Virtu is a cute little Bucktown shop that’s been around for a while, and every time I go in I’m reminded of why I like it so much. Owner Julie Hororwitz Jackson carries practical and fun items such as these FDA-grade silicone placemats ($18 each; shown above) by Modern-Twist, along with doilies ($25 per pair) and coasters ($23 for box of 4). Cute easy-to-clean placemats are a very good investment in my book.