Text and photos by Tate Gunnerson, courtesy of Time Out Chicago
In the early 2000s, Christopher Heitger (pictured, left) and Joe Clauser bought a 1980 Mercedes 280 on eBay, flew to New York City to pick it up and drove the classic car back to Chicago through the snowy Pennsylvania mountains. “We did it for the adventure,” Clauser says. But the move was atypical of the vintage enthusiasts, who insist the majority of the midcentury furnishings in their three-bedroom Rogers Park apartment just sort of fell into place. “We almost never go out looking for a certain item,” Heitger says. “It’s more right place, right time.”
For years, Clauser, a manager at a medical diagnostics lab, and Heitger, who owns an estate-sale company, have enjoyed browsing thrift stores, estate sales and antique shops—usually just for the fun of it.