Chicago Designers Dish On Their Top Spots To Stay, Shop + Dine


Chicago-area designers and Luxe Next In Design 99 honorees Elizabeth Stamos, Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto give us a peek into their regional black book, from favorite coffee spots to chic boutiques.

Elizabeth Stamos


Portrait of designer Elizabeth Stamos leaning against a wall in a stripped paper and next to a small table covered with a pink patterned cloth.

Photo: Nicole Carrow Photography

As principal of Elizabeth Stamos Design, Stamos is always looking to curate and narrow down the best sources for her clients. These women-owned businesses are just a few of the places that speak to the Luxe Next In Design 99 talent’s taste.

“Laughlin Gallery in Highland Park makes art approachable and fun. Owner Lauren Laughlin has amazing taste and is always supportive of local artists. Over in Winnetka, Towne & Oak is a delicious local coffee spot. Elaina Vazquez, the owner, and her staff make everyone feel welcome, and their food is always beautifully plated. Just next door is Arch, where Laura White has some beautiful furniture pieces, great seasonal accessories and art as well as her own boutique line of candles, skincare and honey harvested on her family’s farm. Redefined Décor in Chicago has long been a favorite antique store to hunt for treasures. They have vendors with a variety of tastes, so there are many different eras and styles from which to choose.”

Renee DiSanto & Christina Samatas


Designers Renee DiSanto and Christina Samatas posing against a floral patterned wallpaper

Photo: Jami Vandewoestyne Photography

Having opened their own showroom complete with a cocktail lounge in Glen Ellyn, the design duo behind Park & Oak knows a thing or two about shopping and dining in and around Chicago. Read on for the Luxe Next In Design 99 honorees’ favorite spots.

“Up in Lake Forest, Deerpath Inn is a lovely spot for tea and brunch. Summers on the patio are also great—it feels like being whisked away to the English countryside. From the inn you can stroll over to Market Square for charming shops and open-air markets. If you are a Chicagoan who loves design or fashion, dining at RL is such a treat. We especially love sitting by the fire with a cocktail in the winter as a cozy respite from shopping in the Chicago cold. Just a few blocks away is Space 519. Owners Lance Lawson and Jimmy Wetzel have impeccable taste and style and have poured it into this chic boutique for women’s clothing and gifts. You can also have lunch or brunch there, making it a great midday stop.”

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