Adulting can be hard sometimes; you have to buy the essentials like groceries (and then take-out when you forget to buy said groceries), you have bills to pay and you have to catch up on your latest binge (you may be one of the few who still haven’t finished 13 Reasons Why, like me). But on top of the necessities, it’s nice to have some luxuries as well like a well-furnished apartment. What’s the point of having that nice TV without a decked out front room with a coffee table and television stand? Or without centerpieces to possibly motivate you to make that home-cooked meal?
Something that’s in right now is that nice, vintage look to your decor. And while the hunt for such pieces may seem tough or hard to start, we’ve gathered a list of five shops right here in Chicago that carry great items!
Humboldt House, located at 1045 N. California on Chicago’s West Side (right next to, you may have guessed, Humboldt Park), this shop’s items bring a very light and open feeling with them. This shop specializes mostly in small pieces like jewelry, mugs, wall pieces and rugs. When you think of Humboldt House, just picture white marble; that’s what their aesthetic is on their site and marble patterns kind of follows the products as well. And if you’re a feminist, you’ll love the “Feminist as Fuck” and “Pleasure is Power” merch, found in rings, a stylish mesh shirt and a mug! They even have an apothecary section, if you’re into herb healing and aromatherapy.
Modern Cooperative, or ModCo as they call it, was just featured in the New York Times’s “36 Hours in Chicago” piece and for good reason. It brings with it a homey vibe with warm colors and wooden furniture and floors. The store has two locations: one is in Pilsen (1215 West 18th Street) and the other just opened in Hyde Park (1500 East 53rd Street). Vintage is definitely the perfect way to describe the furniture and pieces at ModCo because their items could easily fit in a 1970s living room as much as it would a modern one today. These versatile pieces are definitely a standout.
Located in Wicker Park, An Orange Moon describes itself as “UBER HIP” and specializing in the “Mid Century Modern” style of furniture and decor. They do not disappoint with this disclaimer because their furniture could also be placed in an I Love Lucy episode and fit in. Chairs definitely seem to be their specialty but they also sell artwork, decorations like globes along with some unique lighting fixtures.
Image via Michelle Cox Photography
Named after its location within Chicago, this shop is quirky and fun! Its vibrant pink door leads way into a bright showroom, filled to the brim with furniture and gorgeous knick-knacks. The chandeliers stand out the most, along with the ethereal theme they have going on. They have a few pieces made out of crystals or geodes, bringing the modern back to their vintage decor.
Image via Circa Modern
Off of Milwaukee and near Noble Square, Circa Modern brings the retro and current full circle with each other. They have items with a classic feel, but then brings it into today’s time with materials such as silver, glass and marble. They also have some really fun items like a couch made into the shape of a baseball mit and a unique lounger. And just like its furniture, the building has floor to ceiling glass windows giving a bright and modern look, but has rustic brick walls that take you back a few decades.
Happy hunting, ya’ll.
Pictures courtesy of their respective websites.