The 10 best furniture and home stores in Chicago

Whether you’re on the hunt for vintage chairs or modern kitchenware, these furniture stores in Chicago give you the perfect excuse to redecorate regularly

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  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Humboldt House is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

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    Modern Co-op is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

  • Wrightwood Furniture is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

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    Unison Home is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

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    Paramour Bungalow is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

  • Scout is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

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    Broadway Antique Market is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

  • Jayson Home is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

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    Judy Maxwell Home is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

  • Brimfield is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Humboldt House is one of the best furniture stores in Chicago.

There’s truly no place like home—especially one that's comfortable, inviting and full of personality. So when it's time to head to a home decor store to spruce up your apartment, use this guide to show you where to go. No matter what your style (vintage, traditional, modern) or budget may be, there's a furniture store for everyone.

Humboldt House Co.

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The merch at the Humboldt Park furniture-meets-home-décor shop is sourced from thrift stores, estate sales and Craigslist. Owner Claire Tibbs restores many of the items before they make their way to the store shelves. Bonus: Tibbs strives to keep prices on the more affordable side, so folks who are looking to furnish their first apartment or house can shop within their budget. Don’t forget to check out the selection of items from local designers and artsists.

  1. 1045 N California Ave, (at W Cortez St)
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Modern Co-op

  • Price band: 2/4

A TOC Shopping Award winner (for Best New Home Shop), Modern Co-op is known for its well-chosen selection of midcentury-modern furniture. The shop also shows strong support for local designers by featuring the works of artists who create pieces using repurposed materials.

  1. 818 W 18th St
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Wrightwood Furniture

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Graduating from IKEA furniture but still not ready to fork over Crate and Barrel prices? Consider Wrightwood Furniture in West Lakeview. The father-and-son team behind the business stock their showroom with many of the same items you’ll find in big box furniture stores, only at up to 80 percent off retail prices. Examples of the deals here include French consoles ($308, normally $699), colonial desks ($297, typically $599) and accent pillows for just $22.

  1. 3036 N Lincoln Ave
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Unison Home

  • Price band: 2/4

At the locally based textile line's new brick and mortar, find the brand’s complete collection—duvet covers, tablecloths and storage bins for kids’ stuff—plus Unison fabric by the yard and a small selection of other designers’ accessories.

  1. 1911 W Division St
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Paramour Bungalow

  • Price band: 2/4

Paramour Bungalow is the refined arts and crafts project of David Kafer and Jason Hall, a side hustle of sorts to their successful boutique hair salon company, RED 7 SALON. Paramour Bungalow focuses on the home rather than hair, selling creative, eclectic and handmade accessories to decorate every room of the house. Not to be confused with a home and furniture store, this boutique specializes in “everything you don’t necessarily need, but have to have.”

  1. 812 Dempster St, Evanston
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Scout

  • Price band: 3/4

Scout is one of those stores that when you were a child and your mother shopped for chairs, you ventured off pretending that this was your house and that you did homework at the wooden desk and ate family dinner from the set of clay bowls. Luckily, as an adult, you are free to do more than imagine and actually buy that desk and take home those bowls for dinner. Stop by the Andersonville shop to get lost in home-décor heaven.

  1. 5221 N Clark St
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Broadway Antique Market

  • Price band: 3/4

Focused on furniture from the 1950s (and nearby decades) Broadway Antique Market sells chairs, tables, desks, stained glass and more from the era, and it's all pretty groovy.

  1. 6130 N Broadway
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Jayson Home

  • Price band: 3/4

Get ready for a dose of decorating delight. Inside this vintage building are unique furniture and accessories worthy of inspiring an entire room: driftwood sculptures ($135–$1,500), silver plated pitchers and trays with horn handles ($100–$750), zebra rugs ($800) and even cocktail tables mounted on tree trunks ($750–$1,200). The garden section carries fresh plants and flowers year-round, plus beautiful pots and planters.

  1. 1885 N Clybourn Ave
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Judy Maxwell Home

  • Price band: 2/4

This general store and art gallery has been selling trinkets and rarities since 2011. Its focus on beauty and practicality means a large stock of local and international commodities, including French home-spun linens, raw local honey and vintage lingerie. Bonus: You might recoginize the movie star owner who is sometimes working behind the counter.

  1. 1363 N Wells St,
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Brimfield

  • Price band: 3/4

Vintage-furniture shoppers might recognize Julie Fernstrom from her former Portage Park shop, English Cottage, or the various Chicagoland antique markets she traveled to every weekend. But now she’s staying in one spot: Andersonville. While helping out at a sidewalk sale at Scout, Fernstrom discovered a vacant neighboring space where she’s now opened Brimfield. Named after her favorite plaid, the store is “Ralph Lauren meets a Paris flea market,” Fernstrom says. The shop features repurposed and found objects for every budget—price points range from $1–$2,500.

  1. 5219 N Clark St
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