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The best shops in Humboldt Park

You'll find quirky home goods, retro fashions, weird gifts and more when you spend a day shopping in Humboldt Park

By Laura Rote

If you're looking for hip, new shops to add to your wishlist, look no further than Humboldt Park. This West Side neighborhood houses a surprising array of retail options, including one of Chicago's best furniture stores, as well as a mecca for houseplants. You'll also find some quirky offerings in this 'hood, like rare records, zines and even tarot cards, if you're looking for a new, unique gift shop. Take a look at some of the best shops in Humboldt Park.

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Best shops in Humboldt Park

Humboldt House Co.

Shopping Design and interiors Humboldt Park

The merchandise 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 if you're looking to furnish your first apartment or house, you can shop within your budget. Don’t forget to check out the selection of items from local designers and artists.

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Space Oddities

Shopping Bookstores Humboldt Park

As its name suggests, this Humboldt Park gift shop of sorts stocks a range of curiosities to "shock, amuse and read." There are plenty of books and zines to keep you busy—occult, yoga, sci-fi, art and fantasy. You'll also find local art, taxidermy, locally made jewelry, vintage housewares, statues, tarot decks and old-school toys. Space Oddities also hosts monthly classes and meet-ups, such as figure drawing, Anne Rice reading circles, esoteric workshops and occasional music shows.


West Town Bikes

Shopping Sports Ukrainian Village

What makes West Town Bikes in Humboldt Park so special? Since 2004, this community bicycle learning workshop has offered bike-mechanic workshops, youth programs for underserved populations and special events for community members. Stop by the retail shop (Ciclo Urbano) to browse its selection of new and used bikes and accessories or to get your bike serviced.

Apartment 528

Shopping Boutiques Humboldt Park

Five years after launching an online marketplace of the same name, owners India and Jerome Shannon have opened their first storefront in Humboldt Park. The quaint shop is bursting with happy home furnishings and accessories, from gorgeous handcrafted furniture out of Goshen, Indiana, to quirky Nintendo lamps, vintage books and wooden children's toys. Locals will recognize pieces from area design stars—iamhome, Teeny Screenies—in the colorful mix.



Shopping Gifts and stationery River West/West Town

This ultra-charming shop stocks an eclectic collection of gifts you'd rather keep than give away! There's something for everyone–women, men, kids and pets. Some cool, some silly, but all sure to put a smile on your face. We found candles, jewelry, scarves, coasters, frames, bath and body products, the best greeting cards, a small, but wonderful collection of books, and lots of other great stuff. Overwhelmed by the selection? Komoda staff are quick to make suggestions, and will ensure you don't leave empty-handed.

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Adams & Son Gardens

Shopping Flower shops Humboldt Park

Adams & Son Gardens has been providing beautiful plantlife to the neighborhood and beyond for more than 20 years. Take a walk through its greenhouse and you'll find hanging baskets, gardenias and bonsai available for purchase. The store also stocks a variety of those trendy air plants and succulents you've been eyeing on Pinterest.

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Vintage Quest

Shopping Antiques Humboldt Park

This more recent addition to Humboldt Park's shopping scene offers up records, furniture, home decor, artwork and oddities from the 1930s through 1970s. Stop by regularly, as you never know what goodies you may find.


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