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1120 N. State St.; 312-255-1848 (plus Highland Park, Schaumburg, and Oak Brook locations)
SAVE When shopping on a budget for a chandelier, it’s hard to find anything that doesn’t resemble an eighth-grade metal shop project (the strangely unbeautiful models at Ikea leap to mind). So, spend a little more—no fixture worth hanging in the center of a room should be too inexpensive. Anthropologie, the national clothing boutique with an urban bohemian aesthetic, carries a small but reliably pretty collection. The teardrop chandelier ($268) is made by Murano glass blowers. The hemlock chandelier has wrought-iron branches and nine electric candlesticks for a gothy Old World vibe ($900). And the shimmery abalone chandelier ($1,900), our favorite from its current collection, is made from cascading rows of pearlescent seashells.
812 N. Wells St.; 312-787-6991
SPLURGE Prepare to be flabbergasted upon entering the Old Town show room of this more than 75-year-old company that has provided the chandeliers for the Field Museum and sconces for the Lyric Opera. Whereas some dealers focus heavily on grand ballroom–scale fixtures, New Metalcrafts stocks a wide range: from very ornate, traditional chandeliers—crystal, gilt, and intricate branching designs—to an affordable vine-patterned version in bronzed metal for $879, to lots of inexpensive contemporary pendant lights, sconces, and porch lanterns. The store is also intuitively laid out: yet-to-be-restored antiques on the top, fourth floor; imports and contemporary fixtures on the second and third floors; and the showstoppers—a $72,000 crystal chandelier or a round Phantom of the Opera–style wrought-iron fixture for $5,235—on the ground level.
photography: (Image 1) courtesy svenska Möbler; (Image 2) blackbox studios; (Image 3) courtesy jayson Home & garden; (Image 4) david stockman/istockphoto.com; (Image 5) courtesy leslie hindman auctioneers; (Image 6) courtesy anthropologie