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Retro Shopping Mecca

February 27, 2017

Lovers of retro fashion, decor and accessories will find it hard to behave at Beehive! With so many gorgeous gambits on offer, it’s a dream destination for diehard vintage devotees, and will have you sharpening your elbows for a rummage in seconds. Where else can you source emerald-green velvet Mid-Century lounge chairs, an amber glass room divider, and a 1972 Winter Olympics coat?

Chicago’s much-loved vintage concept has just relaunched in a fab new West Town space. Consider it a flea market meets antique mall meets shared showroom, housing some of the city's best vintage dealers. You’ll discover furniture, clothing, ornaments and artwork here, including unique buys.

Fashion finds range from a 70s news-print shirt to heart-patterned 60s dresses and chunky Bakelite jewellery, with designer labels spanning D&G, Dior and Diane von Fürstenberg. Interiors addicts can refresh their homes with vibrant kilim rugs, lean Mid-Century wooden credenzas, pretty Pyrex bowls or Mad Men-era glass barware. If you can’t fit an Eames chair or some West German ceramic vases in your carry-on, then why not load up on a few easy listening records or some cult vinyl?

All this cool, kitsch, covetable and collectible bounty is neatly organised in a generous industrial-chic store, so no random rifling through dusty old tat here. Prices are bargain-friendly too. All hail the brilliantly buzzy Beehive!

Beehive / 2501 W Chicago Ave / West Town / +1 872 817 7116 / noon-7pm Wed-Sun / /

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