exitWe are already planning our 2011 August trip to Chicago where we love to soak up the Cubs, street festivals, and summer theater on the shores of Lake Michigan . We also like poking around the neighborhoods and interesting shops. Even though she is an ocean away, our mate Sophie is always spotting places for us to try on our next trip to Illinois . Such was the case recently when she turned us on to Urban Remains.

Urban Remains: “With a new showroom, large warehouse and sister store (bldg. 51) located just west of downtown Chicago , Urban Remains deals exclusively in the reclamation and recycling of American antique architectural artifacts found among commercial and industrial buildings or residential structures. Our website collection of over 6,200 recovered artifacts dates between the mid-19th century and the late 1960’s. We do not deal in new or reproduction building materials.”

You know how we love old things lost and found and rediscovered. It looks like Urban Remains is made for us! I can’t wait to check this place out. The website features many cool things, like this 1920’s “exit” sign fixture. Very cool!

Seriously – the stuff here is great – check out the list of things Urban Remains has sold already.