AJ Housewares & Gifts

Shopping, Gifts and stationery Armour Square
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Not recommended for claustrophobic types, this packed-to-the-gills housewares and gift shop has a mind-boggling (and slightly chaotic) array of goods. There’s a wall of beaded bracelets ($9.99 each); there are paper lanterns ($5.99) and towering stacks of pots and pans. Buried in the back, electronic lotus flowers ($29.99) light up in different hues and emanate bizarre chant-like music; you’ll also find giant, stuffed Pokemon creatures. But amid all the clutter, there is a goldmine for adorable kitchen goods. To the right of the entrance, an aisle stacked with dishes has rice bowls decked with smiling, baby-blue puppies or smug-looking pink cats ($3.99). There are also richly patterned tea sets ($29.99) and fish-shaped platters decked in floral prints ($8.99.)

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Venue name: AJ Housewares & Gifts
Contact:
Address: 2125 S China Pl
Chicago
60616
Opening hours: Daily 10am–8pm
Transport: El: Red to Chinatown.
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This shop is large but feels tiny, with tall rows and rows of housewares from floor to ceiling. Be ready to search for whatever it is you're looking for, but you'll come out with a gem if you're willing to spend some time.