Merz Apothecary

4716 N Lincoln Ave Chicago

Amy Bizzarri
Written By Amy Bizzarri

Peter Merz, a Chicago pharmacist of Swiss descent, was riding the rising tide of the retail drug industry when he opened his Lincoln Square apothecary way back in 1875. Catering to European, newly-immigrated clientele, Merz was fluent in several languages and was known to concoct familiar, old-world remedies, making Merz a go-to place for unconventional medical advice and at times, neighborhood gossip. Peer inside the leaded glass windows and you'll spot all the hallmarks of a classic apothecary from days gone by tin ceilings, solid oak cabinets stocked with antique pharmacy jars and herb containers, and comfy leather chairs that make the prescription wait easier on the soul. The elegant wooden shelves are stocked with over 13,000 herbal tea remedies, natural supplements, a huge selection of hard-to-find European body and bath products, essential oil based perfumes, traditional shaving equipment, beard care products and more, plus a well-trained staff eager to match you with the products that will work best for you. Merz also carries the largest collection of natural and luxury soaps from around the world under one roof, The staff today collectively speaks seven languages, and just like yesteryear, dishes out alternative medical and unscripted life advice to a new clientele, including newly-arrived immigrants looking for familiar, natural remedies that you can't find at your standard retail drug store. Prepare to be intoxicated by the smell of essential oils and herbal remedies, a true healing salve for the soul.

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