Judy Maxwell Home: Joan Cusack's Chicago Shop of Fun Curiosities

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Specialty: Home store totally focused on fun and quirky items
Price Range: ($) Budget to ($$$) High-End


It's hard to classify Judy Maxwell Home. It's kind of a gift shop but it's also a house of curiosities. It's an art gallery where you can also pick up a lifesize talking Power Ranger. Oh, and you might run into owner Joan Cusack, too.

Before going into Judy Maxwell I knew just two things about it. It's named after Barbra Steisand's character in What's Up, Doc? and it's owned by actress Joan Cusack. A friend mentioned to me that she went in a few weeks ago and was delighted by the fun and unique items carried there. And, ok, she was also more than a little tickled to meet Joan while she was there.

I didn't get the chance to meet Joan, but I, too, was delighted by the shop's eclectic offerings. From the large scale popsicle paintings to the lifesize Power Ranger, there are definitely items in the 'who would buy this and how could they afford it' category. But then I started to look more closely at the smaller pieces and that's where the fun really starts. I'm talking books that have been carved out to look like rocks and umbrellas with sword handles. Everyday items that have been given fun touches.

So if I did have to classify the store I would simply call it a funshop. It's the kind of store that reminds you to take life a little less seriously and just have some damned fun.

For more about Judy Maxwell Home, visit their store page over at Marketplace.

(Images: Jason Loper)