A modern old-fashioned shop.
An oxymoron, yes, but it does describe RR#1 Chicago
. It is housed in a 1930's apothecary just north of Chicago Avenue on Ashland, and is full of original details like mosaic floors and heavy wooden cabinetry.
The modern part comes in when you start browsing the merchandise.
RR#1 offers an eclectic selection of (reasonably-priced!) goods that are perfect for gifts, but tempting for yourself.
We especially liked the selections of: candles, tea, cleaning supplies and soaps. Local Chicago stuff: candles from Snow and Graham are $22. and Cocoa Room candies are $10. Rustic looking coasters featuring a wide assortment of images are just $10. Deliciously scented diffusers from K. Hall are $42. (we love this product).
Owned by two women (both named Sherri), the shop is friendly and funky. The website is doesn't offer online shopping, meaning this one requires an in person visit to get the goodies. RR#1 Chicago is open Monday - Saturday from 11 - 7, and Sundays from 12 - 5.