Shop To It
With the presence of Brimfield, Scout, City Olive and Great Lake's larder, the Andersonville stretch of Clark Street ranks among the city's best places to shop for kitchen and table adornments.
Two newcomers are bringing even more covetable goods to the strip, with tableware and barware sourced from antique markets and artisans around the Midwest:
Urban Mischief Find plates, glasses, decanters and trays for incredibly reasonable prices at this just-opened vintage décor shop. Owner Shelly Elfstrom tries to price her tableware below $50, stocking a set of five dainty etched cordial glasses ($20) and German porcelain plates decorated with illustrations of wheat (6 for $30). On our last visit, we ogled a Foreman Brothers cocktail shaker with a dozen recipes engraved on the bottom ($125) and a set of six elegant, footed sherbet cups ($48), then went home with a glass carafe and matching cup ($25) for the bedside table.
The Haymaker Shop Up the street, this store curates a collection of sustainably designed, mostly local tableware, furniture and accessories, including patterned wood coasters ($34) from Chicago design collective Sharchitecture and teapots ($45) from local ceramic artist Miki Shim-Rutter, which are stunning table toppers. Canvas aprons by Chicago's Winter Session and salvaged wood cutting boards from SAIC graduate Greta de Parry will inspire more artful slicing.
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