Where can I find cheap furniture? I’m looking for everything!
I’m going to assume you’ve already been to IKEA (1800 E McConnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, 847-969-9700; 750 E Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, 630-972-7900), and you’re looking for a less obvious answer. Fort Pitt (4920 S Central Ave, 708-546-0450) near Midway Airport features furniture from remodeled four- and five-star hotels. Recent arrivals include armoires ($79, originally $2,000) from the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando and an eight-piece bedroom set ($199), which includes a bed, side table and even a mattress, from a Hyatt Regency hotel in Indianapolis. (Okay, I’d probably never let a used hotel mattress through my apartment door. But ditch it in a Dumpster and this is still an insane deal.) Another option is Affordable Portables (2608 N Clark St, 773-935-6160), which hawks all sorts of true-to-its-name furniture, including sofas in the $300 range—compare that to $800 for the cheapest couch at Room & Board. Bonus: The Affordable Portables warehouse (2717 N Ashland Ave) doubles as an outlet store offering discontinued and/or lightly bruised items. You may need a bigger apartment.
Inexpensive home accessories
HomeGoods This chain, which recently opened a Mag Mile outpost, features the kind of off-price furnishings you’d find at stores like T.J.Maxx. 600 N Michigan Ave (312-397-1513).
Chiasso At the company’s only brick-and-mortar store, find items like wall decals, clocks and vases for less than $20. 2112 N Clybourn Ave (773-244-4100).
1730 Outlet Company Because the housewares, designer furniture, garden decor and other cutesy stuff are half off wholesale prices, most customers don’t even want their friends to know about this store. We can’t help but blab. 1730 W Wrightwood Ave (773-871-4331).