About Avenue N Guitars

The Music Store Chicago Can Trust!

Avenue N Guitars was established by three local musicians in 2006 on North Avenue in the  heart of the historic Wicker Park and Bucktown communities of Chicago.  Founding partners Phil, Tim and Leslie previously spent many years performing music as well as working in the vintage guitar market before launching Ave N. From the beginning, their goal has been to operate a music store Chicago could trust, geared toward the working musician as well as the vintage collector, a place where they care about guitars and especially the people who play them. We strive at Avenue N to provide the Chicago music community with the best in quality yet affordable products, service, instruction and performances. We appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy your visit. Drop in and see us in person when you’re in the neighborhood!

The music store Chicago can trust! Avenue N Guitars

Tim Burns was an opera major in college, but has spent most of his musical career singing and playing in rock, pop and blues bands in Chicago and the Midwest. In the 1990’s he took a much greater interest in all things guitar, studying technique, repair and history of the instrument.

The music store Chicago can trust! Avenue N Guitars

Leslie Semmel started playing guitar at a young age growing up in Iowa influenced by her fathers interest in Swing/jazz. Her interest and knowledge of guitars grew as a collector over the last 25 years. She has a background in law and accounting and keeps the inner workings of Avenue N running smoothly.

The music store Chicago can trust! Avenue N Guitars

With fifteen albums under his belt, Phil Angotti is a well established Chicago singer/songwriter, performer and Beatles/’60’s afficianado. He can frequently be heard on WXRT’s local Anesthetic and seen live in clubs all over the Chicagoland area. He is generally considered the Avenue N resident expert of vintage guitars, particularly, Gibson, Fender, Martin and most fondly, Rickenbacker.


Are you looking through music internships, trying to find one surrounded by real musicians and music lovers from all over the World? Check this out!





www.AvenueNGuitars.com    /    Email: [email protected]    /    Call: (773) 252-5580