1114 N. Ashland Ave., Ukranian Village
A former architect and auctioneer, respectively, Jared Peterson and Don Schmaltz partnered up to open one of Chicago’s best furniture showrooms in West Town. This is the kind of place where American, Scandinavian, and Italian mid-century modern designs attract interior designers and new home buyers from around the city. You’ll find Eames chairs, Arne Jacobsen flatware, and more obscure finds (there’s an Alvar Aalto tea trolley, for instance), but it’s a good idea to browse the website before making an appointment at the store: Some may not be ready in the showrooms, but a quick call or email ensures that whatever you’d like to see is brought from the warehouse to the shop for your perusal.
1913 W. Division St., Ukranian Village
Not counting department stores, it’s not often we find a shop where every member of the family is guaranteed to leave happy. For husband-and-wife team Jena Frey and Joe Lauer, the trick is to stock their Ukrainian Village boutique with cool, well-designed lines that they themselves want to wear—A.P.C, Me and Arrow, and Sessun for women; Brooklyn Tailors, Mollusk, and Norse Projects for guys; plus a small but mighty selection of beauty-shelf staples from Herbivore Botanicals and Plant. And while there isn’t a ton for kids, the stuff that’s available—Petit Bateau onesies, Hansel from Basel socks—is all pretty much perfect.