With so many people in the Chicago area, furniture styles run the gamut from American-country to ultra-modern and everything in between. Vintage furniture is currently very in vogue among Chicagoans and there are some specialized shops in Lincoln Park and Lakeview that cater to this particular trend. Most people purchase furniture in stores, however, there is also the tendency to purchase more and more online. Almost all the shops listed below sell their products online, too. In addition to them, a lot of purchases are done on http://www.amazon.com. All the department stores such as Sears or Target sell furniture and home decoration at low prices (online and in stores).
A lot of home furnishing and decoration stores are located at the crossing of West North Avenue, North Clybourn Avenue and North Halsted Street.
Crate & Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com/
Crate & Barrel has three locations in Chicago:
- Crate & Barrel outlet: 1864 N. Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614. In this shop, you will find items that are less expensive than in the two others locations.
- Crate & Barrel North & Clybourn: 850 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL 60642.
- Crate & Barrel Michigan Avenue 646 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
This store sells furniture, dinnerware and drinkware, everything for the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, as well as decorations items. It is like a much more stylish than Ikea but it is also much more expensive! The style is modern classical. Crate & Barrel, CB2 and The Land of Nod (furnishing and decorations for children) belong to the same group.
CB2 has two locations in Chicago:
- CB2 Lincoln Avenue, 3757 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
- CB2 North Avenue, 800 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642.
CB2 and Crate &Barrel belong to the same group. CB2 is a more affordable version of Crate & Barrel. CB2 sells modern housewares and furniture.
Home Decorators http://www.homedecorators.com/
Home Decorators is a part of the Home Depot Company. You will then find their showrooms in the Home Depot stores or online. They have a very large catalogue with different kind of styles but it is rather modern classical and sometimes old-fashioned. The quality prices are low to medium. (see the “Appliances, Electronics and Hardware stores” section for information on Home Depot)
There are two Ikea stores in the Chicago area. One is located in the Northwest suburb of Chicago, in the city of Schaumburg: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/schaumburg. The second one is located in the Southwest suburb of Chicago, in the city of Bolinbrook: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/bolingbrook.
Internationally known Ikea sells Scandanavian furniture that you put together yourself. It carries furniture and decoration for the entire home and its design-conscious furniture, while certainly not made to last forever, is in the low-medium price-range. Many expats furnish their homes with Ikea knowing that they will be leaving it behind after their temporary stays in Chicago.
Jason Home & Garden http://www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com/home.php
1885 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614
This store specialized in selling antiques, vintage furniture, as well as sophisticated and unique furnishing. They also sell rugs, plants, flowers and petrified woods. The price level is very high.
Modern Home Furnishing http://www.modernhomefurnishings.com/
3030 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
This store specializes in contemporary Italian and European furniture. They have a very modern collection. The prices are from medium to high.
Lincoln Park, 865 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622.
This store sells furniture, rugs, curtains, beddings, bath accessories, dinnerware and drinkware, kitchenware as well as decorations items. It offers the same kind of items as Crate & Barell and it is the same price level. The style is modern classical.
World Market http://www.worldmarket.com/home/index.jsp
- 1101 S Canal St, Chicago, IL
- 2844 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
- 1623 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL
World Market is specialized in Asian style furniture, home decoration, dining and glassware as well as international food. The price level is affordable.