There are great furniture and decor stores throughout Chicago, but when you are looking for value and quality, a few places stand out from the crowd. The following list is my Top 10 favorite budget-friendly shopping spots in Chicago (in no particular order).
1. Nadeau4433 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 http://www.furniturewithasoul.com/store.php?location=chicago
Shop for: Unique hand-crafted, solid wood furniture with a global vibe
I just can’t say enough good things about this place. The furniture is unique, never mass-produced, already assembled and at prices that are surprisingly affordable. On top of all that, the staff at the store is extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable without being pushy.
Tips: Check out their comprehensive photo inventory on Photobucket. If it’s in the store, it’s online. Call to get prices and dimensions and then purchase over the phone or run (seriously, don’t walk) to the store to buy in-person. Inventory moves fast here so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate. If you need items delivered, Nadeau uses a 3rd party delivery service that will deliver up to 5 pieces for $65 flat rate. I would also recommend signing up for their newsletter so you can be notified when new containers arrive.
2. Textile Discount Outlet2121 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608 www.megafabrics.com
Shop for: Upholstery and craft fabrics (as well as notions, etc)
Tips: A trip to the warehouse can be very overwhelming, I won’t lie. You’ll need to get mentally prepared to deal with clutter (that is putting it VERY lightly), dust, dirt, and a bit of claustrophobia. But it’s worth it. So grab a bottle of water and a snack and get ready for an adventure. Before you go though, check the store’s hours – they are closed on Saturdays, and Friday times are seasonal. There is a small parking lot but I’ve also never had trouble finding street parking. When you get in grab a shopping cart – you’ll carry around the bolts of fabric you want until you are ready to check out and someone measures the yardage you need. And when you need to go up or down a level grab one of the friendly staff to operate the elevator for you. Also, some bolts are stained or dirty – pull enough material out to get a good look at it. If you are a student bring your ID to get a discount. Also, there have been Groupon deals in the past so watch out for those.
3. TargetMultiple locations www.target.com
Shop for: uummmmm, everything (seriously, what can’t you get at Target?)
With featured brand shops like Boho Boutique, Nate Berkus, Threshold (featured in this month’s issue of Lonny Magazine btw), TOO by Blu Dot, and Thomas O’Brien Target is a great place to find affordable, chic furniture and accessories.
Tips: If possible check on-line reviews for major purchases like furniture, before you shop. And if you are struggling with pulling a room together, Target is a great place to find coordinated separates that will complete a room, but don’t look too matchy-matchy.
4. Found Vintage Living1551 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 http://www.foundvintageliving.com/
Shop for: affordable vintage pieces and authentic home décor from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
There are tons of vintage shops in Chicago, but in my opinion this is one of the best. With a great selection of barware, decorative accessories, and top quality furniture you’ll want to return again and again.
Tips: Most of their inventory is listed on Facebook, so check out what they have before going in.
5. 1730 Outlet Company1730 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 http://www.1730outlet.com/
Shop for: Discount linens, serving ware, holiday themed décor, furniture
1730 is the place to go if you are really into decorating for the holidays! They have great seasonal decor and a fairly large selection of contemporary furniture at affordable prices.
Tips: Beware the return policy, which is basically – there are no returns. Also, the parking situation is a bit tricky and the entrance is in what appears to be a loading dock area. So yes, you are in the right place.
6. Praha2201 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 https://www.facebook.com/pages/praha/187008847345
Shop for: A mix of antiques and salvaged goods, and new pieces made in and around Prague (Praha is Czech for Prague).
Praha has been featured on Apartment Therapy’s blog and is a favorite among Yelpers.With consistently good reviews (and a brand new, larger location to house even more goodies) it’s definitely worth checking out!
Tips: Head on over to their Facebook page to see photos and prices of available pieces.
7. HOBOMultiple Locations http://www.hoboonline.com/index.html
Shop for: Home improvement and remodeling furnishings (cabinetry, countertops, tile, plumbing fixtures, etc)
Unfortunately the store located in Chicago closed, but if you are doing any sort of remodeling its worth a drive to the ‘burbs to check this place out.
Tips: Check out their weekly flyers for sales and specials
8. HomeGoodsMultiple Locations http://www.hoboonline.com/index.html
Shop for: Furniture, artwork, lighting, home decor accessories, linens, dining and entertainment items, seasonal and holiday decor, outdoor furnishings (so, everything)
HomeGoods is a great place to shop for gifts – you can find something for everyone, and for just about any occasion (birthdays, holidays, hostess gifts, etc). It’s also great for redecorating your own place with fabulous, affordable, on-trend pieces.
9. Brown Elephant3651 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613 5404 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 http://www.howardbrown.org/hb_brownelephant.asp
If you like to multitask and want to do some shopping while helping others at the same time, this resale shop is the way to go! The revenue generated by donations and purchases at the Brown Elephant Shops help fund services for the more than 50% of Howard Brown Health Center clients who are under or uninsured. They also have a new focus on quality rather than quantity, so you get the best of the best without having to dig. Because let’s face it, one man’s trash might be another man’s treasure, but usually it’s just trash.
Tips: They give a 25% off coupon to anyone who donates, and you can easily fill out a tax form while you’re there. Also, check out their Facebook page for some ideas on what’s available (and a good laugh as well)
10. World MarketMultiple Locations http://www.worldmarket.com/
Shop for: furniture, home decor accessories, dining and entertainment items
World Market is another great source for unique, authentic gifts as well as affordable furnishings for yourself. For those that want to look well-traveled without ever leaving your home, this is the place for you!
Tips: If possible check on-line reviews for major purchases like furniture, before you shop. Check out their Pinterest page for gift ideas and inspiration.
What are your favorite home decor spots in Chicago? Do you know of any hidden gems you’d like to share?