Along with a fresh name and a slick Riverside location, the Chicago Architecture Center (111 E. Wacker Dr.) got a 1,900-square-foot store in August that rivals any modern art museum’s. Adhering to the nonprofit’s mission to “inspire people to discover why design matters,” the plaza-level boutique offers a collection of quirky and practical items for architecture junkies ranging from dedicated maximalists to less-is-more devotees. It may be a gift shop at a tourist attraction, but there’s plenty for locals: The Chicago-centric souvenirs bypass cheese, and the elevated goods are downright divine.
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