With three levels and 21,000 square feet, this River North emporium is packed with large-scale contemporary furniture and regularly hosts lectures by visiting international design stars whose work it stocks, like Italy's Patricia Urquiola and the Swedish architectural firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. luminaire.com

Morlen Sinoway Atelier
The owner is more than a furniture-maker; he's Chicago's design macher as the founder of the Guerrilla Truck Show furniture event. Sinoway's Fulton Market gallery carries his line, locally made limited editions, mid-century icons, and pieces from major European players. morlensinoway.com

Dealing in mostly postwar French and Italian treasures, this Bucktown jewel is a favorite of the city's makeover maven Nate Berkus; rotating, high-minded exhibitions feature pieces from the likes of Rick Owens, Aldo Bakker, and Llot Llov in an airy space. pavilionantiques.com

Post 27
This West Town shop pairs new work by local talents (Steven Teichelman's sculptural wooden chandelier, Strand Design's sleek, sawhorse-style desk) with no-name accessories like swordfish-shaped bookends and groovy ceramic vases. post27store.com

The Haymaker Shop
Everything at this rustic-chic store in Andersonville is made—most likely by hand—in Chicago or the Midwest, and reclaimed-wood consoles and butcher-block slab chairs already have that sought-after patina. haymakershop.com

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1. Jonathan Nesci
Formerly a restoration manager for Chicago auctioneer Richard Wright, the 30-year-old launched his own furniture collection that has a Donald Judd quality, including heavy steel and aluminum chairs, stools, and shelves. A_Stool bar stool, $850; hale-id.com

2. Steven Haulenbeek
Haulenbeek, 32, designs accessories with an experimental, high-low edge. He lashes a cluster of bulbs together with electrical tape to form a pendant light and casts aluminum plates to look like Styrofoam. Ramus lamp, $60; steven haulenbeek.com

3. Zak Rose
A veteran woodworker, Rose, 32, launched his studio two years ago, using his expertise to craft dressers, sideboards, and tables that pair locally sourced woods with svelte metal legs. Solid Gold record cabinet, $3,500; zakrose.com

4. Felicia Ferrone
The 39-year-old Chicago native trained under starchitect Antonio Citterio and now takes cues from the Italian master of minimalism, creating monolithic drinking glasses and three-legged marble tables. Shift side table, $3,800; fferronedesign.com

5. Seth Deysach
When pics of his $2,750 walnut bike ended up online, the 41-year-old became a sensation. But his core business is custom shelves and benches plus select retail pieces like this knotty wood desk. Hackberry desk, $2,995; lagomorphdesign.com

6. TJ O'Keefe
This 30-year-old newcomer from Michigan distills furniture to its geometric essence. His 45 Light is a triangular frame inset with LEDs, and his 3:1 Table is made of three steel pieces that nest to form a cube. Chair IV, $680; tjokeefe.com

7. Christopher Gentner
After fabricating metal furniture for blue-chip brands for 20-plus years, the 46-year-old from New York debuted his industrial-luxe line, adding wood, glass, and leather to the mix. Bar cart, $4,150; gentnerfabrication.com

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