As any slick Chicago hipster will concur, Pilsen is quickly emerging as the new beating heart of the city’s creative scene, with trendy concepts popping up monthly like farm-to-table restaurant Nightwood and retro fashion trove Revival a Go-Go. But already way ahead of this fashionable curve was furniture and homeware showroom Modern Cooperative. Touting a mostly mid-century to modern cache since 2011, the store has proved such a hit with vintage-hungry shoppers that owners Mike Biersma and Tiffany Paige have recently had to up sticks and move down the road to a more generously-proportioned space in Thalia Hall.
And more space means more designers – 30 new names plus local artists, no less, such as Emmy Star Brown who daubs vintage glassware with her signature freehand graphics, and design firm MODified Originals who combine rustic reclaimed woods to create modern sculptures and home accent pieces. In terms of vintage originals, Modern Coop’s inventory includes late 50s to early 70s sideboards, sofas, lamps, and even bar carts all sourced at estate sales and auctions around the country, and be sure to keep an eye out for standout pieces like a near mint condition Herman Miller Eames ottoman, a 1960s Danish red wall unit, and a splendid range of mossy terrariums. Mid-century marvellous!