choose to be kind. If being kind is not an option, wait until it is.  
2) Don't put anything on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LiveJournal[2], Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, etc. that you wouldn't want plastered on the side of a bus.  
Like the bus traveling at 35 MPH down a street, things posted on social media sites fly by and are not seen by everyone in real time. But like that bus, postings on social media eventually arrive at a bus stop. And then imagine that your grandmother is at that bus stop, waiting for the bus to take her to the Jewel. And she's all like "Look, that's my granddaughter/grandson on the side of that bus and, oh my..". 
You get the picture. Be discreet. And if you can't be discreet, don't post it. 
That's pretty much it. You'll have to figure the rest out as you go.  Good luck, be kind and, please, wear sunscreen.

[1] Paraphrased from Mary Schmich's "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young" published in the Chicago Tribune in her column on June 1, 1997. In her introduction to the column, she described it as the commencement speech she would give if she were asked to give one. The column soon became the subject of an urban legend, in which it was alleged to be an MIT commencement speech given by author Kurt Vonnegut in that same year (in truth, MIT's commencement speaker that year was Kofi Annan).  

Despite a follow-up article by Schmich on August 3, 1997, in which she referred to the "lawless swamp of cyberspace" that had made her and Kurt Vonnegut "one", by 1999 the falsely attributed story was widespread.

Schmich published a short gift book adaption of the essay, Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life, in 1998. A tenth anniversary edition was published in 2008 by Andrews McMeel.

[2] Ask your older sister or brother.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Happy Workers Day

Take a break and ENJOY these videos celebrating all things "work" featuring The Members, Billy Bragg, Carly Simon and Missy Elliott. 

When you're ready to get Back to Work, shop these office essentials (and nonessentials) from

Get Along With Your Co-Workers Tea from Blue Q
Manifesto Notebook from Wild and Wolf, Ltd.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Everyday is Like Earth Day

The single tear of the Native American reminds you to "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute" the Third Planet because like Q-Tip Says, "Joni Mitchell Never Lies" and you "won't know what you got till it's gone".

Take care of your home. Because everyday is like Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The winner of Merch Madness 2012 is...


The Mini GurglePot

It was close. Very close. But the quirky Mini GurglePot Gurgling Fish Water Pitcher beat the clever Winestein Beer Stein Wine Glass, the functional Guitar Pick Punch Tool and the wacky XL Beer Glass.

The Mini GurglePot will be 20% off until April 30 at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE and

Thank you to all who voted in our Merch Madness contest. We really ENJOY coming up with fun contests, competitions and events so we encourage you to join our eNews List and keep in touch with us via our Facebook Pages, on TwitterPinterestYouTubeYelp!Google+ and keep reading the Blog. Need anything else? Simply email our team of customer service savants, the Masters of Merchandise, at mom [at] urbangeneralstore [dot] com and we'll do whatever we can to assist you in all matters of gift giving and buying. 

Till next year's big dance...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Vote Today for Merch Madness Final Round

Merch Madness 2012 Final Round. 
The hipster cool Winestein Beer Stein Wine Glass is taking on the venerable Grand Dame the Mini GurglePot. Vote online at or in-store at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE. All voters will be entered for a chance to win one of the champion products AND the winning item will be 20% off in April.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

No Fooling, Backup Your Data!

Saturday, March 31 is World Backup Day. In honor of this very important day, we would like to come to you and ask... When is the last time you backed-up your irreplaceable data? If you don't know the answer to this question, stop reading this and go make a backup of your precious family photos, your band’s demo 'tape', your tax return from last year, the manuscript of your great American novel.

If you don't have a backup, you are saying "I do not value this data and I know that I will lose it and I don't care."

After you have completed your backup (the first of many regular and incremental ones, right?), breathe a sigh of relief and have a good laugh because after World Backup Day is April Fools' Day. Check out Time Out Chicago Kids "Right Now We Want-April Fools' edition featuring the Anti-theft Lunch Bags, Finger Tentacles and our other gags and gifts at our April Fools' Day Gags & Tricks.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Merch Madness 2012

Maybe your college basketball brackets are already busted (ours are). But you can still be a winner in ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE's Merch Madness! Every week, you can vote in-store at ENJOY and on the Facebook Page for your favorite product.

Each week in March, two items will go "head to head". Fans and customers can cast their ballot for their favorite product each week. The winning product will be crowned Merch Madness Champion and will be on sale for 20% off in April--both online and in-store at ENJOY. Plus, every voter will be entered for a chance to win the Champion product.

In Round #1, the XL Beer Class by DCI was defeated by the Winestein Glass by Fred.

XL Beer Glass
Winestein Glass
In Round #2, the Mini GurglePot is taking on the Top Ranked Pick Punch Tool.
Mini GurglePot

Pick Punch Tool

Click here to vote today and be entered for a chance to win a Merch Madness Champion Product. 

Here are the current standings in a bracket style (of course):

Like our Facebook page at or stop in ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE to cast your ballot today!

Dislike Facebook or leaving the house or colorful images? Email us at mom [at] to cast your vote. We don't judge.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Anglophilia + Aardvarks = Happiness

We admit it. We are hooked. With the American showing of the series* finale of “Downton Abbey, we just can’t get enough of all things British. That's why we are so excited to announce that we are now a stockist† of products from Wild & Wolf Ltd. Based in Bath, England (a mere 60 miles or 96 kilometers from Highclere Castle, the real-life setting for Downton Abbey), Wild & Wolf Ltd. is a designer, manufacturer, and wholesaler of nostalgic and creative gifts and home accessories. We love their cute Ridley’s Magic Sets.

And who doesn’t love the Mr. Men Little Miss line by Roger Hargreaves?

We can’t help but smile when having a cup of tea (of course) in our new Mr. Happy Mug. But we are really thrilled to offer a line of products that feature a collaboration between Wild & Wolf Ltd. and Aardvark On Sea. Aardvark is the creative project of British artist and designer Lesley and Pea of St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. The design duo specialises‡  in creating fabulous letterpress prints using a vintage Heidelberg press with original wood and metal type. Happiness… is a modern take on The Desiderata by Max Ehrmannwith the sentiments of the poem distilled to create an inspirational range of products that amuse and inspire.

Happiness... by Aardvark

* That’s British for "television season"!
† That’s British for "retailer"!
‡ That’s British for "specializes"!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln

We have a special place in our hearts for the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln is often remembered as one of the greatest US presidents. ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE is located in Lincoln Square on Lincoln Avenue in the Land of Lincoln. So, I guess you could say we're pretty into Lincoln around these parts.

While we admire Mr. Lincoln's political life (Doris Kearn Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" is very good) and, of course, his oratory skills, we would like to celebrate a completely foolish detail of Abe... his Chin Curtain.

A Chin Curtain (also called a Donegal or Lincoln) is a particular style of facial hair that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin completely. Oh how we wish it was called a Lincoln BEFORE Abraham Lincoln wore one, but, sadly, no.

We love everything mustache at So with all due respect to
Brigham Young
C. Everett Koop

and Dr. Zaius

we'd like to re-imagine Abraham Lincoln, using the iPhone/iPad 'Stachetastic app, if he would have committed to FULL facial hair.

And on this day of remembering the pride of Springfield, we'd like to give a final hirstute hip-hip-hooray for our favorite album about our home state, Sufjan Stevens' "Come On Feel The Illinoise".

Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
Make your own Lincoln 'Staches and email them to us at mom at or post it on our Facebook wall at

Friday, February 03, 2012

Baby, it's (still) cold outside

Yes, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow (or, wait, didn't see his shadow).
Either way, the thermometer agrees with that East Coast rodent, winter isn't quite ready to pack up for the spring.

Winter 2012 is like a Journey concert with 7 encores... the beginning leaves you a little cold until things get heated up to "Don't Stop Believin'".

So no glove means no love for those cold mitts.
Kids Fleece Mittens from Bear Hands

Steal a look at this Raccoon Stole!

Raccoon Scarf from Green 3

Wrap your frozen piggies in a pair of bacon socks.
Bacon and Eggs Crew Socks from Sock It To Me

Shop all of our cold weather accessories now at