Store of the Month – May 2021

ILL Exotics

1704-06 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Phone Number: (267) 543-2907


Store Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm


Store Owners: Chris Urban & Franco Franchina

It’s always sunny inside this Philadephia store of the month! ILL Exotics is an oasis within the city limits, beaming with rare and unusual flora and fauna. Chris and Franco created this spot as a means to share their passion for rare plants and unusual pets.

Every habitat in their store is bioactive, and strict records are kept for each animal so that when they go to new homes they are sent off with a folder documenting weight history, feeding schedule, and birth certificate.

All reptiles, amphibians, and plants in their store are captive bred, and many of the extremely rare plants ranging from orchids to aroids are bred in Philadelphia by Chris and Franco at what they call the “Greenhaus”.

ILL Exotics has made it as easy as possible to leave your budget at the door, by creating show-stopping displays, and offering nationwide shipping through their website. They give care instructions for all plants and animals sold in their store and are quick to respond to questions through email or any of their social media platforms.

If you manage to visit in person, you’ll notice their room-sized, climate-controlled “ILLarium” showcasing a conservation project for many aroid species.

Make sure you show ILL Exotics some love this month in person, or online!