- Location: Chicago, IL
- Website: iqliving.com
iQ living just opened. It is housed in a brand new building that went up over the summer; it seems that the paint could barely be dry but they are open for business.
We took a quick walk-through yesterday evening (while waiting for take out from Shine) and we'd say that the two-story iQ living can best be described as a sort of mini Bed, Bath and Beyond (sans the bedding...). The focus is on general housewares - the more useful items rather than purely decorative ones.
Heaviest on cooking/kitchen goods, the shop has teapots, cookware, small appliances (the espresso machines looked nice) and utensils. Servingware, flatware, placemats, glasses and gadgets can all be found. Goods for the bath are also plentiful. There is a big section of shelving as well as some seating, lamps and wall decor, mainly mirrors.
There is a large selection of goods here...it's not a boutique-like shop with only a select few items. Prices do not seem inflated for the location, but are fairly standard from the tags we checked. We noticed lots of Umbra and Casabella along with euro-seeming brands - what you would expect to find from BB&B or the Container Store.
The store feels and looks "new" - the smell of fresh paint permeates the space and the displays feel in process at this point. Only time will tell what iQ living will grow into; even their website is "coming soon".