Scout: Urban Antiques in Chicago

Updated Store Profile

Store History

  • Founded by: Larry Vodak
  • Headquarters: Chicago

This Andersonville shop sells a well-edited collection of antiques. Styles are simple and clean-lined with rich, time-worn finishes. As the website says, "Scout is "less about style and more about a feeling."

There are a few Chicago shops that our local house tour participants continually single out in their lists of favorite sources. Scout is one of them. Located on Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood (a good shopping destination), the store carries clean-lined antiques that lean towards functional, modern styles with a patina of well-worn use.

Owner Larry Vodak describes Scout as "an urban antique shop," and it seems like an apt description. The furniture here would look great in a city apartment that combines new and old, traditional and modern. Editing is spot-on; Larry has an eye for pieces that feel masculine, warm, and a little edgy.

Scout is a particularly good resource for storage pieces. On our last trip we saw some great apothecary cabinets and metal lockers. Prices are on the high end, but the pieces are unique and of high enough quality that costs are reasonable.

RELATED POST: Scout Store Profile from 2006

Photos: Tate Gunnerson (1-6), Sarah Coffey (7-10)

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