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Merchandise Mart Review
This massive marketplace between Wells and North Orleans streets just north of the Chicago River is more notable for its Art Deco design than its shopping. Much of the building's stores are only for the design trade, meaning that you have to be an interior designer to access their wares. However, the first two floors have been turned into retail with the unveiling of LuxeHome, the world's largest collection of high-end kitchen, bath, and building showrooms that are open to the public. Tenants include de Giulio kitchen design and Waterworks and the Chopping Block, a local culinary school with a loyal fan base, has a spacious location here.
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
Why: After being housebound by what seemed to be a never-ending winter (enough already!), it was time to bundle Read more
In December 2013/January 2014 my wife and I did a three week trip to the USA, with the aim of experiencing a proper North American winter. Read more
We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.
We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.
Any add-ons in the area?
Thanks. Read more
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