Thanks to all who participated in our year end roundup of shops throughout November and December. We covered six categories and heard from you about all types of retail venues from well-known haunts to ones we have yet to visit (but now they are on the list!). Here are the top three in each category - your favorites for the Best of Chicago, 2006...Keep the tips on great local shops coming - with all of 2007 ahead of us, Heather and I love to get ideas on shops to add to our Store Guide.
The Best in Modern Gifts Rotofugi Sprout Home Jayson Home and Garden
The Best Homestore if You Had All the Money in the World Design Within Reach Luminaire Poliform and Room and Board (tie)
Best for DIY Resources Clark Devon Hardware Vogue Fabrics Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Pearl Paint (3 way tie)
Best Antique Store Scout Broadway Antique Market Edgewater Antique Mall
Best in Tabletop/Entertaining Crate and Barrel Outlet Sur La Table Lille