Field Notes

Field Notes "I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."
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Field Notes Brand is a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.

New neighbor!  opens Thursday at Grand and Ashland. A proper cocktail bar.
12/19/2023

New neighbor! opens Thursday at Grand and Ashland. A proper cocktail bar.

If you’re in Chicago, or can get here, we’re hosting a Holiday Shop this Saturday and Sunday at HQ. We’ll be open from 1...
12/15/2023

If you’re in Chicago, or can get here, we’re hosting a Holiday Shop this Saturday and Sunday at HQ. We’ll be open from 10 to 4pm each day and have invited a bunch of our most creative friends to come show their work.

Roster and Details

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An occasional series of unattributed selections from the Field Notes HQ production archives.
12/13/2023

An occasional series of unattributed selections from the Field Notes HQ production archives.

Come hang out this weekend!
12/13/2023

Come hang out this weekend!

If you’re local, or can get here, we will be hosting a Holiday Shop on December 16th and 17th at HQ. Open for business S...
12/13/2023

If you’re local, or can get here, we will be hosting a Holiday Shop on December 16th and 17th at HQ. Open for business Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4pm and we’ve invited a bunch of our most creative friends to come show their work.











It’s the same weekend as Renegade Craft Fair, which will be going on just a couple blocks east of us. So come see us both, but maybe bring your credit card to HQ first. :-)

We’d love to see you at 401 North Racine Avenue. Our complete line of products is available, as well as a selection of “Rarities” from The Archives, press sheets and other miscellaneous goods. Credit Cards only. Parking plus nerdy type, design and printing conversations are available. Coffee too.

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Let’s Go: Today (12/12) only, we’re having a 50% off sale on three of our most popular products. No minimums. No promo c...
12/12/2023

Let’s Go: Today (12/12) only, we’re having a 50% off sale on three of our most popular products. No minimums. No promo codes. No BS.

It’s a last blast to get your holiday shopping done. Take half-off Pitch Black Note Books and Memo Books, The Expedition Edition, and Calendars.

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12/11/2023

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FRIENDS AND THE THINGS THEY MAKEIf you’re local, or planning ahead to visit our fair city before the holidays, we be hos...
12/08/2023

FRIENDS AND THE THINGS THEY MAKE

If you’re local, or planning ahead to visit our fair city before the holidays, we be hosting a Holiday Shop on December 16th and 17th at HQ. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4pm and we’ve invited a bunch of our most creative friends to come show their work.

Our Holiday Shop is the same weekend as Renegade Craft Fair, which will be going on just a couple blocks east of us. So come see us both, but maybe bring your credit card to HQ first. :-)

We’d love to see you at 401 North Racine Avenue. Our complete line of products is available, as well as a selection of “Rarities” from The Archives, press sheets and other miscellaneous goods. Credit Cards only. Parking plus nerdy type, design and printing conversations are available. Coffee too.

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A Birch Bark just chillin’ with an Original Craft and a Pitch Black. Photo:
12/07/2023

A Birch Bark just chillin’ with an Original Craft and a Pitch Black. Photo:

If you’re in Chicago, or can get here, we’re hosting a Holiday Shop on December 16 and 17 at HQ. We’ll be open Saturday ...
12/06/2023

If you’re in Chicago, or can get here, we’re hosting a Holiday Shop on December 16 and 17 at HQ. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4pm and we’ve invited a bunch of our most creative friends to come show their work.

Our Holiday Shop is the same weekend as Renegade Craft Fair, which will be going on just a couple blocks east of us. So come see us both, but maybe bring your credit card to HQ first.

We’ll have our complete line of products on hand, as well as a selection of “Rarities” from The Archives. Parking plus nerdy type, design and printing conversations will be available. Coffee too.

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Our fourth monthly newsletter goes out tomorrow. Inside dope from a dope inside. Get on The List today. Link in bio.
12/05/2023

Our fourth monthly newsletter goes out tomorrow. Inside dope from a dope inside. Get on The List today. Link in bio.

Hey Field Notes pals, During December, please help BDP give Warm Winter Meals to those in need in Chicago. Delicious box...
12/04/2023

Hey Field Notes pals, During December, please help BDP give Warm Winter Meals to those in need in Chicago. Delicious boxed meals are $10 each & will deliver 2 for each one you buy. LINK IN BIO!

Thanks to Russell Davies for the mention in his new book “Do Interesting: Notice. Collect. Share” from the  Ordered a co...
12/04/2023

Thanks to Russell Davies for the mention in his new book “Do Interesting: Notice. Collect. Share” from the

Ordered a copy for the HQ library just now.

Our mails announcing the Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale last week, included this simple sentence and a link.“It pays t...
11/30/2023

Our mails announcing the Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale last week, included this simple sentence and a link.

“It pays to read your emails from Field Notes carefully. If you don’t, you might miss something really important.”

Folks who clicked the link were instructed to add the phrase “COUNT ME IN” to the notes field of their orders to be included in a drawing to win one of 100 sold-out Quarterly Editions.

Here are the winners: https://fieldnotesbrand.com/dispatches/2023/one-hundred-winners

December 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm we’re hosting a holiday shop at  HQ and we’ve invited a bunch of our most creative f...
11/28/2023

December 16 and 17 from 10am to 4pm we’re hosting a holiday shop at HQ and we’ve invited a bunch of our most creative friends to come show their work.

Save the dates.

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11/28/2023

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We had a blast and made a lot of new frienda, and caught up with old ones too, at our Winter Launch Party & Happy Hour l...
11/20/2023

We had a blast and made a lot of new frienda, and caught up with old ones too, at our Winter Launch Party & Happy Hour last weekend. Thanks everyone for coming. Plus the Crew and and

Our next event is a Winter Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17. Details to come. Stay tuned and save the dates.

Start a Quarterly Subscription now and we’ll ship you two Field Notes “Heartland” 3-Packs plus a sweet, custom, made-in-...
11/20/2023

Start a Quarterly Subscription now and we’ll ship you two Field Notes “Heartland” 3-Packs plus a sweet, custom, made-in-the-USA keychain featuring the cover art from one of the three covers. Then, we’ll ship the Spring, Summer and Fall Editions (and subscriber bonuses) to you as they’re released.

We’ve got some big plans for 2024, so now would be a good time to get on board.

Subscribers get free USA shipping on all four Quarterly Editions, and remember, active subscribers save 10% when shopping on our site and can also can purchase one of our signed, numbered, and stamped “Heartland” Limited Edition Prints at half-price.

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Subscribers get a special bonus item, PLUS a 50% discount on these limited-edition, signed, numbered, and stamped “Heart...
11/20/2023

Subscribers get a special bonus item, PLUS a 50% discount on these limited-edition, signed, numbered, and stamped “Heartland” Prints. So you know, they’re almost gone.

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Winners of the “And a Cup of Joe” contest from our monthly Staple Day Newsletter. Link in bio.
11/16/2023

Winners of the “And a Cup of Joe” contest from our monthly Staple Day Newsletter.

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Starting about the same time as the 20th century, American agricultural companies created pocket-sized notebooks as prom...
11/16/2023

Starting about the same time as the 20th century, American agricultural companies created pocket-sized notebooks as promotional items to be gifted to Midwestern farmers.
Frequently illustrated with scenes of farm life, these books found their way into countless pockets, tool boxes, and workshops on small family farms across the country. This Quarterly Release pays tribute to these books and the folks who made and used them.

The covers of the three books, when opened, align cover-to-cover to create a panorama of an Amercian farm landscape, over the course of a single day. The illustrations are by artist and screenprinter

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Subscribers get a special bonus item, and a 50% discount on these limited-edition, signed, numbered, and stamped “Heartl...
11/15/2023

Subscribers get a special bonus item, and a 50% discount on these limited-edition, signed, numbered, and stamped “Heartland” Prints available too.

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401 N Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL
60642

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Our Story

Inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company of Portland and Coudal Partners, a Chicago creative firm, have created Field Notes Brand, a collection of smartly-designed, vintage-styled pocket notebooks, calendars, and various office accoutrements.

In 2006, Aaron Draplin, a designer and collector of American ephemera, decided to create an homage to the utilitarian pocket notebooks found in the first half of the 20th century at full-service gas stations, midwestern feed stores, and all points in between. (Lots more on the products that inspire us here.) He called the hundred or so books he’d printed, “Field Notes,” and sent them out to friends, including Jim Coudal. The day that first book arrived in Chicago, Jim called Aaron. In less than a week, a company was born.

Beginning with packages of three graph-ruled booklets wrapped with a thick “kraft” brown cover, Field Notes has since printed dozens of variations and introduced wildly popular limited editions, exploring new colors, papers, printing processes, and special packaging.

From the very beginning, every Field Notes paper product has been manufactured in the U.S.A. From the paper, sourced from some of the finest mills in the Midwest, to even the inks used, the production of Field Notes has never required travel on a cargo ship or plane; just the roads crisscrossing the country.


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