Just northwest of downtown Chicago is the Grand Ave. Design District. Once a manufacturing and industrial area, it has grown to be home of a number of artists’ loft buildings, large salvage stores and design stores, featuring architectural finds, antiques, mid-century modern and contemporary furniture, gifts and home furnishings. The center of the district is along Grand between Ashland and Damen.
There are currently around ten stores in the district including, The Painted Lady at 1819 W. Grand and the Painted Lady Too! across the street, Buckingham Interiors + Design at 1820 W. Grand, REDEFINED DECOR at 1819 W. Grand, Urban Remains at 1850 W. Grand and Salvage One at 1840 W. Hubbard.
The Breakfast House at 1800 W. Grand is the spot for breakfast or lunch when you are there shopping.
One of my favorite neighborhood festivals is the Grand Art & Design Festival, a street festival which occurs around September 20th and celebrates all that is home and garden. There are tents full of artists and artisans, music and food trucks and stands. All of the stores are open as well.
Also nearby is Pagoda Red. Specialists in rare and unusual 19th Century Chinese antique furniture, accessories, art and artifacts. They also represent emerging Chinese and Asian-inspired artists and designers. 400 N. Morgan Street.