Five Chicago shops good for gift registries
Skip the big box shops and registry for your wedding at one of these cool Chicago stores.
Architectural Artifacts This spacious Ravenswood store can practically be a one-stop-shop for your wedding. Not only can you rent out the showroom for your wedding, but you can also add selections from the huge inventory of architectural antiques to your gift wish list. The pros here have occasionally set up gift registries and can do it again. 4325 N Ravenswood Ave (773-348-0622). El: Brown to Irving Park. Bus: 50, 81.
Elements For more than 25 years, this River North shop has been a destination for top-notch gifts (and great coffee—don’t forget to check out the espresso bar). Elements has a well-edited selection of jewelry and other fashion accessories that’ll go nicely on a wedding registry. Look for home-decor pieces, bedding, tabletop items and more. 741 N Wells St (312-642-6574). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 22, 36, 66, 156.
Jonathan Adler With products ranging from midcentury mod–inspired to downright cheeky, Jonathan Adler has an item for every home. This downtown store is bursting with ceramic vases, bedding, velvet sofas and geometric patterned rugs. We’re especially fond of the bright, colorful dinnerware that would be perfect for a newlywed’s first dinner party. 676 N Wabash Ave (312-274-9920). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 22, 36, 66.
P.O.S.H. This vintage-minded housewares boutique offers a great selection of home items with a European flair. Examples include charming plates imported from Brussels, a silver pitcher from an old London hotel and a whimsical ceramic rooster found in France. Your marriage will be one-of-a-kind, so your gifts should be original as well. 613 N State St (312-280-1602). El: Red to Grand. Bus: 36, 65.
Sprout Home Although contemporary design often gets slapped with the “cold” label, the modern style of this airy home and garden center proves otherwise. Outside, make use of free garden design services and an impressive selection of flowers, trees and shrubbery. Inside, browse Eames peel-and-stick wall graphics, graphic glass bowls by Leonardo, and fragrant Circa soy candles. 745 N Damen Ave (312-226-5950). Bus: 50, 66.