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  1. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11A view of the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  2. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11A view of the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  3. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    One item you won�t find at many other gift shops: Breakable plates ($40 each)�just like the kind used in the movies. �We thought it would be funny to have a breakable vase on your holiday party and get into a fake fight with a family member,� Black says.

  4. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Nail polish on display at Judy Maxwell in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  5. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    This popsicle painting ($8,900) is by artist Brian Bonebrake. �We think of it as a great way to keep your family cool and happy.

  6. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    One of the most affordable items in the shop is also one of the quirkiest: tiny gift boxes with a piece of bubble gum ($1). Customers have been purchasing them for dinner parties and placing them on their guests� plates.

  7. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11A view of the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  8. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Items on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  9. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11A plastic toy soldier on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  10. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Sumo wrestler soap on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  11. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Sumo wrestler soap on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  12. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Local artist Pamela Paulsrud makes these rocks from vintage books ($65 each).

  13. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Book rocks on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  14. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11Book rocks on display at the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

  15. Photograph: Allison Williams
    Photograph: Allison Williams

    Chicago 11/18/11A view of the Judy Maxwell store in Chicago's Gold Coast.

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Time Out says

This general store and art gallery has been selling trinkets and rarities since 2011. Its focus on beauty and practicality means a large stock of local and international commodities, including French home-spun linens, raw local honey and vintage lingerie. Bonus: You might even bump into Joan Cusack, who's said to own the store. 

Details

Address:
1363 N Wells St
Chicago
60610
Cross street:
at Schiller St
Transport:
El: Red to Clark/Division.
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun noon-6pm
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