Recycled Modern Opens ‘Flagship’ Store In Harper Court, Bringing Home Decor And Rising Artists To Hyde Park


HYDE PARK – A vintage furniture, art gallery and events space is now open in Hyde Park’s Harper Court as its owner aims to establish the store as a hub for creatives on the South Side.

Modern Recycled5231 S. Harper Court, sells refinished furniture, home decor, artwork and accessories selected by Kenwood resident owner Shari Currie.

Currie sells items she connects with personally, such as a white sofa painted with a repeating Black Lives Matter pattern, hand-stitched cushions from the Reformed School, and works by creatives like the photographer Clifton HenriJamie Cooper artist and painter Antonio Olusinashe said.

“I want you to have that experience of walking into your own home,” Currie said. “I want you to bring these pieces into your home and look at them and go, ‘Hey, I got these from Recycled Modern.'”

The Hyde Park shop is open 12-18.30 Thursday to Friday and 12-17.00 Saturday to Sunday. Tuesdays are by appointment only.

A successful first year in Hyde Park would mean “everyone has an artwork or piece of furniture from this space,” said Currie.

Recycled Modern will also host frequent events, such as the store’s soft opening on November 5, where visitors will be able to commission “Ugly Portraits” from the artist EWRKS and music by DJ Zaza.

“I’m bringing this whole shopping experience where you feel at home and don’t want to leave; you have a cocktail and a mimosa and you’re vibrating with the community and the artists in a different way,” Currie said. “It’s huge for Recycled Modern and very basic.”

The shop will be hosting a Christmas Art Sale from 1.30pm to 5pm on Saturday, which serves as an afterparty for the Hyde Park Holly-Day festivalCurrie said. EWRKS will be back for commissioned portraits at the event.

“There are always performers here, and it’s always a good atmosphere,” Currie said of Saturday’s event.

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Shari Currie discusses the art featured in Recycled Modern’s Hyde Park location, including pieces by Martha Wade, Casey Stanberry, David Ellis — also known as Ewrks — and Ciera C. Currie wears earrings by jewelry and accessories company Found Objects, also It is out of Modern Recycled.
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Local creator art, home decor and furniture on display at Recycled Modern in Hyde Park.

The Hyde Park store is the second location of Recycled Modern. Currie opened its first store in 2018 at 1152 W. Diversey Parkway in Lakeview.

The company’s concept stems from Currie’s love of vintage shopping, which she discovered through a “grief process” while healing growing up traumas on the South Side, she said.

“I actually didn’t like saving when I was younger, because it was a need – it wasn’t fun, it was more out of necessity,” Currie said. “It was this grieving transition how I grew up in Englewood and not really appreciating the neighborhood as much as I wanted to.”

Though Currie has come to appreciate thrift, Chicago lacked vintage stores where “it felt like I was at home,” she said. With the help of a mentor, she worked to fill that gap by selling in pop-ups throughout Chicago before opening the physical store in Lakeview.

One such stop was at the Hyde Park flea market at Harper Court in 2018, where Currie was selling from a booth directly opposite the shop she would move into several years later.

The Harper Court store “was available, so I saw it and I’m like, I can’t not get it,” Currie said. “It was kind of divine. I was out the front of this space when I started.”

The South Side store takes over from the Lakeview location as the company’s flagship for home decor and furnishings, Currie said. He plans to continue a gradual process of transforming the North Side store into an art gallery with a small dedicated space for furniture, she said.

The Lakeview store “will look very different than this basic, flagship store [in Hyde Park] it looks like — it’s definitely gallery-centric,” Currie said.

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