I really love Beadniks in general, i have previously been to the one in Sarasota, Florida, but the Chicago location wasn't the best. I work at a Bead Store, and have been beading for years, but since I'm only 18, the staff disregarded me as 'just another teenager,' and didn't give me the time of day. I walked in and no one said anything, not even hello! An older woman walked in after me, and they were all over her asking if she needed help and asking how she was. Just because I'm young doesn't mean I don't have money to spend! I spent about an hour in the store, and only one of the women was helpful. Still, the store is GORGEOUS, and they have a lot of really pretty beads; a ton of Bali and really cute charms. I was disappointed in the selection of semi-precious, and what they did have was pretty expensive. Obviously all the people who work there are really talented, you can tell by the already made jewelry throughout the store, I just think the staff could be a little more friendly. Definitely go, if only to get some ideas.
Pros: Really pretty, fun beads!
Cons: Not so great staff