Charming Urban Finds
This “windy city” is a main hub for travelers, especially those that are looking for fun shopping, great food, and opportunities to soak up a little culture! While most would think first of the traditional Chicago experiences of steaming-hot deep dish pizza and fantastic shopping out on the Magnificent Mile, this is a city that is bursting with talent in many forms just waiting to be discovered. Step off the beaten path with us and discover some true local gems. From Chicago artisan-made clothing to food that represents the multi-cultural backbone of the city, there’s a variety of places to experience the heart and soul of Chicago!
Timeless but always of the moment. Sophisticated but never stuffy. For nearly 20 years, Jayson Home has scoured the globe for modern and vintage furnishings and home accessories designed to inspire. This local Chicago treasure is a REstyleSOURCE favorite….click to read even more about Jayson Home in our Shop Talk feature on the store!
1885 N Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
773 248 8180
Life is full of distractions that fit in the palm of your hand–maybe even the screen you’re using to read these words!–but at Shop 1021, they believe that the life lived authentically is more important than the life portrayed on-screen. Their motto is that a text is no substitute for a “thank you” card, time is a gift in its own right, and small gestures can make a big difference. Shop here for an assortment of thoughtful home & gift items…..and click to read more about this wonderful place in our Shop Talk feature on Shop 1021.
2650 Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
773 235 1021
To wear, to use, to give, to enjoy – for over two decades Elements has been Chicago’s destination of choice for unrivaled surprises. Witty, charming, subtle or fabulously beautiful, Elements objects provide a treasure trove for the truly discerning – jewelry, fashion accessories, tableware, and items for home and bath.
741 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654
312 642 6574
Foursided began its journey in 2001 by merging several of their founder’s loves–the world of art and framing with paper and beautiful gifts. They strive to cultivate communities that enjoy art, and to advance select independent artisans and makers. Foursided has a wonderful team whose mission is to bring each of their guest’s imaginations to life with art, custom framing, curated gifts, ephemera, and vintage objects. Stop by and say hello–and bring your dog, too!
5061 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
773 506 8300
Sprout Home believes that the home and garden can both embody a modern aesthetic. Not only a full-service garden center, Sprout Home also offers a wide selection of home products alongside garden and floral design, installation, and delivery.
745 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
312 226 5950
If you’re looking for truly one-of-a-kind merchandise, Wolfbait & B-girls can provide. Everything in this not so little boutique (they feature over 180 designers) is all hand-crafted by local Chicago artisans, including the two store founders Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler who feature their respective collections Bruiser and Brazen Judy. Anything from hand-made crop-top to home-made teas can be found here. What’s with the name? It has been said that Wolfbait describes girls that move to the city looking for success and B-girls are what those girls turn into – women who find that success and find their homes in shops just like this one. Think of that “B” as standing for all those Bruisers and Brazen Judies.
3131 W. Logan Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60647
Found within the neighborhood of Humboldt Park, Humboldt House is the product of owner Claire Tibbs’s love of the vintage and of the modern. That union comes together beautifully in this shop that has a little bit of everything. The majority of the store’s floor is dedicated to featuring locally found, vintage style furniture, but they also feature locally made jewelry and artwork. An at-home feel is easily created here, especially with shop dog Lady Bird sniffing around and helping find the comfiest sofa in the store to lay out on.
1045 N. California Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60622
Una Mae’s is located in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood and features a diverse and eclectic array of men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories. The shop also offers a unique selection of contemporary brands, accessories, household items, lifestyle products and gifts.
1528 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773 276 7002
Wanting to bring back a memento that’s not an “I Heart Chicago” t-shirt? Inkling has the perfect souvenirs that are still overtly Chicago but don’t lose their uniqueness. The gift shop carries stationary and greeting cards all designed by Chicago artists while also carrying home-made jewelry, beauty products, and other trinkets. While you’re in there picking out gifts for friends back home, don’t forget to check out their exhibition space and get a taste of the best of Chicago’s talent.
2917 N. Broadway St. Chicago, Illinois 60657
With the mentality of “we believe in supporting local businesses and replacing factory,” Dovetail is a great place to duck into if you’re trying to escape from the overwhelming presence of the stores found out on The Magnificent Mile. Dovetail prides itself on its dedication to sifting through estate sales and thrifts store to find pieces that, though technically “vintage,” are still in line with current styles. Both women’s and men’s fashion can be found here, along with a variety of accessories and beauty products. Dovetail loves its community and wants to see it grow and become more beautiful, which is why you’ll also find pieces created by local artisans.
1452 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60642
Merz Apothecary has been a fixture in the Chicago community for 140 years and has been able to hold onto the same fundamentals that it started off with back into 1875: keep it in the family and treat your customers like they are your family. While they carry traditional modern pharmaceuticals, Merz is known for its large selection of natural medicinal products and homeopathic remedies. Natural beauty and grooming products can also be found and are a big hit. So, whether you’re looking for milk and honey bath soap or an old-school men’s shaving kit, Merz Apothecary can help you find it with their warm friendliness that has kept them in business for so long.
4716 North Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625
This doughnut shop is definitely a cozy place, with just a handful of people at a time able to stand inside. The tight corners, though, allow for the amazing smells of Doughnut Vault’s bakery to quickly engulf the shop. The traditional doughnuts are made in small batches to ensure that only high-quality product reaches you and once those batches are sold they close up shop for the day. But don’t worry, if you end up oversleeping and miss out on the in-store doughnuts, Doughnut Vault’s van can be found out on the street saving others who also missed their breakfast fixed.
401 N Franklin St. Chicago, Illinois 60654
With the all counter service dining and 60’s and 70’s Chicago blues playing in the background, Dove’s Luncheonette feels like a step back in time. Dove’s specializes in Mexican inspired Southern cuisine and does not skimp out on the servings – be prepared for hearty warm lunch. The staff seems to have genuine Southern hospitality and with the counter dining there’s a feeling of coming together with everyone in the community.
1545 N Damen Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60622
Honey Butter Fried Chicken can tell you exactly what happens to their chicken, every step of the way, from when that chicken was born to when it hits your plate and all the extra bits afterward. All their chickens come from Amish farms in Indiana, butchered in the restaurant, and, because of Honey Butter’s belief in using everything, the bones are used to make stock for the gravy that comes on the side. This extremely responsible and conscious cooking process is why the food always comes out looking and tasting good.
3361 N Elston Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60618
GT Fish and Oyster’s seafood cuisine finds its niche in-between the traditional and the modern. With the stark seasonal changes that happen in Chicago, GT Fish and Oyster embraces those seasons by creating a new menus tailored for the changes. The restaurant also has a unique cocktail bar that not only provides drinks to complement the fish but also has local beers and none of their cocktails have more than five ingredients. The simplicity of the cocktails ensures the food is never overwhelmed and always center stage.
531 N. Wells St. Chicago, Illinois 60654
Found in the heart of the art district, Nightwood has its doors opened to the local talent and has open exhibition space in multiple areas of the restaurant. While you can enjoy the art, Nightwood also has seating near its open kitchen, out on the patio that either features a fireplace or a garden depending on the time of year, and even has seating in their wine cellar for private parties. Their menu is delicious and refined. You’ll need to come back multiple times so you can taste and see everything.
2119 S. Halsted St. Chicago, Illinois 60608
Bohemian House takes on the full feel of Central Europe. The food holds onto the tradition of Czech, German and Austria food, but keeps it fresh and modern by adding some American touches and taking advantage of seasonal ingredients. With the exposed brick and wood walls and the unique earth-toned furniture, the carefree “boho” vibe will surround you and make for a relaxed dinner.
11 W. Illinois St. Chicago, Illinois 60654