We dare you to I.D. one of our favorite boutiques, I.D. Is it a furniture and accessories store? Fragrances? Eyewear? "It’s identity," says Steven Burgert (below), who opened the shop six years ago with his partner, Anthony Almaguer. With gallery-worthy displays of modern furniture, tabletop items, lighting, original artwork, handbags, pet goods, designer eyeglasses, and more, I.D. is an irresistible blend of high design and surprisingly low prices. The store unveils new merchandise every month because "identity is about change," Burgert says. "People don’t want to be stagnant."

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(1) Strut dining table by Blu Dot, $1,299; matching Chair Chairs, $129 each; Tracy Kendall’s Lace Prints, $195 per panel. (2) Tampopo ceramic Crinkle Cups, $50 for a set of four. (3) Herkimer crystal candleholder by Arik Levy, $680. Gran’s candlesticks by Harry Allen in cast polyester resin, $45 each. (4) Organic extruded-plastic bowl, $70; ottoman, $890, and matching sectional, $3,000; all by Gus. (5) Top: Banana plaster fruit bowl by Harry Allen, $430; tranSglass collection by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden, $20 to $48. Middle: Iittala barware, $18 per stem. Bottom: Esther Derkx Improved Crockery, $40 to $110. All at I.D., 3337 N. Halsted St., 773-755-4343, idchicago.com.


Photography: Matthew Gilson