Let’s face it: Parties can get stinky. The trash piles up faster, your apartment gets cramped and you’ve got fish in the oven. Stock up on yummy-smelling candles, diffusers, room sprays and incense at this Instagram-worthy Wicker Park boutique. With scents like bergamot-basil, heirloom grapefruit and sweet tobacco, there’s something for every nose.
This monthly market in the West Loop is crawling with cool finds if you have the time (and patience) to browse. Keep an eye out for deals on colorful cake stands, vintage platters and funky serving bowls. Chances are you’ll walk out with some fly earrings, too. But first, mark your calendar for upcoming sales: September 23, 24; October 28, 29; November 18, 19; and December 16, 17.
If your bar cart is barren, it’s time to restock strategically with help from this Edgewater liquor store. Touting a focus on independent producers, the shop is jam-packed with brandy, gin, vermouth, wine, bitters, sake, mixers and just about any other boozy substance you can name. It doesn’t hurt that the staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. You’ll be mixing up festive margaritas in no time at all.
It’s time to upgrade your red plastic cup collection to something a bit more adult-ish. Whether you’re in the market for a set of etched coupes, funky flutes or beveled rocks glasses, this darling River North store has you covered with flea market finds, vintage goodies and new pieces to boot.