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PAGODA RED
1714 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
773.235.1188
www.pagodared.com
M-SAT 10-6; SUN 12-5

"China is a very complicated place, which makes it a big challenge for me," says Betsy Nathan, the owner of Pagoda Red, a leading resource for Chinese furniture and artifacts. To take on that challenge, Betsy studied Mandarin Chinese every day after work at the house of a Northwestern professor before she moved to Beijing for two years and immersed herself in the culture.

Now Betsy travels to China frequently shopping for her Chicago store. She especially likes eighteenth- and nineteenth-century pieces from the northern province of Shanxi and 1930s upholstered blackwood Deco furniture from Shanghai. She also offers a large collection of architectural artifacts, including lattice window panels and stone columns. She explains of her fascination for the eastern country, "I like to find unusual things, and there is lots to be discovered in China still."





BROADWAY ANTIQUE MARKET
6130 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
773.743.5444
M-SAT 11-7; SUN 11-6

www.bamchicago.com

Peruse the offerings of 70 different dealers in Chicago's largest antique store, which covers 20,000 square feet over two floors and specializes in furniture and furnishings from the 1930s and 1950s.

DECORO
224 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312.943.4847

Athene Carras travels to Japan, China, Korea and beyond to find Asian antiques and art for her global galleries, which are softened with woodblock-printed Venetian silk velvet pillows and bedspreads by artist Spinella.

PAVILION ANTIQUES
2055 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
773.645.0924
T-SAT 12-6; SUN 12-5

On shopping trips to France five times a year, co-owner Deborah Kalman visits her "secret resources" in order to fill her eclectic store with great finds, ranging from gilded Louis XVI–style mirrors to Rene Prou Art Deco furniture.





ARCHITECTURAL ARTIFACTS, INC.
4325 North Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60613
773.348.0622
ecommerce@architecturalartifacts.com
www.architecturalartifacts.com
Daily 10-5

This industrial warehouse is packed with high-quality American and European architectural antiques, like stained glass windows and garden statuary. Need an antique fireplace mantel? Architectural Artifacts has 300 to choose from.





ARMAND LEE & CO., LTD.
840 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
312.455.1200
info@armandlee.com
www.armandlee.com
M-F 9-5:30 PM; SAT by app

Frames for art and mirrors are hand built in the company's workrooms above and below the first-floor showroom. Here, custom-made mirrors get an antique silvering, and frames can be finished with églomisé—gold karat leaf on glass.





Blumgarten & Co
114 North Aberdeen
Chicago, IL 60607
312.770.9052
blumgarten@sbcglobal.net
www.blumgarten.com
M-SAT 9-4 PM

Owner Becky Husman and her son, artist Lance Larsen, renovated a 130-year-old building to hold their floral service, which proffers cut flowers, arrangements and houseplants. Don't miss the third-floor art gallery exhibitions.





ELEMENTS
741 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.642.6574
www.elementschicago.com
M-SAT 10-6; SUN 11-4

An Asian-inspired, Zen-like atmosphere created with neutral tones and slate floors sets the tone for an assortment of accessories, including vases, candles, picture frames, table trimmings and jewelry.





MCKINLEY DESIGN, LTD
2535 West Maypole Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
312.624.8860
www.mckinley-design.com
By appointment only

After learning how to weld sculpture in California, McKinley Wells set up shop in Chicago with his sister Carmen to sell his clean, sleek, stainless-steel furniture for homes, restaurants and nightclubs.





A NEW LEAF
Studio and garden at 1818 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614
312.642.8553
info@anewleafchicago.com
www.anewleafchicago.com
M-SAT 9:30-7; SUN 10:30-6

A profusion of cut flowers, blossoming branches, collectible beads, colorful ribbons and glass and pottery are stylishly displayed in four different stores, which have grown under the tender care of owner Marion Parry.





OSCAR IBERIAN RUGS
1028 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
847.475.0000
webstore@isberian.com
www.isberian.com
M-F 10-6; SAT 11-4
and
122 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.467.1212
M-F 10-6; SAT 11-4

Looking for a balance of color and design, Oscar and Sarkis Tatosian, grandsons of the store's founder, travel to Istanbul, New Delhi and Lahore for beautiful rugs both new and antique, like those they found for the Chicago Polo mansion.





SHASHI CAUDILL, PHOTOGRAPHS AND FINE ART
1714 North Damen Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647
Call for an appointment: 773.276.6077
info@shashicaudill.com
www.shashicaudill.com

This private dealer, who helped decorate the Chicago Polo store and restaurant, is an expert on American black-and-white photographs from the 1920s through the late 1950s by the likes of Walker Evans and Berenice Abbott.
—Bart Boehlert