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The 20 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

Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas
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There’s truly no place like home—so please, make sure it's furnished with a hefty dose of style, function and lots of TLC. When it's time to spruce up your new apartment, use this guide to the best furniture stores to show you where to go. No matter your style (vintage, traditional, modern) or budget, there's a furniture store in Chicago for everyone on this list. (We promise, you'll thank us later. And no, IKEA isn't on the list.) 

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Praha

Critics' pick

Based on the owners' favorite Amsterdam emporium, Praha is ever so mindfully filled to the brim with an eclectic variety of extremely affordable, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. You'll find furniture starting at less than $100 and decor like shabby chic window frames, vintage suitcases and antique signs. It's one of the few vintage stores where you'll always find something to buy, no matter when you decide to pop in. 

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Lakeview
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Humboldt House Co.

Critics' pick

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.

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Humboldt Park
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Modern Co-op

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.

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Pilsen
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Brimfield

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.

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Andersonville
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Wrightwood Furniture

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.

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West Lakeview
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Unison Home

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.

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Wicker Park
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Paramour Bungalow

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.”

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Evanston
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Nadeau Imports

Founded in 1991 by Californian husband-and-wife duo Tom and Ryoko Nadeau, this home decor mecca features imported handmade wood furniture from India and Indonesia at wholesale prices (read: higher than IKEA, but much less than Restoration Hardware). Nadeau began as an insiders-only secret source for interior designers but has now been selling to common folks and bargain hunters for years. It's not shocking to see why Nadeau is spreading nationwide–with its rapidly rotating selection of unique pieces at prices that put big-box retailers to shame. Be prepared to spend some time weeding through the warehouse-like store. Inventory goes quickly, so snap decisions are encouraged. 

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Ravenswood
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Scout

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.

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Andersonville
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Broadway Antique Market

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.

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Edgewater
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Doug V
Doug V

One additional store you really need to visit --The Golden Triangle at 330 N. Clark.  Check out their semi-secret back room for amazing deals on genuine antiques and vintage furniture. Ask to see Doug, the owner and specifically mention you read this, here.   Disclosure notice:  I am Doug.

Chairforce A
Chairforce A

Each store contains different  theme, this is perfect to design our rooms with these themes. But this is difficult to choose which one is better than other. All are very perfect.

Keara L
Keara L

I really like that each one of these stores that you've listed has their own style of furniture that they're selling.  There are a couple rooms in my home that could use some new furniture, so I'm planning on doing a little shopping around over the next few weeks.  It should be fun to see if I can find a style that would work for each room!

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Wural K
Wural K

I say wondrous furniture. i recently found this place in Ravenswood. My new favorite furniture store.