The best furniture stores in Chicago have everything you need, with the perfect statement pieces offering up a hefty dose of both style and function. The best new shops are also fun to peruse, no matter whether you can usually be found at vintage stores, thrift stores or have a more modern sensibility.
Chicago's best furniture stores
It's easy to see how Neato got its name—the shop is stocked with some of the coolest mid-century pieces around. In 2011, owners Caitlin and Jesse grew the business from a small online shop to the artfully curated boutique it is today. On any given day, you might find a teak writing desk ($225), a Danish dining set ($599) or a brass coffee table ($325). Ellie, the friendly shop dog, is the cherry on top.
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.
The merch at the Humboldt Park furniture-meets-home-décor shop comes from thrift stores, estate sales and Craigslist. Owner Claire Tibbs restores many of the items before they make their way to the 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 items from local designers and artsists.
Vintage furniture shoppers will fall in love with this Andersonville spot. Named after the owner's favorite plaid, the store is “Ralph Lauren meets a Paris flea market." The shop features repurposed and found objects for every budget—price points range from $1–$2,500.
Shabby-chic aesthetics find a home at the Painted Lady in West Town's design district. In keeping with her title, owner Beth Harlow offers custom painted, refurbished and repurposed vintage furniture paired with modern accents. In addition to a carefully curated selection of items, you can also request antique finds, which can then be distressed, refurbished and repainted on request.
At the locally based textile line's new brick-and-mortar, you can 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.
Trends come and go, but mid-century modern furniture is here to stay. That’s a good thing for Jared Peterson and Don Schmaltz, who joined forces to open this storefront selling their fine vintage Italian, American and Scandinavian furniture–we're talking names like Hans Wegner, Ingmar Relling, Børge Mogensen, Franco Albini and George Nelson, to name a few—as well as designed objects and home accessories (pottery, glass, you name it).
South Loop Loft began a mere year and a half ago in owner Beth Berke's loft in Chicago's South Loop. Accustomed to buying and selling pieces due to frequent moves around the country, Berke fell in love with home decor through the process of furnishing her own home. Fast-forward to 2016, and South Loop Loft has its own showroom on the Near West Side, serving Chicago's design novices and professionals alike. The 3,700-square-foot loft offers home decor, accessories and furniture spanning all decades and price points. (We're talking from $15 up through the thousands.) Between the French antique fireplace mantel, stained glass windows, and velvet Chesterfield sofas, you'll never want to leave.
Everyone has a story about Roy’s—it’s been around since 1980, after all—with its amazingly affordable beds, sofas, dining room tables and more home furnishings that look more expensive than they are. A fire in 2012 destroyed this popular Lincoln Park furniture store, and many guessed it wouldn’t be rebuilt. Well, luckily for the store’s longtime fans, the naysayers were wrong. The new location is the same size (about 22,000 square feet), but now has floor-to-ceiling windows and feels much more open and modern.
This monthly, European-style vintage market sets itself apart with one word: variety. There's something for everyone (with monthly indoor-outdoor dates May through September and indoor-only markets the rest of the year). We're talking furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more in booths separated into categories within the market: Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market and Modern Vintage. Some of the best decor scores in the city can be found here.