I have always been facinated with the furnitures from IKEA, from the 1980s while living in Hong Kong. For those who don't know what IKEA is - imagine this - a furniture store the size of a Costco / Sam's Club, selling COOL, STYLISH, EUROPEAN-DESIGN furniture at prices like those you find at WALMART!!!
IKEA is (finally!) expanding (in the MidWest)to open its Minnesota store right by the Mall of America in 2004. This page documents a trip I took in March of 2003 to check out some furnitures to buy - ALL THE WAY IN CHICAGO!