Chicago is known for its fantastic food scene—from pizza (obviously) to some of the best fine dining in the country, great hole in the wall diners and everything in between—but what's a Chicagoan to do when left to their own devices to cook at home? Little known fact: The city boasts some pretty great local kitchenware shops that will allow you to produce DIY culinary goodness. Top-of-the-line-knives, pots, pans, bakeware and charming vintage cookie jars, fancy serving platters, china and even hostess gifts are all available. Whatever your cooking and entertaining needs, you'll find everything you're looking for at these local kitchen stores.
Kitchenware shops in Chicago
Known as a "Sur La Table without the 'tude" around the West Loop, this one-stop kitchen shop is a self-proclaimed "Candy Store for Chefs," and for good reason. Cookware, cutlery, bakeware, tools, smoking supplies, knife sets and pretty much any gadget you've ever drooled over while watching Food Network—it's all here. The shop also offers knife, scissor and straight razor sharpening (starting at $3.50). You can also shop from your sofa on the store website, with free shipping on orders over $50.
You can think of Freehling Pot and Pan Co. as Hyde Park's charming, local version of Sur La Table. The perfect pit stop for kitchen supplies, housewares and gifts for Chicagoland foodies, the South Side shop stocks everything from portable tailgating grills, electronic appliances, cookbooks, the latest cooking gadgets, pots, pans and more.
Sprout's Home and Garden Center has been outfitting Chicago with beautiful plants, florals and home goods for years, but this shop is about to make its way into the likes of your kitchen, too. It's recently opened second location just across the street on Damen stocks beautiful kitchen and tableware—teak cutting boards, terra cotta and cast iron cookware, unique flatware, serveware, dish towels, even some vintage cookbooks. Essentially, everything you've come to know and love about Sprout Home, but in the kitchen.
A little slice of Europe in Chicago—whitewashed cabinets filled to the brim with stacks of vintage French restaurant china, drawers are packed with mixmatched vintage silver and vignettes composed of cocktail paraphernalia, coffee pots, candles and Dutch-boy cookie jars—anything you could ever want in your kitchen, and really any room in the house. Perusing the selection of apothecary jars, candles and calendars, you can grab a year’s supply of hostess gifts.
This high-end Mag Mile shop stocks everything from unique dinnerware and china to tableware, glassware, bakeware, kitchenware, accessories and more from brands like Juliska, MacKenzie-Childs, Ralph Lauren Home, Baccarat Crystal, Simon Pearce, Vietri and more. If you're looking for the perfect wedding or hostess gift, you'll likely have success here!