Once you've found the perfect piece of Chicago real estate, it's time to personalize it and make your home. And while Ikea is convenient and sites like Wayfair or Joss & Main will deliver you basically anything you need, there's no reason to stick with the mainstream when Chicago is home to so many amazing interior design resources.
The Merchandise Mart - The Merchandise Mart and the surrounding River North area is home to dozens of showrooms and galleries that feature high end options and interior design studios that will help you craft the perfect living space. For instance, Haute Living is the place to go for bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, while neighboring Luminaire has high end lighting and more.
Andersonville's Design Boutiques - This trendy north side neighborhood was traditionally home to Chicago's Scandinavian immigrants, and while that's changing, the sense of design and style has remained. There's Scout, Norcross & Scott Home, Brimfield, and Four-Sided all within walking distance of each other; each store is unique but you'll find 20th century American design, some vintage, and an eclectic array of funky treasures.
Architectural Artifacts - Also on the North Side, this warehouse is full of architectural salvage and a global array of antiques sourced from around the world. It's a lot to dig through, but there are some amazing one-of-a-kind pieces to be found.
Lincoln Antique Mall - Another one for fans of the hunt, this 7000 square foot warehouse is packed with interesting furniture, artwork, and accessories in a wide variety of styles.
Mint Home - A North Center boutique with plenty of unique knickknacks and home accessories, all locally sourced. Support your fellow Chicagoans and get some stylish decor items!
Morlen Sinoway Atelier - A Fulton Market showroom that carries over sixty contemporary furniture brands and offers in-house interior design services.
Dial M For Modern - Fans of all things American (and Danish) modern design will enjoy this Noble Square shop.
Jonathan Adler - This internationally renowned designer has a Gold Coast outpost just steps from Michigan Avenue.
Jayson Home - This Lincoln Park mainstay is popular amongst local interior designers for its unique and affordable pieces. Check it out and you'll see why!
The Painted Lady - Fans of all this shabby chic? This romantic vintage-inspired look is epitomized at the Painted Lady in West Town.
Design Within Reach - This contemporary showroom in Lincoln Park is home to high quality quirky modern pieces.
The Golden Triangle - Fan of all things globally-inspired, especially Asian design? You've come to the right place at the Golden Triangle in the River North.