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The best decor shops in Chicago are as varied as the neighborhoods the architecturally significant city is known for. Sure, you can scour for all things home online, but nothing beats the immediate satisfaction of walking into a retail outlet and walking out with something tangible for your client’s coffee table or foyer. Here, the city’s designers reveal to AD PRO some of their not-so-secret sources, ranging from high-end showrooms to vintage emporiums.


“I love Anecdote in La Grange for its selection of vintage accessories and rotating collection of art. You never walk away empty-handed.” —Pam Maher

8 W. Burlington Avenue, La Grange


Anecdote. Photo: Suzanne Brown

Anna’s Warehouse & Marketplace

“I love Anna’s Warehouse & Marketplace in Highwood for antiques. They have antique lights, lots of Wedgwood, and really unique accessories.” —Jasmin Reese

531 Bank Lane, Highwood

Anna's Warehouse  Marketplace.

Anna’s Warehouse & Marketplace. Photo: Courtesy of Anna's Warehouse & Marketplace

An Orange Moon

“I love this place because it has the perfect amount of vintage. [Owner Lynne McDaniel] scouts an estate sale like no other. Everything she picks out is perfection.” —Tiffany Brooks

2418 W. North Avenue

An Orange Moon.

An Orange Moon. Photo: Courtesy of An Orange Moon

Architectural Anarchy

“Unique antiques and midcentury design. Quality is the ultimate luxury, and they have an eye for great pieces. Easy to work with through Instagram, too.” —Lauren Ashley Allen

3636 S. Iron Street

Asrai Garden

“One of my favorite gems in the city: Their florals are so beautiful, like sculptural works of art, and their curated selection of home accessories will have you walking out the door with a handful of bags saying, ‘Wait, this isn’t what I came in for…!’” —Kara Mann

1935 W. North Avenue; 309 N. Morgan Street

Asrai is one of the best decor shops in Chicago.

Asrai Garden. Photo: Lucy Hewitt

Good Roots

“It’s an experience. You think you are going in there to buy just a simple house plant. These ladies [owners Ashley and Lindsay] have it set up so special, it really becomes a part of your family.” —Tiffany Brooks

492 Crescent Boulevard, Glen Ellyn

Good Roots.

Good Roots. Photo: Gaby Lopez

Jayson Home

“A go-to staple for well-priced furnishings, ever-changing accessories, and a creative and accommodating floral department.” —Steve Kadlec

1885 N. Clybourn Avenue

Jayson Home.

Jayson Home. Photo: Eric Hausman

Lincoln Antique Mall

“I love to go to Lincoln Antique Mall on Irving Park, where I recently picked up an oversize malachite egg with a gold stand from Maitland Smith. I always go there to pick up items for our shoots.” —Jasmin Reese

3115 W. Irving Park Road

North Shore Exchange

“I frequent North Shore Exchange, which supports women’s charities through the sale of donated or consigned goods. You can always find treasures at a bargain. It’s also a great resource for designers to sell or donate clients’ unneeded furnishings and decor.” —Pam Maher

900 North Michigan, 4th Floor

Oscar Isberian Rugs

“The best customer service in the business and experts in all things for the floor, whether antique, reproduction, or contemporary rugs and carpeting.” —Steve Kadlec

120 W. Kinzie Street

Pagoda Red

“I never tire of going to see what Betsy Nathan has next. Every time, there are new gems that inspire.” —Mick de Giulio

1740 W. Webster Avenue

Pagoda Red.

Pagoda Red. Photo: Courtesy of Pagoda Red

Pavilion Antiques

“It’s a Chicago institution. So many beautiful vintage designs from some of my favorite designers, including Angelo Mangiarotti and Pierre Jeanneret. I find something for every client (and myself) whenever I visit.” —Kara Mann

2055 N. Damen Avenue

Pavilion Antiques.

Pavilion Antiques. Photo: Courtesy of Pavilion Antiques

Redefined Decor.

Redefined Decor. Photo: Courtesy of Redefined Decor

Redefined Decor

“A true arbiter of all things divinely inspirational, they have art that feels collected over time, as well as accessories. They always have something for you to fall in love with, even crystals, for an extra good-vibe feel that everyone can use more of. It never disappoints.” —Lauren Ashely Allen

1819 W. Grand Avenue

South Loop Loft

“Beth Berke at South Loop Loft knows how to spot the diamonds in the rough. She travels the world to find unique and funky furnishings and, once that container arrives [back home], she puts her magic touch in refinishing and reupholstering them for today’s modern interiors.” —Donna Mondi

685 N. Milwaukee Avenue

South Loop Loft.

South Loop Loft. Photo: Ryan McDonald

Vern + Vera

“If I could move into a showroom, it would be this one. Refined minimalism, clean modernism, and sculptural furnishings come to mind as I think of their unique design perspective.” —Donna Mondi

5856 N. Broadway Street

Vern  Vera.

Vern + Vera. Photo: Courtesy of Vern + Vera

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