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Sponge Worthy Chicago Design

By Olivia Leigh in Miscellaneous on Oct 4, 2007 7:47PM

Brooklyn-based design blog, Design*Sponge, recently premiered a sleek new look, and today the site rolled out a Chicago Design Guide, the latest in a series of city-focused lists dedicated to help folks find all the best spots for furniture, home accessories and over-priced knickknacks.

2007_10_dwr.jpgPenned by recent Chicago transplant, Lizzie Garrett, the guide lists the usual suspects (Sprout, i.D., Scout), with most stores grouped in Bucktown/Wicker Park and Lincoln Park/Lakeview. Overall, the list is thorough, if somewhat predictable, although, as a commenter said, Garrett was remiss to forget the Broadway and Edgewater Antique Malls, two great places for Design*Sponge-friendly mid-century finds.

And while we're on the subject of design, the local brand of Modernica, one of the River North spots in the guide, is slated to close soon. A great spot for high-quality designer knockoffs, the showroom will be closing "toward the end of the month," according to a staff member. If you're looking for a sleek piece, nearly everything left is available for 25-60% off, which, you know, is still too rich for our blood.

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