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Architectural Artifacts: Chicago

Art & Design

We’ve all heard of those lucky few who somehow manage to spend their lives traveling the world and curating a globally styled collection of treasure around them. They may seem like urban legends this day in age, but one such adventurer-collector, Stuart Grannen, offers proof they do exist with Architectural Artifacts, an 80,000-square-foot shrine to the bounty he’s amassed on his travels.

Visitors can lose an entire afternoon wandering the aisles within the massive space, choosing from a $1,850 zebra skin drum or a French carousel rooster (it’s a two-seater!) for $7,800. Even if you’re not in the market to buy, it’s a fascinating trip—also housed in the newly renovated building is the Museum of Historic Chicago Architecture with gems from requisite greats Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and more. And not only do you not have to shop, you can get away with not spending a dime—Architectural Artifacts is entirely free of charge for anyone who wants to walk in.