Charming Chicago & Beyond

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Chicago conjures images of dazzling nightlife, upscale shopping, and first-class theatre. Yet, tucked away in and around “The Windy City” are unique shops brimming with Old-World ambience, a tranquil garden oasis, and a 1920s English-inspired historical inn, just waiting to be explored. Indulge your senses in these gorgeous locales that showcase the magic that is Chicagoland. 

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Whether you’re passionate for all things tartan, pining for vintage picnic accessories, or seeking antique ladders reinvented as quilt racks, the 4,000 square foot upscale emporium of Brimfield delivers, thanks to the Andersonville shop owner Julie Fernstrom. 

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Brimfield’s plush furnishings, such as “The Hunter Collection,” speak to Julie’s love of midcentury pieces. Luggage covered in a tartan pattern rests comfortably next to a seasoned steamer trunk transformed into an end table. Eclectic treasures, such as a fox figurine, an antique silver bowl, and a vintage scale, contribute to the rustic theme. 

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Marguerite Gardens owner marguerite Gluck has lush varietals imported twice daily from Amsterdam to the European-style flower market, located in the heart of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Customers can browse a bevy of antique garden décor items, such as wire birdcages and nineteenth-century furnishings and accessories. Vases of vibrantly colored blooms infuse the shop with intoxicating scents. 

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Left: Epicurean aficionados will delight in Andersonville’s City Olive. Sixty varieties of imported virgin olive oils are presented for sampling. Fine vinegars, mustards, chutneys, and gourmet olives are displayed alongside handcrafted serving pieces from Spain and Provence. Right: More than 250 homemade blends housed in apothecary jars line the vintage shelves at The Spice House in Historical downtown Geneva, Illinois. The shop is famous for its savory seasonings, rubs and marinades, and specialty foods, such as candied ginger, truffles, and fermented garlic. 

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The Deer Path Inn, in Lake Forest, Illinois, features white-jacket service, serene surroundings, and outstanding accommodations. Fifty-five distinctively decorated rooms, including twenty-seven suites, offer gracious respite. Built in 1929, the Tudor-style hotel is a historical landmark that was fashioned after a manor house in England. 

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Tranquility abounds among the lush, winding paths of the one-hundred-year-old japanese Gardne, nestled between the quaint villages of Batavia and Geneva, Illinois. Graceful statues of wildlife adorn the landscape. Remodeled by noted Chicago architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Fabyan Villa on the property is now a museum that houses a collection of Asian artifacts. A serene pond is canopied by the Moon Bridge, above. 

“Charming Chicago & Beyond” can be found on page 30 of the September/October 2010 issue of Victoria magazine. 

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