Although not popular as LA or New York as shopping destinations, Chicago has been named the third best shopping destination in the US. With a mix of high-end destinations, thrift shops, vintage stores and independent options, it’s nearly impossible to come home without an extra shopping bag or two.
Clothes and other trinkets aren't the only things to shop for in Chicago. In a city that is obsessed with and known for its architecture, it isn't surprising that Chicago also puts a premium on their building’s interiors. There is something for every style.
Be it luxurious, rustic, or eclectic, here are some of the best places to buy household items in Chicago.
1300 N Dearborn St
Housed where the historic Three Arts Club used to stand (and still making use of the name), Restoration Hardware’s Chicago flagship store, located right smack in the middle of the Gold Coast, embodies the luxuriousness that reflects the brand. The American furnishing company offers furniture, lighting, textiles, rugs, bathware, décor, and outdoor goods.
The six-story gallery houses the furniture showroom, which could take you at least half a day to explore. The 70,000 square-foot space also houses a courtyard, music hall, and roof garden that will hold the attention of impatient companions if the well-designed showrooms don't do the trick. After all that shopping, grab a bite at the Three Arts Club cafe, which is managed by restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff. How Restoration Hardware took a showroom and turned it into a chic space to hang out and actually experience furniture is something many will try to replicate but most will probably fall short.
1885 N Clybourn Ave
A mix of both vintage and modern finds can be found at Jayson Home, where items such furniture, tableware, lighting, candles, books, pillows, and textiles are sourced from around the world. If the furniture options are not up to your speed, take a look around the garden, where you can pick a nice floral arrangement. Better yet, drop by the annual fall flea market—complete with DJs and local brews.
5219 N Clark St
Brimfield is a shop that specializes in reupholstering vintage furniture, but those on the lookout for furniture reminiscent of log cabins and cottages will also appreciate their 20th-century inspired goods. With over 8 years in business at their Andersonville location, Brimfield is known for its eclectic modern-yet-rustic vibe. With a name inspired by owner Julie Fernstrom’s favorite plaid, expect lots of plaid.
1819 W Grand Ave
All things shabby chic and French Country-inspired have a place in The Painted Lady. The shop, in West Town, also specializes in repurposing vintage furniture, with methods that include tastefully distressing and painting to suit their clients’ needs. From French provincial dining tables and apothecary jars, to vintage chandeliers and farmhouse finds, anything you want can be sourced here and customized at fair prices.
213 W Institute Pl
A haven for architects, interior designers, and design enthusiasts, Haute Living is the hub that brings together emerging designers and progressive brands that special specialize in modern and contemporary design.
Ready to dress up your home? Where are your favorite places to buy hosehold items in Chicago?