• Toys For Tots Free Alley Tshirt Giveaway!

    Posted by Mark Thomas
    CHICAGO, IL: The Alley, located at 3221 North Clark Street in the beautiful Lakeview/Wrigleyville area will be sharing in the holiday spirit this year by teaming up with Toys for Tots childrens charity.
    The Alley will be giving donors a free Alley logo Tshirt for every donation. The rules are simple:
    Bring an unwrapped, unoped non fabric or plush toy to The Alley to donate in the Toys For Tots Box.
    Tell a friendly Alley associate you would like to donate the toy, and you will be provided with a free Alley logo Tshirt.

    As owner of The Alley Stores, it brings me great pleasure to help children with less than most of us, especially during the holiday season, which can be very hard on families, and children. Please join with us in extending a token of graciousness to those in need with the Toys For Tots charity.
    Thank you, and happy holidays. Sincerely Mark Thomas
  • Tour the NEW Alley 1776!

    Posted by Joe Turlow

    The New Alley Opens: Look Inside The Reborn Punk Rock Shop, Cafe

    by Ariel Cheung



    LAKEVIEW — The Alley 1776 opened Saturday afternoon, with all the beloved punk apparel its longtime customers have been missing since the original shop closed in early 2016.

    Now a coffee shop with a second-floor pop-up version of The Alley carrying its best-selling T-shirts, belt buckles, leather jackets and accessories, The Alley 1776 will be open starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 3223 N. Clark St.

    The soft opening festivities begin with a smattering of giveaways over the next month, including free tickets to Riot Fest.

    "The last time I did this, I was 10 years younger, and I had a staff of 100 people," said longtime owner of The Alley Mark Thomas. "But I'm excited. It's everything I hoped for."


  • The Alley Opens August 5, 2017!

    Posted by Joe T

    The Alley is OPEN!

    Punk Isn't Dead In Lakeview: The Alley Opening Cafe, Shop Near Old Location


    LAKEVIEW - The Alley might not be able to go home again ... but it can move in across the street. Longtime purveyor of punk Mark Thomas is partnering with Michael Markellos, the Philly sandwich slinger of Belmont Avenue, to open The Alley 1776, a coffee and sandwich shop with a pared-down version of The Alley on the second floor.

  • The Alley To Re-Open in Lakeview in 2017!

    Posted by Joe Turlow

    "I hear from customers almost on a daily basis, asking if we'll reopen. It's killing me. I'm bored, I miss my customers, and I can't wait to be with them again," The Alley Founder/Owner Mark Thomas.

  • The Merchant of Menace: The Alley TV Sizzle Reel

    Posted by Joe Turlow