The Alley re-opens, plans a pop-up at Valpo coffeehouse

The Alley will have a pop-up shop Saturday in the Fluid Coffeebar in Valparaiso.

The Alley, Chicago's longtime countercultural mecca at Belmont and Clark, hosted its own funeral in 2016, and was mourned by many punks, goths and metalheads.

But now the 40-year-old institution known for its edgy T-shirts, leather jackets, gargoyles and subculture fashion has returned as a smaller coffee shop/store just across the street from the old location and it's coming to Valparaiso on Saturday.

The Alley will have a pop-up shop from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Fluid Coffeebar at 159 W. Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso.

"The Alley is coming to meet its NWI fans," Fluid said in a Facebook announcement. "Come meet the owners of the Alley and drink some coffee! The Alley will be giving away 50 free T-shirts! There will also be a raffle for an Alley motorcycle jacket and a pair of Doc Martens! This is a huge popup celebration! Tons of free merch!"

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Long a hub for rebellious youth and society's misfits, The Alley is known for Doc Marten boots, motorcycle jackets, belt buckles, keychains, wallets, jewelry, rock and roll accessories and locally designed T-shirts that make heavy use of skulls and the Chicago flag.

"If you're shopping for something with a skull and crossbones, vampires, brass knuckles, zombies, pirates, metal, rock and roll, or pretty much anything else, we probably have it," The Alley said on its website.

If you miss the pop-up in Valpo, you can check out The Alley at its new location at 3221 N. Clark St. in Chicago.

For more information, call The Alley at 773.883.1800 or visit www.thealleychicago.com.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.