For the members of our creative design community, interior design inspiration is everywhere — from nature to architecture to food to fashion, there are always those things and places that give us a breath of fresh air and a new perspective. It’s especially easy to find inspiration in Chicago, where beauty and originality truly shine! Chicago interior designers show what places are most inspiring to them around the city. Read on to see the places that top design talent in The Windy City loves most.

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A hidden gem is Gallery19, which features contemporary artwork from emerging and professional artists from the Midwest and beyond. The gallery is located in a new building in Ravenswood along with District, a store that sells vintage and mid century furniture and accessories, and Alapash, a home store full of beautiful imported furniture, carpets, textiles and accessories. Also visit Sfizi Italian Kitchen, Ampersand Wine Bar, and Groundswell Coffee Roasters while you’re there!

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The city of Chicago is an inspiration. The architecture is some of the best in the country, and constantly amazes. From the Cultural Center to The Rookery, this city is a gem of interior design inspiration.

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Robie House is one of Chicago’s most loved places. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a total interior environment for this home, complete with custom built-in furniture and lighting that blend seamlessly with the architecture. His use of a natural palette of color and materials allows for a beauty and ease that provides a more restful place in which to live. Every interior detail relates back to the Prairie style architecture, right down to the custom area rug, and has provided an incredible inspiration, textural warmth through the use of the natural colors and materials.

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If interior design inspiration came in a bottle it would be best served at Cindy’s, the rooftop restaurant at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The hotel has a mix of art deco architecture and mid-century modern furnishings juxtaposed against the futuristic ribbons across Michigan Avenue adorning the Frank Gehry Pavilion. Across the street is the Art Institute of Chicago, a source of inspiration.

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