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A small, studio apartment or older building can completely be transformed into your dream space with the touch of a little home decor. Especially when living in a jam-packed city like Chicago, making the most of your living space is essential. Get out of your Ikea slump and check out these mom-and-pop vintage stores that will make your decor especially unique.


1. Jayson Home


Popular among designers and architects for decking out some of downtown’s newest luxury rental towers, Jayson Home is full of beautiful things. The shop also features a great selection of plants and flowers.

2. An Orange Moon

2418 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This awesome black-owned business has been thriving, offering shoppers an “uber hip” furnishing and design store with a bit of everything: midcentury modern designs, Victorian lighting, steampunk decor, and modern Danish furniture.

This black-owned business

3. Dial M For Modern

2773 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Fun and funky, Dial M offers exquisite American and Danish mid century modern designs. There’s a ton of antiquated goods—upholstered asymmetrical barrel chairs, Persian rugs, 1950s credenzas, and funky postmodern lamps.

4. Shark Gravy

3726 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

The husband and wife duo that runs Shark Gravy actually restores mid century modern furniture—specializing in chairs, dressers, and credenza.

5. Mint Home

4949 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

With it’s beginnings as just an online furniture shop, Mint Home has since graduated into a store, specializing in restored vintage pieces and contemporary, locally sourced gifts such as screen-printed pillows, tea towels, candles, artwork, and handmade air planters.