The Chicago sports enthusiast simply could not design a more awesome online emporium. Clark Street Sports carries merchandise for each of the city's major sporting franchises:
- Chicago Bulls - NBA Basketball, Central Conference, Eastern Division
- Chicago Bears - NFL Football, National Conference, Northern Division
- Chicago Blackhawks - NHL Ice Hockey, Western Conference, Central Division
- Chicago Cubs - Major League Baseball, National League, Central Division
- Chicago White Sox - Major League Baseball, American League, Central Division
Clark Street Sports (CSS) also carries a range of merchandise dedicated to 'The Friendly Confines' of Wrigley Field, home stadium to the Cubs since 1916. It offers a selection of generic 'Chicago' hats and tee shirts and products for all Major League Baseball teams. Also available are tickets for home and away games.
This site is the perfect place to shop for gifts, arm yourself for attendance at sporting events or just for getting lost in daydreams. It is easy to get carried away browsing everything from licence plate holders, infant creepers and snuggies to mugs, bottle openers and shot glasses.
The CSS Story
The company's massive success belies its humble beginnings in the early 1990s when four fans began selling tee shirts out of sacks in the area around Wrigley Field. Clark Street Sports was created in 2004 and rapidly grew from street vending to a chain of multiple retail outlets via a series of mobile kiosks and souvenir trailers. The staff has grown from six people more than forty.
Inspired by friend and mentor Forest Crowley, who tragically lost his life in a violent crime, the four founders remain true to his memory and continue to be involved in the business on a daily basis. Their names are:
- Ridvan Mustafa
- Jason Caref
- Arthur and Philip De Leon (brothers)
Customer feedback about CSS can be fiery. Centerstage, Chicago's Original City Guide, lists three reviews from website users. Two complain about poor service while the third defends the site fiercely and suggests how the detractors should conduct themselves in the future.
No results were found on Epinions, although similar merchandise from Chicago-based teams is reviewed on this site for companies like Fanatics.com, and Fansedge.com. Efforts to find reviews for ClarkStreetSports.com on Amazon, Consumer Reports, CNet and ResellerRatings.com were also unfruitful.
The good news is there were no reports found on RipoffReport.com.
A customer of a Clark Street Sports retail outlet had this to say on Yelp.com.
"Neatly organized and divided by gender, with men's clothing on shoes on the right; women's on the left, this higher-end Sports Authority claims that 80% of its merchandise cannot be found at their regular Sports Authority stores.
"I came on the first day; it was well organized and stocked, the service was patient, knowledgeable and helpful. I will return today to purchase the coat I was considering."
Neither ClarkStreetSports.com nor Clark Street Sports were either listed or accredited by the Better Business Bureau. It's been a bit of a chore trying to locate press stories or information about awards won by this relatively young company. Its own media page does not, so far, have anything to offer. It is still early days and the company appears to be holding its own in this incredibly competitive field.
Neither the global nor US traffic ranks are terribly brilliant at 1,332,770 and 166,550, respectively.
This is reasonable, though not dazzling, at 4/10.
The site has had only 664 unique visitors and a rank by UVS of 1,453,025.
ClarkStreetSports.com has a cash value of approximately $9,581 with a daily ads revenue of $2 and 111 pageviews a day.
Fans may follow ClarkStreetSports.com on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Flickr. The site also has its own blog containing articles on different sports topics.
Company updates are posted frequently but the most recent customer comment was several weeks old.
The Twitter feed is updated regularly.
- Tweets: 1,403
- Following: 85
- Followers: 123
The ClarkStreetSports.com YouTube channel is way out of date. Established on November 26, 2010, it has two videos that have had a total of 6 views. The YouTube channel has not been updated since December 2011.
Clark Street's Pinterest presence is a lot livelier than its YouTube contributions. It has 50 boards, 3,379 Pins, 10 'Likes' and 31 followers. Looks new, but promising.
The ClarkStreetSports photostream on FlickR contains loads of photos of company products.
Google Safe Browsing
Google visited 46 pages over the previous 90 days. No issues were discovered. The site was last visited on October 20, 2012.
Customer Privacy and Security
- ClarkStreet.Com's Privacy and Security policies may be found at the above link.
- ClarkStreet.Com is a verified Authorize.Net merchant.
- The assuring padlock icon and green highlighting appear as soon as the customer enters the checkout area.
Chicago Bears Infant Navy Onesie
Chicago Cubs Royal Gamers Pullover Jacket
Chicago Blackhawks Snapback hat
Chicago Bulls Black Ceramic Mug with Metal Logo
Order processing and shipping
Orders are processed within one or two working days. Shipping time varies with the shipping method. Orders that need extra attention, such as personalizing, or fragile items may require extra processing time. Shipping options are as follows:
- Standard - 4 to 9 business days
- 2 day - 3 to 4 business days
- Next day - 2 to 3 business days
- Economy/Alaska/Hawaii/International - 7 or more business days
Clark Street Sports accepts the following cards as payment for merchandise purchased on its website:
- American Express
ClarkStreetSports also accepts PayPal and Google Checkout.
Clark Street Sports does not accept the following methods of payment on its website:
QPass, EbillMe, EFT, E-Check, BillMeLater, personal checks or money orders.
ClarkStreetSports.com Refunds and Exchanges
Merchandise may be exchanged or returned within 30 days of the date on which it was ordered as shown on the receipt. Items must be returned in a saleable, unused, original condition with all stickers, tags and labels attached. Items purchased online may also be returned or exchanged at a Clark Street retail outlet. A completed Return Exchange Form must be returned with the merchandise.
The following items may not be returned or exchanged:
- Custom, clearance, sale or personalized products
- Underwear and swimwear
- Gift Cards
- Any item that is deemed to have been used. This may be evidence by marks or ordors or by not being in the original condition.
- All dated and special event merchandise
Returned or exchanged merchandise should be sent to:
Clark Street Sports
Returns and Exchanges Department
2000 W. Fulton Suite 310
Chicago, IL. 60612
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