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Agent Gallery

  Slightly gritty, hole-in-the-wall Agent Gallery Chicago makes for a fun adventure. A School of the Art Institute grad and former manager at Salvage One, Mariano Chavez brings an artsy sensibility to the industrial pieces he finds for his Wicker Park shop—be they old marquee letters or vintage science-class posters. If you prefer a more … Read more

Curb Appeal

1 Put four of these sleek seats in a circle and you’ve got an instant lounge: Soleil tubular steel mesh lounge chair with powder-coat finish, $329, at Room & Board, 55 E. Ohio St., 312-222-0970, roomandboard.com. 2, 4 Pablo Girones crisp, capacious Sahara molded polyethylene planters come in five graceful shapes. Inner fluorescent lighting is … Read more

All Hale

Jonathan Nesci of Hale fashions his pieces of powder-coated steel and spun aluminum, as well as concrete.  Wright auction house alums Sam Vinz and Claire Warner have joined forces to offer emerging design at affordable prices via intermittent pop-up exhibits under the name The Volume Gallery. The first such exhibit, March 19 through 23, will … Read more

Glass Girls

  Erin Schultz and Laura Nelson were frustrated by how complicated recycling was in their Little Village neighborhood. So when Perrier bottles started piling up in their trash bins, they got their hands on a glass cutter and a sandblaster and started ReUseful Objects. Now they’ve got a budding business on Etsy, repurposing beer, wine, … Read more