Week #10 – Anthropologie Lincoln Park

So, I’ve been to Anthropologie before—it’s one of my favorite stores! HOWEVER, I’ve never been to one of their store openings before…

When Bridget invited Lauren and me to the opening of Anthro’s new store in Lincoln Park, we couldn’t resist. The shopping trifecta was back in action! (See Lincoln Antique Mall and Architectural Artifacts postings for our past shopping trips.)

As we walked in, women stood by the door with clipboards to check our names off of a list (exclusive!). We then made our way to the cocktails; the signature drink of the party was a Moscow Mule (one of my favorite drinks) served in a Mason jar. I must admit that I’m a huge fan of serving drinks in jars; we used them as water glasses at our barn wedding (which means I now have 160 Mason jars in my storage unit and my mother-in-law’s home). They also passed appetizers, and had tasty little cupcakes from More Cupcakes, and a delicious spread of cheeses, roasted nuts, jams, crackers, and fruit near the cocktails.

We walked around the new store, ogling the gorgeous spring clothing line (Bridge purchased a denim top and Laur bought a cute dress for her husband’s graduation from his master’s program). And I couldn’t get enough of the uber-creative, inspiring displays. (Kudos to their design team!) Good tunes played in the background as we chatted throughout the evening.

I have to admit, the funniest part of the night was seeing all the boyfriends and husbands cramped on the chairs and sofas, looking like they were about to die of boredom. Ladies: If you want to get some serious shopping done, leave your man at home. You’ll be doing yourself—not to mention your significant other—a huge favor.

I’d like to end this post by stating: if I could outfit my entire home—and myself—in Anthropologie merchandise, I would. Their luxurious bedding, delicate glassware, statement jewelry, stand-out dresses, impressive book collection—do I need to go on? Actually, have you ever smelled their candles? Yum.

Next time you’re shopping for groceries at Whole Foods, picking up home goods from Crate & Barrel, or grabbing a bite at Uncle Julio’s (which we did after the store opening!), be sure to stop by and check out the latest Anthro location.

1548 N. Fremont Street
Lincoln Park

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Week #8 – Architectural Artifacts

After Bridget, Lauren, and I went to Lincoln Antique Mall, we drove north to Bridget’s second pick: Architectural Artifacts. From the outside of the building, you have no idea what you’re about to experience.

The only thing I knew about Architectural Artifacts was that you can get married/have your wedding reception there (hello! I’m a recent bride!). I had no clue of the vastness or the sheer volume of vintage pieces and salvages items they have. I’m talking rooms of just mantles, just doors, and so much more. With at least four or five floors of showrooms (it’s hard to remember!), we decided to take a right first into a room filled with lots of lighting, tiles, stained-glass windows, accessories, and teeth (yes, I typed “teeth”). But the cool thing about this place is that just when you think you’ve conquered a room, there’s more. This space would be amazing for hide and seek…

If you keep walking, you’ll find a beautiful atrium filled with tons of natural light. From there, you can either go up and explore the showrooms (which is what we did) or downstairs where they hold their events. We made it our mission to visit every room, which took hours, and a pit stop along the way for a Twizzlers snack. But it was so worth it. We saw vintage bikes (photo below), chemistry sets, medical chairs, Spanish bakery signs, chairs of all shapes and sizes, chandeliers for every style, old country and anatomy maps, church kneelers and pews, exotic rugs, a bench with attached seats from an Italian ice cream shop, iron gates, and way too much more to share in this post.

I truly have never seen such interesting finds in my life. They are a little pricey, but if you can afford it (and even if you can’t), you’ve got to see this place to believe it.

And I can’t imagine how pretty a wedding would be here. A woman showed us how the space is laid out for an event, where the bride and groom are center stage for their ceremony at the top of the main floor stairs, and then how one big main event space is broken up into smaller spaces to create a truly one-of-a-kind venue. And the chandeliers in the “dining area” (which are near a fountain, I kid you not) were gorgeous.

I know I’m kind of drooling over this place, but it reminded me why I’m doing this blog. I really felt like I experienced something completely new that I probably wouldn’t have visited on my own. Thanks, Bridge and Laur!

Architectural Artifacts (Be sure to check out their website for just a fraction of the merchandise they have in-house!)
Atrium Events (their event space website)
4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Note: I made Bridge and Laur pose for these photos. I hope you enjoy this stunning photo gallery!

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Week #8 – Lincoln Antique Mall

My first job was working at a charming gift and home store in Park Ridge called Raffia Gifts (a must-visit if you’re ever in the area!). During my time there, I not only discovered my love of home decorating, stationary, and accessories—I got to work with two of my best friends, Bridget and Lauren! Bridget went on to be an interior designer, and I asked her to come up with some places we could visit each month (for fun and to share with you for the blog). Lauren’s currently in the middle of a kitchen remodel and Bridget just bought a new condo, so I have a feeling our shopping excursions will be a regular thing!

I’ve recently discovered my love for antique malls because there’s an amazing one that my sister-in-law and I go to, Galesburg Antique Mall, whenever we go to my husband’s hometown. I’ve scored some serious finds here, including tons of milk glass (my favorite!), a mint-condition vintage map of Knox County (where Nate is from), and the most special: our vintage china that Nate surprised me with for our first wedding anniversary.

Here are things I always look for when I go to the antique mall:

  • milk glass
  • all other glassware
  • anything with a crown on it
  • crocheted doilies (I really want to make a runner out of them like I saw on Pinterest)

So Bridge picked two places: Lincoln Antique Mall and Architectural Artifacts (next post!) for our first time antiquing in the city, and Lauren came too! Lincoln Antique Mall is very easy to find and has really unique pieces just waiting to be scooped up! The owner does a great job displaying all of the merchandise, and it seemed to be in great condition.

Nate and I don’t really need any major furnishings so I had my eye on accessories, but they had really unique and affordable chests, tables, and chairs that I will come back to shop for when I’m in the market for those bigger items.

They had a good selection of Venetian mirrors (which I really like), and I really enjoyed their glassware! They had nice matching sets, and Lauren even said she bought some of each set to create her own collection (so cool). My friends got me a beautiful, delicate milk glass bowl from here for my birthday, but, unfortunately, there wasn’t much in stock when we went. But that’s the beauty of antique malls—you have to keep visiting because they have new products all the time!

But they had so much more than just these few items I mention. I HIGHLY suggest you check out their website to see the merchandise they have, complete with good-quality photos, descriptions, and pricing. Hey, if Nate Berkus recommends it, don’t you think it’s worth a look? I did, and once I buy a place, I’m definitely coming here for one-of-a-kind wares.

**Get a sense of my home style on my Pinterest “Dream Home” board!

Lincoln Antique Mall
3115 West Irving Park Road
Irving Park

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