Home Decor in North Side

$100 or $200 Worth of Custom Framing at Lemon Custom Frame

Lemon Custom Frame

Norridge

$100 $39

Experienced craftsmen design custom frames that display and protect photos, heirlooms and artwork

$99 for $300 Worth of Custom Blinds, Shades, or Drapes with an In-Home Consultation from Decor8

Decor8

Redeem from Home

$300 $99

Interior designers help clients match existing décor to Hunter Douglas coverings, such as wood blinds or Duette honeycomb shades

One 12"x16", 16"x20", or 18"x24" Custom Portrait from Daria Amerik Fine Art (Up to 58% Off)

Daria Amerik Fine Art

Chicago

$350 $175

An artist creates custom portraits based on clients’ photographs; acrylic on canvas

$18 for Appraisal of One Item at Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles ($40 Value)

Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles

Chicago

$40 $18

The experts offer an estimate of the value of an antique, vintage, or collector's item

Photo-Framing Lesson or $39 for $100 Worth of Custom-Framing Services at The Frame Shop

The Frame Shop

Chicago

$100 $39

Preserve your photographs or artwork in a custom frame, or bring in your own photo for a quick framing lesson, including all materials

Framing Services at Grand Frame, Inc. (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Grand Frame, Inc.

Arlington Heights

$125 $49

Expansive 8,000 sq. ft. frame showroom houses imported Italian frames, shadow boxes, and environmentally friendly options

Framed 36”x14” Framed Canvas Chicago-Skyline Giclée with Optional Shipping from Art & Company (Up to 67% Off)

Art & Company

Orland Park

$314 $114

Choose from five vivid giclée prints of the Chicago skyline, all UV coated and framed to last years

Select Local Merchants

The creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.

Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.

On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.

5061 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

Once a month from April to October, more than 100 vendors gather under one roof for one purpose: to sell one-of-a-kind items. This is Vintage Garage Chicago, a fair that specializes in antique and retro merchandise. As visitors meander through the space, they can visit Zzouzi Vintage for colorful frocks and designer purses, Richard's Fabulous Finds for men's apparel, and Estate Chicago for Victorian and Art Deco jewelry plucked from the space-time continuum.

5051 N Broadway
Chicago,
IL
US

Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.

4433 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

After putting the final brushstroke on a new painting, an artist member of Chicago Art Leasing uploads photos of the piece to the site's online lending library. Crowded with diverse art styles, the gallery harbors paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works. Most of the works are also available for purchase, but the artists are happy to part with their creations for short-term leases on the walls of businesses, homes, and bee hives.

A Chicago artist and entrepreneur founded the artwork-lending business to make original art more accessible to the masses. Leases begin around $50 per month, and lease-to-own options foster gradual investment in art. Customers can also swap rentals for new pieces when they redecorate or wallpaper over their old display.

4332 N Hermitage Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Cassona's owner, Alma Gutierrez, developed her eclectic furnishing sensibilities during cross-continental treks through Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. The designs Alma encountered in remote artisan shops and markets dazzled her, re-forging her aesthetic sense into that of a bohemian tastemaker. Opening a carefully curated store allowed the consummate collector to satisfy her desire for discovering singular furnishings without drowning her own living space. Cassona, which takes its name from the Spanish word for mansion, boasts a sumptuous Andersonville location, where rustic, centuries-old furniture and home accessories sit alongside sleek, contemporary designs, each vying for customers’ attention with stories of their exotic origins, sought-after creators, and dreams of furnishing model-UN competitions.

5241 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.

1956 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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