United States of Design Road Trips: A Midwestern Route

United States of Design Road Trips: A Midwestern Route

Janel Laban
Jul 25, 2011

Have you checked out our itineraries for trips through parts of the Northeast and the South? Well, road trippers, now we're moving on to the design heartland! The Midwest is home to excellent architecture, truly amazing art and secondhand sources that must be seen to be believed. Clear space in the trunk, fire up the GPS and get ready for inspiration and treasure-hunting, midwestern-style…

Our starter itinerary this week begins in Ohio, zips up through Michigan, back down and through Indiana, ventures up into Illinois and ends up in Missouri. There is plenty more to see beyond our suggestions, so we'll leave the exact route to you but here are a few good stops to pick and choose from when plotting out your own trip:

Art Museums:
Contemporary Arts Center, Columbus
Columbus Museum of Art
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
The Cleveland Musuem of Art
Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:
Columbus Architectural Salvage
Flower Child Vintage, Cleveland and Columbus

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:
Art, Design & Antiques Market at CMA
South Drive In Flea Market, Columbus
Weekly Auctions - Sugarcreek, Farmerstown, Mt. Hope, Kidron

Apartment Therapy Reader Neighborhood Guide:
Nick's Guide to Over the Rhine, Cincinnati

Apartment Therapy Reader Insider Tip:
There are some antique malls all around in the 'burbs that one can find some great prices. I have found some cool stuff at one near Medina in what used to be supermarket. It is just east of RT 71 I believe... Heading way east on Rt. 422 is one called Aunties Antiques that can be interesting.
If you are willing to go back to the area a weekend or two After Labor day you can hit up the Burton Flea Market and Antique Show at the Geauga County Fair grounds. I have not been for years (as I now live in the Chicago area) but I went growing up and feel that contributed to my fabulous taste in all things old...
- emtdmt

Art Museums:
Detroit Institute of Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit

Interesting Homes to Tour:
Saarinen House and Garden, Cranbrook
Alden B. Dow Home & Studio, Midland
Meyer May House, Grand Rapids

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Bureau of Urban Living, Detroit
• Mies van der Rohe and Alfred Caldwell's Lafayette Park in Detroit
Ipso Facto, Three Oaks
Rabbit Run Inn, Sawyer

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:
127 Corridor Sale From Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama

Apartment Therapy Reader Neighborhood Guide:
Blake's Guide to Downtown Detroit

Miller House in Columbus with Alexander Girard designed interiors

Art Museum:
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Interesting Homes to Tour:
Miller House & Garden, Columbus - on Apartment Therapy
Hillforest, Aurora
Wylie House, Bloomington

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:
Columbus, including the Lagoons neighborhood
Paul Henry's Art Gallery, Hammond
Antique Alley, Richmond
Midland Arts & Antiques, Indianapolis
Exit 76 Antique Mall, near Columbus

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
Exit 76 Antique Mall, near Columbus

Jayson Home & Garden, one of the great places to find vintage goods in Chicago

Art Museums:
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Smart Museum of Art, Chicago

Interesting Homes to Tour:
Farnsworth House, Plano, on Apartment Therapy
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Oak Park
Robie House, Hyde park

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:
Chicago's Great Vintage & Antique Shops
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours and Shop
Graceland Cemetary
Millenium Park
Wright Auction House
• Merchandise Mart, Showroom Tours & Shopping at Luxe Home

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:
Chicago Antique Market
Kane County Flea Market
Wolff's Flea Market, Rosemont
Sandwich Antiques Market
Grayslake Antique Market

Art Museums:
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
St. Louis Art Museum
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Kansas City

Interesting Homes to Tour:
Campbell House, St. Louis
Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio, Kansas City

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:
• Eero Saarininen's Gateway Arch, St. Louis
St. Louis Architecture Walking Tour
Cherokee Antique Row, near St. Louis
Retro Inferno, Kansas City
Weird Stuff Antiques, Kansas City
American Restaurant designed by Warren Platner, Kansas City
Hammerpress, Kansas City
Urban Dwellings, Kansas City

Apartment Therapy Reader Neighborhood Guides:
Jeff's Guide to the Central West End, St. Louis
Jake's Guide to Soulard, St. Louis
Jamie's Guide to Waldo/Brookside, Kansas City

This list is just the beginning — please share your favorite have-to-stop destinations in the Midwest with us all in the comments below...

Images: Main Illustration - Allard Laban

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.25.11 - JL

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