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When it comes to home furnishings, Chicago has a rich history dating back to the golden heydays of Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck and Co. That same tradition lives on today in industry hubs like the Merchandise Mart as well as countless small boutiques scattered across the gallery districts of River North, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Ravenswood, and others.

Whatever your style or budget, Chicago has a furniture store to suit your needs. Track down that perfect one-of-kind item for your home or simply spend a lazy weekend day browsing for fun. You can’t go wrong at these 27 spots. Looking for stores that specialize in second-hand pieces? Check our guide to Chicago’s best vintage furniture stores.

The list is arranged from north to south.

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Norcross and Scott Home

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From better-known designers to emerging brands and artists, Norcross and Scott Home has it all. The Andersonville business is committed to bringing fresh designs to Chicago and offers personalized residential interior design services. Completely remake your space or perhaps pick up the perfect accent piece.

Cassona Home Furnishings

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This Andersonville boutique offers contemporary, modern, functional furniture “at affordable prices ideal for urban decor,” according to its owners. Here you’ll find a wide selection of sofas, sectionals, coffee tables, end tables, consoles, dressers, nightstands, and media units. The neighborhood shop prides itself on its selection of midcentury-inspired pieces as well as attentive service.

Cassona all creamy for winter. Come to see our winter-inspired showroom. We'll be waiting for you! #Winter #Inspiration...

Posted by Cassona home furnishings and accessories on Friday, October 18, 2019

District

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Since 2015, District has offered its customers affordable midcentury furniture including a mix of vintage originals, modern-day reproductions, and complementing accent pieces. The Ravenswood shop also hosts monthly events with local artists and designers.

This shop, with locations across the country, bills itself as a place for “furniture with soul.” It specializes in wood pieces of all shapes and sizes—many coming from faraway places like India and Indonesia. Whether your taste is traditional, modern, industrial, farmhouse chic, or rustic, Nadeau has something for you.

Wrightwood Furniture

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If you’re looking for rustic wooden furniture with a splash of industrial Chicago chic, be sure to check out Wrightwood Furniture in Lakeview. The shop carries a wide selection of solid—and in many cases colorful—pieces that are sure to catch your eye. There are also tons of Chicago flag-themed accent items from throw pillows to benches.

Roy's Furniture

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This family-owned and -operated business has been serving Lincoln Park and the greater Chicago area since 1960. Based out of a 25,000-square-foot showroom on Sheffield Avenue, Roy’s offers its customers a wide selection of pieces for the living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, and more as well as design consultation services.

Pagoda Red

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This renowned local purveyor of Chinese furniture and antiques operates a 15,000-square-foot facility tucked away along the north branch of the Chicago River at the border of Bucktown and Lincoln Park. The “rough luxe” warehouse holds a full collection of over 4,000 pieces, amassed over 20-plus years of travel. 

Pavilion Antiques

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Founded by Deborah Colman and Neil Kraus, both graduates of the master of fine arts program at the Art Institute of Chicago with longstanding interests in art and design, Pavilion is said to be Nate Berkus' go-to spot when he’s in town. The Bucktown store is known for its post-war furniture scooped up by its owners on frequent trips to France and Italy. Shop here if you’re looking for something unique.

Interior Define

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In Lincoln Park, swing by Interior Define: a brand known primarily for its custom sofas, chairs, beds, and—most recently—dining collections. Pick the shape, fabric, legs, cushions, and more and Interior Define will take care of the rest. The company also offers an iOS augmented reality app that lets you visualize the made-to-order pieces in your home.

Blu Dot

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This showroom, designed by Chicago architect John Ronan, is located along the Clybourn Corridor on the western edge of Lincoln Park. Founded in 1997 by three Minneapolis friends looking for well-made, affordable, modern furniture, Blu Dot offers just that: Good-looking, durable, classic, contemporary designs at competitive prices.

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Jayson Home

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This large Lincoln Park showroom features a handsome selection of modern and vintage furniture, lighting, pillows, textiles, and tableware. Popular among designers and architects for decking out some of downtown's newest luxury rental towers, Jayson Home is full of beautiful things. Our personal favorite? End tables made of polished petrified wood. The shop also has a great selection of plants and flowers.

This Danish brand is a relative newcomer to Chicago’s furniture scene and recently opened its third U.S. location in Lincoln Park. The 3,500-square-foot store strives to make good Scandinavian design accessible to the largest possible audience, its owners tell Curbed Chicago.

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EQ3 Chicago Halsted

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This Canadian-based brand is a relative newcomer to the Chicago interior design scene but is already making waves. EQ3 has a Halsted Street showroom in Lincoln Park as well as a location in River North’s Shops at Northbridge. It offers a versatile selection of furniture reflecting a “simple, clean aesthetic,” according to company’s website.

RH at the 3 Arts Club

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Far from your average Restoration Hardware, Chicago's flagship store has taken over the historic 3 Arts Club Building designed by Holabird & Roche in 1914. The Gold Coast location features multiple levels of showrooms wrapping around a central winter garden and cafe. Grab a glass of wine and browse as you wait for your table downstairs.

Manifesto

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Located at the corner of Wells Street and Chicago Avenue on the city’s Near North Side, this stylish 4,000-square-foot boutique stocks modern pieces that would look at home in one of Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist glass homes. The high-quality and made-to-order pieces, however, don’t come cheap.

Luminaire

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River North's Luminaire has specialized in high-end contemporary furniture and lighting for nearly 30 years. The avant-garde timber loft gallery includes a library stocked with design-oriented coffee table books to display atop your new furniture.

Jonathan Adler

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Starting his career in pottery, Jonathan Adler has exploded onto the national design scene, opening locations in every major US city along the way. Offering furniture, lighting, and accent pieces in the designer's signature ultra-glam, Hollywood regency style, Chicago's Gold Coast location never disappoints.

South Loop Loft

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Despite its “South Loop” name, this well-known Chicago design shop is located in the River West neighborhood. Offering an eclectic lineup of vintage furniture and unusual art pieces, South Loop Loft strives to “bring the undiscovered and the not easily found to our design colleagues, home owners, and city.”

Room & Board

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Although Room & Board has other Chicago-area locations and stores in New York, San Francisco, and LA, its multilevel downtown showroom is still worth checking out. The company offers well-made pieces with a timeless, midcentury-inspired vibe. With so many sizes, colors, and finishes to choose from, you should be able to find (or custom) order the exact piece you need.

The Golden Triangle

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Stepping into the Golden Triangle in the historic Reid Murdoch building is like taking a trip to a faraway land. Lit by paper lanterns and featuring furniture, artifacts, and even entire ornately carved wood walls imported from the Far East and Europe, this large downtown showroom is a truly immersive experience.

Morlen Sinoway Atelier

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Based in Chicago's trendy Fulton Market District, this bright showroom with midcentury flair represents over 60 brands of contemporary furniture, lighting, home accessories, and rugs. Morlen Sinoway Atelier has an extensive online catalog as well as in-house interior design service if you happen to need a professional helping hand.

This summer, Knoll moved out of the Merchandise Mart into this stunning Fulton Market showroom designed in collaboration with global architecture firm Gensler. Although the company specializes in many commercial brands more suited to trendy office space, the colorful Instagram-ready spot is a great spot to get some inspiration—just make sure to call for an appointment ahead of time.

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Primitive

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Located just west of the Loop proper, this establishment specializes in international design and features a mix of modern and antique furniture from cultures around the globe. The second floor and its ornate “Buddha room” is also a popular private event venue.

Modern Classics Furniture

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Although primarily an online retailer, Modern Classics Furniture offers a physical showroom to display its custom-made pieces inspired by the iconic designs of the Bauhaus, midcentury modern, and Scandinavian modern movements. The downtown space, located in Michigan Avenue’s Fine Arts Building, overlooks the Art Institute and Millennium Park and is worth stopping by if you seek the timeless appeal of 20th century modernism.

57st. Design

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57st. Design focuses on contemporary wood pieces including tables, bed frames, dressers, and more. The company traces its roots back 30 years to when its founder began building bookcases out of a small garage on 57th Street in Hyde Park (hence the name). The company designs, manufactures, and sells all of its products in-house and operates a showroom in an old warehouse along Cermak Road on Chicago’s Lower West Side.

New Age Chicago Furniture

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Since 1910, this South Side retailer provides a decent selection of traditional and contemporary pieces at reasonable prices. While perhaps not as trendy as some of the other boutiques on the list, the family-run business offers plenty of financing options for its customers—including individuals with less-than-perfect credit histories. And the shop’s large neon sign is a neighborhood landmark along South Cottage Grove Avenue.

Modern Cooperative Hyde Park

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Modern Cooperative—or Modco for short—started off in Pilsen before opening this Hyde Park location, which has served as a popular shopping destination along 53rd Street since 2015. The boutique has a little bit of everything, including new contemporary furniture as well as refurbished classics from the 1960s and 70s. If you want to check out the South Side shop, you better do so soon. Its owners intend to close the store by the end of April and relocate to Dallas, Block Club Chicago reports.

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Norcross and Scott Home

From better-known designers to emerging brands and artists, Norcross and Scott Home has it all. The Andersonville business is committed to bringing fresh designs to Chicago and offers personalized residential interior design services. Completely remake your space or perhaps pick up the perfect accent piece.

Cassona Home Furnishings

This Andersonville boutique offers contemporary, modern, functional furniture “at affordable prices ideal for urban decor,” according to its owners. Here you’ll find a wide selection of sofas, sectionals, coffee tables, end tables, consoles, dressers, nightstands, and media units. The neighborhood shop prides itself on its selection of midcentury-inspired pieces as well as attentive service.

Cassona all creamy for winter. Come to see our winter-inspired showroom. We'll be waiting for you! #Winter #Inspiration...

Posted by Cassona home furnishings and accessories on Friday, October 18, 2019

District

Since 2015, District has offered its customers affordable midcentury furniture including a mix of vintage originals, modern-day reproductions, and complementing accent pieces. The Ravenswood shop also hosts monthly events with local artists and designers.

Nadeau

This shop, with locations across the country, bills itself as a place for “furniture with soul.” It specializes in wood pieces of all shapes and sizes—many coming from faraway places like India and Indonesia. Whether your taste is traditional, modern, industrial, farmhouse chic, or rustic, Nadeau has something for you.

Wrightwood Furniture

If you’re looking for rustic wooden furniture with a splash of industrial Chicago chic, be sure to check out Wrightwood Furniture in Lakeview. The shop carries a wide selection of solid—and in many cases colorful—pieces that are sure to catch your eye. There are also tons of Chicago flag-themed accent items from throw pillows to benches.

Roy's Furniture

This family-owned and -operated business has been serving Lincoln Park and the greater Chicago area since 1960. Based out of a 25,000-square-foot showroom on Sheffield Avenue, Roy’s offers its customers a wide selection of pieces for the living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, and more as well as design consultation services.

Pagoda Red

This renowned local purveyor of Chinese furniture and antiques operates a 15,000-square-foot facility tucked away along the north branch of the Chicago River at the border of Bucktown and Lincoln Park. The “rough luxe” warehouse holds a full collection of over 4,000 pieces, amassed over 20-plus years of travel. 

Pavilion Antiques

Founded by Deborah Colman and Neil Kraus, both graduates of the master of fine arts program at the Art Institute of Chicago with longstanding interests in art and design, Pavilion is said to be Nate Berkus' go-to spot when he’s in town. The Bucktown store is known for its post-war furniture scooped up by its owners on frequent trips to France and Italy. Shop here if you’re looking for something unique.

Interior Define

In Lincoln Park, swing by Interior Define: a brand known primarily for its custom sofas, chairs, beds, and—most recently—dining collections. Pick the shape, fabric, legs, cushions, and more and Interior Define will take care of the rest. The company also offers an iOS augmented reality app that lets you visualize the made-to-order pieces in your home.

Blu Dot

Image courtesy of Caroline Geiser

This showroom, designed by Chicago architect John Ronan, is located along the Clybourn Corridor on the western edge of Lincoln Park. Founded in 1997 by three Minneapolis friends looking for well-made, affordable, modern furniture, Blu Dot offers just that: Good-looking, durable, classic, contemporary designs at competitive prices.

Image courtesy of Caroline Geiser

Jayson Home

This large Lincoln Park showroom features a handsome selection of modern and vintage furniture, lighting, pillows, textiles, and tableware. Popular among designers and architects for decking out some of downtown's newest luxury rental towers, Jayson Home is full of beautiful things. Our personal favorite? End tables made of polished petrified wood. The shop also has a great selection of plants and flowers.

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This Danish brand is a relative newcomer to Chicago’s furniture scene and recently opened its third U.S. location in Lincoln Park. The 3,500-square-foot store strives to make good Scandinavian design accessible to the largest possible audience, its owners tell Curbed Chicago.

Courtesy Jonathan Hokklo

EQ3 Chicago Halsted

This Canadian-based brand is a relative newcomer to the Chicago interior design scene but is already making waves. EQ3 has a Halsted Street showroom in Lincoln Park as well as a location in River North’s Shops at Northbridge. It offers a versatile selection of furniture reflecting a “simple, clean aesthetic,” according to company’s website.

RH at the 3 Arts Club

Far from your average Restoration Hardware, Chicago's flagship store has taken over the historic 3 Arts Club Building designed by Holabird & Roche in 1914. The Gold Coast location features multiple levels of showrooms wrapping around a central winter garden and cafe. Grab a glass of wine and browse as you wait for your table downstairs.

Manifesto

Located at the corner of Wells Street and Chicago Avenue on the city’s Near North Side, this stylish 4,000-square-foot boutique stocks modern pieces that would look at home in one of Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist glass homes. The high-quality and made-to-order pieces, however, don’t come cheap.

Luminaire

River North's Luminaire has specialized in high-end contemporary furniture and lighting for nearly 30 years. The avant-garde timber loft gallery includes a library stocked with design-oriented coffee table books to display atop your new furniture.

Jonathan Adler

Starting his career in pottery, Jonathan Adler has exploded onto the national design scene, opening locations in every major US city along the way. Offering furniture, lighting, and accent pieces in the designer's signature ultra-glam, Hollywood regency style, Chicago's Gold Coast location never disappoints.

South Loop Loft

Despite its “South Loop” name, this well-known Chicago design shop is located in the River West neighborhood. Offering an eclectic lineup of vintage furniture and unusual art pieces, South Loop Loft strives to “bring the undiscovered and the not easily found to our design colleagues, home owners, and city.”

Room & Board

Although Room & Board has other Chicago-area locations and stores in New York, San Francisco, and LA, its multilevel downtown showroom is still worth checking out. The company offers well-made pieces with a timeless, midcentury-inspired vibe. With so many sizes, colors, and finishes to choose from, you should be able to find (or custom) order the exact piece you need.

The Golden Triangle

Stepping into the Golden Triangle in the historic Reid Murdoch building is like taking a trip to a faraway land. Lit by paper lanterns and featuring furniture, artifacts, and even entire ornately carved wood walls imported from the Far East and Europe, this large downtown showroom is a truly immersive experience.

Morlen Sinoway Atelier

Based in Chicago's trendy Fulton Market District, this bright showroom with midcentury flair represents over 60 brands of contemporary furniture, lighting, home accessories, and rugs. Morlen Sinoway Atelier has an extensive online catalog as well as in-house interior design service if you happen to need a professional helping hand.

Knoll

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This summer, Knoll moved out of the Merchandise Mart into this stunning Fulton Market showroom designed in collaboration with global architecture firm Gensler. Although the company specializes in many commercial brands more suited to trendy office space, the colorful Instagram-ready spot is a great spot to get some inspiration—just make sure to call for an appointment ahead of time.

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Primitive

Located just west of the Loop proper, this establishment specializes in international design and features a mix of modern and antique furniture from cultures around the globe. The second floor and its ornate “Buddha room” is also a popular private event venue.

Modern Classics Furniture

Although primarily an online retailer, Modern Classics Furniture offers a physical showroom to display its custom-made pieces inspired by the iconic designs of the Bauhaus, midcentury modern, and Scandinavian modern movements. The downtown space, located in Michigan Avenue’s Fine Arts Building, overlooks the Art Institute and Millennium Park and is worth stopping by if you seek the timeless appeal of 20th century modernism.

57st. Design

57st. Design focuses on contemporary wood pieces including tables, bed frames, dressers, and more. The company traces its roots back 30 years to when its founder began building bookcases out of a small garage on 57th Street in Hyde Park (hence the name). The company designs, manufactures, and sells all of its products in-house and operates a showroom in an old warehouse along Cermak Road on Chicago’s Lower West Side.

New Age Chicago Furniture

Since 1910, this South Side retailer provides a decent selection of traditional and contemporary pieces at reasonable prices. While perhaps not as trendy as some of the other boutiques on the list, the family-run business offers plenty of financing options for its customers—including individuals with less-than-perfect credit histories. And the shop’s large neon sign is a neighborhood landmark along South Cottage Grove Avenue.

Modern Cooperative Hyde Park

Modern Cooperative—or Modco for short—started off in Pilsen before opening this Hyde Park location, which has served as a popular shopping destination along 53rd Street since 2015. The boutique has a little bit of everything, including new contemporary furniture as well as refurbished classics from the 1960s and 70s. If you want to check out the South Side shop, you better do so soon. Its owners intend to close the store by the end of April and relocate to Dallas, Block Club Chicago reports.