Chances are, you’ve been to this museum-like warehouse for a wedding and became captivated by its incredible merchandise. As the name suggests, these curiosities are so much more than just antiques. From furniture and lighting to French Fer Forgé and religious statues, all of the pieces are literally rescued and restored artifacts brought back to their glory days (as best as possible) for your enjoyment. The amazing inventory is spread over 80,000-square-feet on five levels. For a cool $350,000, you can own a piece of Chicago history — a pair of elevator doors from the Adler & Sullivan Chicago Stock Exchange building, which dates back to 1893.
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood (between Cullom and Montrose Avenues); 773-348-0622.
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Antique Center