10 Must-Visit Home Design Stores in Chicago
The Windy City has been ramping up its offerings, and these are the spots to check out now.
Published Mar 2, 2017 5:00 AM
Gather Home + Lifestyle
Located in the Wicker Park neighborhood, Gather Home + Lifestyle (2321 W North Ave, Chicago) is a gorgeous modern general store owned and operated by former visual merchandiser Kristen Basilo. Gather features a variety of homegoods—from tabletop and textiles to leather and apothecary goods—that are all created by independent artisans and designers who share a clean, minimal aesthetic.
Norcross and Scott Home
Norcross and Scott Home (1476 W Berwyn Ave, Chicago) is an expertly curated home store and full-service design studio created by designers Amanda Norcross and Scott Paterek. Situated on a cozy side street off the new design corridor of Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville, Norcross and Scott Home offers a wide range of product lines and brands discovered by Amanda and Scott that Chicago design enthusiasts may not already know.
Unison Home (1911 W Division St, Chicago) specializes in bringing great design and quality craftsmanship to everyday objects. They feature high quality, affordable textiles and soft goods that are distinguished by bold colors and unique patterns. The also focus on product lines created as special collaborations with modern artists and designers, such softgoods lines designed as Cody Hudson and Hillary Sproatt.
Located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Modern Cooperative (1215 West 18th Street, Chicago) is a collective of 75 local vintage dealers specializing in Mid-Century furniture and home goods, as well as artists and makers who design and create using re-purposed materials. From vintage furniture to handmade decor items and beautifully crafted paper goods, visiting Modern Cooperative is like a shopping at the best summer pop-up bizarres all year round.
Named after owner Jean Marie Cate’s beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Martha Mae (5407 N. Clark Street, Chicago) is a lovingly designed shop specializing in art supplies and beautiful, useful things for the home. Jean Marie features an array of unique items from gorgeous floral prints and framed artwork to home decor items to a variety of unique office supplies (i.e. supplies to make your own custom business cards and tiny decorative glass bottles filled with gold paperclips).
Neighborly (2003 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago) is the brick-and-mortar home design store founded by Ork Posters creator Jenny Beorkrem as a way to “connect people with other independent artisans.” Neighborly features many locally-sourced items from independent designers and small manufacturers and offers a wide variety of eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind items that celebrate Midwest heritage.
Humboldt House (1045 N. California Ave, Chicago) was founded in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood by artist Claire Tibbs as a way to combine her love for art, design, and vintage finds with a welcoming and community-oriented neighborhood shop. From vintage Turkish rugs to modern ceramics and textiles, Humboldt House is a great resource for unique finds and is a fabulous place to browse for design inspiration.
District (4835 N Damen Ave, Chicago) is a furniture and home goods store specializing in refurbished Mid-Century castoffs that owner and artist Chris Murphy lovingly restores and revitalizes into modern statement pieces. Alongside vintage furniture, District features an assortment of original artwork, home decor items, and locally-made carry goods.
South Loop Loft
South Loop Loft (308 N. Leavitt Street, Chicago) is a stunning, 3,500 square-foot showroom in Chicago’s West Town Design District featuring a rotating selection of furniture, home goods, and artwork sourced from across the U.S. and around the world. Vintage overdyed rugs, mint condition Chesterfield sofas, lucite table lamps, and French marble side tables are just a few of the unique items available at the showroom.
Asrai Garden (1935 W. North Ave., Chicago) is quite simply magical. A bold and dramatic floral showroom and home goods store, it’s the perfect place to pick up a stunning bouquet, browse original home and personal goods, and soak up the lush, joyful atmosphere.