A Movie Star in Our Midst

One of the first friends I made in Evanston was Bindy Bitterman, owner of Eureka! Antiques and Collectibles.  Both the store and Bindy were the subject of my first blog post.  To know Bindy is to love her. Bindy taught me about ephemera, introduced me to steampunk and regaled me with stories about Chicago and Evanston history. Little did I know she is also a movie star.

A newly released documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, is getting a lot of critical acclaim. The movie is about an odd Chicago-area nanny who photographed thousands of rolls of film, all of them never developed, hoarded them away, and the man who rescued them at auction and brought to the world’s attention a captivating body of work. The film’s website and Facebook pages brim with information about the collection, the movie and its reclusive subject. Bindy knew Vivian and participated in the movie, as this scene from the trailer shows.  

Scene from Finding Vivian Maier

Bindy Bitterman, a star in the making.

The movie is currently playing at Chicago’s Century Centre and Highland Park’s Renaissance Place. Bravo, Bindy!



Eureka! Antiques and Collectibles was one of the first stores I explored in Evanston.  I love this place–it is a treasure trove of memorabilia and interesting items.  The charming and irrepressibly cheery owner, Bindy Bitterman, describes her store as one of the “last of the Mom and Pop antique stores” in the Evanston area.

Under Bitterman’s direction, Eureka! Antiques and Collectibles specializes in historical documents and ephemera about Chicago, with a special emphasis on both Chicago World’s Fairs (1893 and 1933), as well as vintage postcards, paper dolls, Valentines and blotters.  (Ephemera is any object made to be useful for a brief period, such as tickets, invitations or pamphlets.) Well-regarded in her field, Bitterman is sought out by librarians, archivists and serious collectors who respect the breadth of her knowledge.  Vintage posters and photographs, toys and other items pack this tiny store.  Other goodies to pique your fancy include advertising and political memorabilia, costume jewelry, and historical documents.  If you are looking for unusual or one-of-a-kind gifts, Eureka! Antiques and Collectibles is worth a visit.

Location: 705 Washington Street, Evanston 60202.  A block away from the CTA Main Street (Purple) and Metra (UP/NL) Main Street stops.

Telephone: 847-869-9090.  Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.