Odd Obsession

1822 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago

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If you or someone you know has an infatuation with niche subsets of films, such as “Popular Hollywood Kung-Fu films of the 1980s” or cult classics, we have the perfect place for you to go. No one's odd obsessions will be made fun of here!

Film and DVD stores are very much a dead art. Not only did the owner of Odd Obsession, Brian Chankin, disagree with this sentiment, he also succeeded in going toe-to-toe with the influx of streaming. He freely admits his store's success has come from the failure of others—picking up what others have left behind in the lightning-fast industry changeover. But there's another reason why his unique shop is still standing tall after 10 years: passion. Chankin is first and foremost a collector, and Odd Obsession reflects his love of film and his enthusiasm in sharing it with others.Over the past eight years, Chankin has grown his shop's collection of movies from 4,000 titles to more than 20,000.

He, as well as his staff of volunteers, love talking about movies and gladly welcome anyone to come and take a peek at the treasures. A flick and conversation from this boutique of cinematic rarities will be the perfect souvenir to bring back.

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