Shop Talk: News and Events from Chicago’s Home and Garden Scene

Artist Mariano Chavez expands his space, the German cabinetmaker Eggersman will open a River North showroom, and more big news.

Photo: Katrina Wittkamp

On the Storefront

This past winter, the online housewares purveyor Unison opened a holiday pop-up shop in Wicker Park. Good news: It’s still there. Now you can check out this local company’s cheery new summer lines, including gingham table linens and cute bedding for babies and kids by Chicago artist Cody Hudson, up close and in person. 1911 W. Division St., unisonhome.com

 

To Market

Home goods from Dose Market
A beverage serving set from Dose Market Photo: Caroline Dixey

Nothing beats shopping at an outdoor market on a summer day (unless temps are sweltering, in which case, here’s an indoor option, too). The season’s hottest tickets: Randolph Street Market expands from 75 vendors indoors in the winter to 250 sellers of vintage furniture, clothing, and collectibles in the summer. May 24, 25; June 28, 29; July 26, 27; August 30, 31. 1340 W. Randolph St., randolphstreetmarket.com. Guerrilla Truck Show brings together up-and-coming designers for a festive evening of artisanal goods hawked out of parked vans and trucks on June 10. Aberdeen Street and Fulton Market, morlensinoway.com. Renegade Craft Fair returns to Wicker Park September 6 and 7. Get screen-printed throws, pillows, and other handmade accessories. Division Street between Damen and Paulina, renegadecraft.com. Dose Market, an indoor food, fashion, and home-goods event normally held at 1st Ward at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park, offers such things as mid-century furniture from Humboldt House and vintage pottery from Reform Objects (shown here). Find it June 29 at a surprise location in the West Loop. dosemarket.com

 
An Eggersmann custom kitchen
Photo: Courtesy of vendor

A Good Egg

The modernist German cabinetmaker Eggersmann is opening a 6,700-square-foot showroom in River North in early June, offering custom kitchens, entertainment centers, and closets. Like options? The company claims to have the world’s largest selection of FSC-certified veneers. 300 W. Hubbard St., eggersmannusa.com

 
Mariano Chavez
Mariano Chavez

Agent Provocateur

Artist Mariano Chavez recently moved his Ukrainian Village curio shop, Agent Gallery, to new, larger digs in Logan Square, giving him twice as much room to display his unique blend of industrial furniture and macabre accessories.

Industrial furniture from Mariano Chavez
Photo: Courtesy of vendor

Chavez on the need for more space: “I rediscovered great things in storage—like a woodworking table that would make a beautiful side table and a fireman’s safety net. Now I have the room to show them.”

Chavez on his customers: When your inventory includes such oddities as a skull carved into a sea shell and a chandelier made from plastic bones, not everyone gets it. “My biggest sellers are prints and posters,” says Chavez.

3903 W. Fullerton Ave., agentgallery.com

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