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Cool chess sets

Time Out Chicago helps a reader find cool decorative chess sets as an anniversary gift for her husband.
NaturalChess walnut chess set
By Kevin Aeh |

Q I want to get my husband a chess set for our anniversary but don’t know where to look. I’m looking for one that is decorative, not a magnetic game or something of that ilk.—Robin Linn, Ravenswood

A It’s easy to find a novelty or magnetic chess set—just go to any game or toy store. But finding a cool, decorative one does prove to be a little more challenging—and they might cost a pretty penny. Some of the best ones we’ve seen in an online search are going for around $1,000. But after we looked a little further, we came across a chess set handmade out of walnut ($298 at Not ready to plunk down that much cash? The Etsy shop offers a layaway plan. On the more affordable end, we found this chess set carved from soapstone ($32.50 at And if you want to shop local, there’s an oversized decorative chess set (each piece measures between 4 inches and 8 inches tall; the playing board is 3 inches tall) available for $195 at Broadway Antique Market (6130 N Broadway, 773-743-5444).

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