Archives for category: Button-O-Matic

Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day; make your momma proud and eat your peas! Not really into the green stuff? Ease into the veggie lifestyle with a vegan corn dog or vegan chili mac over at Drew’s Eatery in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Drew himself recently stopped by the Busy Beaver office to pick up his custom button order:

Button-O-MaticDrew is now the proud owner of a Button-O-Matic machine filled with 100% recycled paper buttons. So if you have a hankering for some healthier fast food and custom art buttons you should definitely swing by Drew’s Eatery. Be sure to say hello to Drew for us!

Want a custom Button-O-Matic for your upcoming event? Email for pricing.

Chicago Craft Beer Week is officially upon us!
custom buttonRevolution Brewing, Busy Beaver’s favorite coup d’état-inspired restaurant and brewery in Logan Square, ordered a custom Button-O-Matic just in time for the festivities. Take a look:

custom buttonsRevolution Brewing is running a series of events throughout Chicago Craft Beer Week including free brewery tours and the week’s closing event “Beer Fistival.” Be sure to stop by for a pint and a turn at the Button-O-Matic. See you there!

Want a custom Button-O-Matic for your upcoming event? Email for pricing.

The rumors have been confirmed. Yes, the Busy Beaver 2010 Button-O-Matic series does include two secret buttons:
Custom ButtonsLucky button collectors can find these special 1-inch button capsules in button-o-matic machines throughout Chicago. Good luck!

Find a mystery button? Let us know where you found it! Post your pick and location at

Artist Mei Stewart represents Art Supply Warehouse in the new Busy Beaver Button-O-matic Series with this SOUVENIR-themed design.  She explains, Read the rest of this entry »

Eye Spy Optical Button-O-matic Party

Eye Spy Optical Button-O-matic Party

Busy Beaver is brimming with excitement to bring a nomadic Button-O-matic to a unique house of rims called Eye Spy Optical.

Visit Eye Spy Optical this Saturday, September 12 to welcome the Busy Beaver Button-O-matic with beer, bagels, and make-your-own-buttons!  The Chicago Reader and NewCity vote Eye Spy as the “Best Eye Wear Shop” in Chicago for good reason.  Click here for more info.

A cool shop hosts a traveling Button-O-matic vending machine every month this year and celebrates with a party that is free to YOU!  Do you want to host the nomadic, Button-O-matic?  Contact me.

Fly Bird Button-O-matic in Oak Park, Illinois

Fly-Bird Shop Button-O-matic

Remember Constructor Fair?  The awesome shop Fly-Bird organized the event, and is also a host to the Busy Beaver Button-O-matic.

Fly-Bird offers “Curious Items for the Happy Home, Body, and Mind” including the Italian Alessi line, stationary, and Ugly Dolls.

Next time you visit Oak Park, Illinois, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robi House, sit at the soda fountain at Petersen’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, please tell Fly-Bird that Busy Beaver sent you!

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Check out this “lovely” video by Button-O-Matic alum, Chris Uphues.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Chris designed these custom buttons for Busy Beaver Button-O-Matic Series Three, available at Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago:


Check out a story about Chris Uphues’ work on Fred Flare. Busy Beaver Button Co. hearts you, Chris Uphues!