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Ready to Decorate? 7 of the Best Kept Secrets in Chicago Home Decor Shopping

20 Mar 2017 0

Whether you’re moving into a new place, converting a spare room, or just in the mood to redecorate your Chicago condo or apartment, you’ll probably run into one key problem: how the heck are you going to fill this place?

Interior decorating is an art, not a science, and finding the right elements to create a beautiful home requires more than spending a couple grand at Pottery Barn. But when Chicago has so many great home décor and furniture shops, why would you even want to?

If you’re not sure where to start on your hunt for the perfect pieces to transform your house into your home, you’re in luck: we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Chicago décor stores. Every one of the stores on this list offers a gorgeous collection of unique and interesting pieces; we’re confident that even the pickiest decorator will be able to find something that speaks to their aesthetic at one of these local retailers. So get going – visiting these stores is half the fun!


613 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: this European-inspired store is an absolute must for anyone looking for the perfect addition to their home. You’ll find everything from vintage Chicago maps to Paris post-it notes to British flag tea towels, as well as an assortment of “Flea Market Finds” that you never knew you wanted until you saw them.

P.O.S.H. is definitely “accessory” focused, so if you are more in the market for furniture, you would be better served visiting one of the other options on our list. In fact, you might want to check out…

Broadway Antique Market

6130 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660

Going by the slogan, “Recycling 1950 since 1990,” Broadway Antique Market caters to a client base consisting of “a ‘Who’s Who’ of celebrities, designers, stylists, museum curators, film/tv & theater people, spectacular collectors, dealers, better design freaks and fans of every sort…And we mean every.” So needless to say, if you’re in the market for something unique, look no further.

While the furniture at “BAM” is a bit pricier than some other options on the list, it’s not without reason: they sacrifice breadth for depth, and focus on selling fewer items of very high quality. But even if you leave with nothing, a stroll around this collection of gorgeous mid-century antiques is worth the trip.


2201 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois

Praha’s revolving inventory of rare and vintage items are a pleasure to browse, and even more of a pleasure to take home. According to one reviewer, visiting Praha “is like walking into an incredible showroom of antiques that you start to question are antiques because of how great of a condition they are in.”

As for the prices? “Praha almost forgets that it could charge a higher premium for things because they are in a trendy neighborhood in Chicago.”

Paramour Bungalow

5247 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Paramour is a quirky store full of handmade, often one-off arts and crafts from all over the country and the world. Rounding out the selection is a variety of beautiful, unique furniture and decorations.

Each piece is handpicked by the owners, who describe their shop as “a decorating hobby that slowly turned into a thriving business.”

Judy Maxwell Home

1349 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60610

Judy Maxwell Home is a self-labeled “general store,” where you can find all sorts of fun and interesting merchandise to fill your home with. If you’re looking for houseware, eccentric gag gifts, or just something for your man cave, they’ve got you covered.

As a small aside, you may do a double take when you go to ring your items up and recognize the woman behind the counter – Judy Maxwell Home is owned by Joan Cusack, who frequents the shop.

Modern Cooperative

ModCo Pilsen
1215 West 18th Street
Chicago IL 60608

ModCo Hyde Park
1500 East 53rd Street
Chicago IL 60615

Modern Cooperative is a great source of beautiful vintage items, with homemade works from the 60s and 70s (that would feel right at home in Marina City’s aesthetic, we might add).

Find gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces made by local artists, including jewelry, greeting cards and furniture. Prices can vary widely from item to item, so no matter what range you have in mind, you’ll be able to find something for you.

Randolph Street Market

Location changes every month
Check the schedule for the next one!

Looking for something a little different? Then keep your eye out for the next Chicago Antique Market and its hundreds of stalls selling high-quality, well-priced finds of all kind. If you’re looking to snag some new clothing, jewelry or housewares, or simply browse through a wide variety of items, the $8 admission ($5 for students) is a small price to pay for a fun afternoon of wandering around the stalls.

The market takes place once a month, and can be found in one of several locations in the West Loop/Fulton Market delivery area.

Chicago is full of wonderful home décor spots just waiting to be discovered, and it is hard to go wrong with any of the shops on this list. Not only will you find the perfect items for your home, but spending time in these stores is a pleasure in itself. We encourage you to get out there and see for yourself!

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