Sweden Shop

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We owe a great big Thank You to AT readers, Molly and Pam, for introducing us to The Sweden Shop. This quaint but unbelievably roomy shop is a wonderland of Scandinavian home design.

It's expected that they have a premier selection of unusual Marimekko fabric (which they do) but we figured their other strong point to be...

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...dishware! To drop some big names, they carry collections by Bodum, Iittala, and Rörstrand. There are also some lesser-known treasures, such as the simple porcelain tabletop pieces by Danish designer Anne Black. What we like about The Sweden Shop is that you can buy one small glass (which we did) or arrange for a hutch-full of your favorite design.

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Besides dishes and tabletop accessories, this Albany Park shop sells craft supplies, toys, clothing, jewelry, books, and much more. Now we know where to go when our Danskos finally give out!

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The prices generally check out to be about standard (importing can be pricey work) but this is a fun place to visit, if only to browse. All the bright colors and cheery patterns are ideal for knocking the wind out of a grey Chicago day.

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Did we mention that they sell delightfully non-American snacks?

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