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About Us


The shop which celebrates themes of Old Russia


Our family-owned gift shop came into being over 45 years ago, and we've operated our online store since 2002.

We began our Russian gift shop and mail-order business in 1972. Word of our existence grew steadily and now we've become well known throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, Australia and Asia. We attribute our longevity to the blending of our first-hand knowledge of all things Russian with an American connoisseur perspective and business expertise.

We offer Russian gifts such as Lomonosov "Cobalt Net" porcelain, traditional "matryoshka" nesting dolls, miniature painting on lacquer boxes, fine filigree tea glass holders, Orthodox icons and crosses. We have collector's items and reproductions of Imperial "objet d'art," and items on the theme of the Russian wolfhound (borzoi); we also have an interesting selection of books and beautiful note cards;  and much, much more. We've been on the world-wide web since 1995 doing our own web design and photography. We keep our website well up-to-date, and well stocked - and we can honestly say there's something new at nearly everyday!
Christmas at the Russian Shop

We are often asked, "Why is the shop also known as Maison Russe?" There are a couple of reasons. When we first opened the shop Leonid Brezhnev was the head of Communist Russia. The cold war climate made it necessary to come up with a discreet sounding name, something that wouldn't be a "red flag" (no pun intended). We chose Maison Russe primarily for this reason. Another reason for the name choice was that French was the language embraced by the royal courts of Europe, which included the Russian court. Maison Russe is French for "Russian House." Our shop is in picturesque Lisle, Illinois, 20 miles west of Chicago. It's come to be known as The Russian Shop as well as Maison Russe

We hope you'll enjoy browsing our website.

There's a lot to see!

Thank you for your interest,
The Shukin Family


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Drop in!! We are located 20 miles west of downtown Chicago in picturesque Lisle, Illinois, with the beautiful Morton Arboretum just five minutes away. The Russian Gift Shop is conveniently located to both the East-West Tollway (I-88) and the North-South Tollway (I-355). The intersection of Route 53 and Route 34 is only 1/4 mile east of the shop. The shop is on the northeast corner of Devon and Ogden (Rt. 34) in a big yellow house, across from the Bavarian Lodge, a very popular restaurant.
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Shop Hours


Passport Europe Festival - Morton Arboretum 
An Exhibition of Russian Culture and Art 
Newspaper Clippings, Old and New!
We're on TV - Wild Chicago, 1999

4 fun, original short films:
Russian Dance
Dance of the Wooden Dolls
One Minute Russian Glossary
How to make Russian tea

Our eBay Store (this link will open a new browser window or tab)

The links below will open new browser windows or tabs to a few of our favorite websites.

St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Church
Protection of the Mother of God Church, Rochester, NY
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - ROCOR
Russian Orthodox Church Music
Homeschool Journey
St. Kassiani Press
Iconographer and Tour Director Debra Korluka
A Website of Antique Samovars
Russian Kettlebells - Girya Fitness