At Your Service
Plenty of local businesses specialize in antique and vintage repair. Here’s our list of favorites.
by Bridget Maiellaro
Before you hire, check a service provider’s reputation via the Better Business Bureau (312-832-0500).
Chicago Conservation Center (730 N. Franklin St.; 312-944-5401) restores more than paintings; it also offers services for antique and fine furniture, sculptures, murals, rare books, and textiles. Fine Arts Conservation and Restoration (817 Ridge Rd., Wilmette; 847-256-8595) works on paintings and decorative arts.
Costume Jewelry Repair House (55 E. Washington St.; 312-782-7810) provides lapidary services—cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones—as well as stone replacement and bead restringing. Lambrecht’s Jewelers (1131 Central Ave., Wilmette; 847-251-3284) restores, redesigns, and readjusts antique and modern-day pieces.
LAMPS AND LAMPSHADES
Benko Lamps (7400 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview; 708-458-7965) carries 1,200 hand-sewn and man-made lampshades—everything from goatskin parchments to French paper. Two on-site repairmen work while you wait. A Lamp & Fixture Shoppe (3181 N. Elston Ave.; 773-866-0220) specializes in restoration.
Brooks Shoe Service (55 E. Washington St.; 312-704-6805) is a pick of costumers at both the Goodman Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago; ask about curbside pickups/drop-offs. Other favorites include Anthony’s Shoe Repair (13 W. Hillgrove Ave., La Grange; 708-352-7171) and Sam the Shoe Doctor (132 S. Franklin St.; 312-332-9390), where 80 percent of repairs take less than 24 hours.
Barry Regent Cleaners (3000 N. Broadway; 773-348-5510) houses a full-service tailoring department for vintage items. We also recommend Lake City Cleaners (1740 First St., Highland Park, 847-433-4800; 831 Emerson St., Evanston, 847-864-6200) for its home fittings, emergency restoration, and cleaning services and Tailor’s Touch (9546 W. 147th St., Orland Park; 708-460-2833). Niche shop Without a Trace (3344 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 773-588-4922; 100 E. Walton St., 312-787-9922) repairs and reweaves leather and fur.
UPHOLSTERY AND WOODWORK
Weber Furniture Services (5915 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-275-9061) specializes in antique and vintage repair; they will custom-remake broken or missing furniture pieces. The shop also provides moving and disaster recovery services. Other favorites include Oakley Interiors (424 N. Oakley Blvd.; 312-243-4941) and Furniture Revival (2039 W. Carroll Ave.; 312-733-5477), a new partnership that methodically researches wood, metal, fabric, and finishes before every repair.
WATCHES AND CLOCKS
Father Time Antiques (2108 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-880- 5599) repairs (and sells) watches from the turn of the last century and old clocks. We also like Chicago Clock Company and Gifts (14486 S. La Grange Rd., Orland Park, 708-349-2565; 431 Ogden Ave., Clarendon Hills, 630-986-9210) and A Matter of Time (847- 359-1810; by appointment).
The Porcelain Doctor (1143 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette; 847-251-0187), inside Raven & Dove Antique Gallery, restores and preserves antique lladras, jade, ivory, Hummels, porcelain, pottery, and wood. Al Bar Wilmette Platers (127 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette; 847-251-1217) specializes in the restoration of historic hardware, metal fixtures, lamps, and chandeliers.