Chicago Shopping Guide

Chicago Shopping Guide

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Whether you're looking for the best bookstores, clothing stores or wanting to buy some great gifts, Chicago's new shops (and old ones, too) have you covered. Happy shopping!

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    Art Effect in Lincoln Park has made sure the wardrobes of Chicago's trendiest women have been coming up roses for over 27 years - and the shop has still got it. Shop nearly everything you could need from maxi dresses and cardigans to pendants and bangles, sunglasses and home accessories.
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    Coming out if the era of when they were calling themselves Una Mae's Freak Boutique, the shop has seen the change in the neighborhood and who has been shopping lately and really catered to that. Still with an edge, the store is more grown up seeking easier (but still edgy) brands and has a fantastic femme eye for pattern and cut.
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    This newcomer to Wicker Park stocks nearly 50 labels from American Retro to Show Me Your Mumu. Owner Susie Lee has chosen Korean beauty products and frocks from Australia, jewelry from the U.S. and Japanese strawberry-shaped hair curlers. In all, the curated offerings are completely unique from another and diverse.
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    One of Chicago's retail treasures, Labrabbit is where the stylish set head for one of a kind contemporary and vintage refurbished frames. Coyote and his crew make the cut for the Indie 38 because of the story of starting a business with soul from the sidewalks up.
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    Spearheaded by The West Town Chamber of Commerce and Angela Finney-Hoffman formerly of Post 27, in their 4th year the west side fest will attract about 40 local design shops and designers from across the city for a weekend smash-hit of high design, low design, home design, tunes and food.
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    Evelyn Daitchman, owner of Axis of Evelyn is Chicago's premier vintage stylist and vintage clothing and accessory vendor. Her new venture, Open Secret Studios, where her collections housed is aiming to be one of the premier venues for cultural projects in the next few years.
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    Modern Cooperative, after celebrating its one year anniversary (see shop dog Joplin dressed up for the party) is growing an assortment of curated, fine vintage furniture including tables, credenzas, shelving, seating and lighting and furniture with smattering of pieces by local artists.
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    “At some point in your life, you want something that feels authentic — something that speaks to you.” This was the mantra that drives P.O.S.H. to find some of the most unique entertaining accessories known over the world. Sourced locally and internationally through estate sales and French flea markets, through local and internationally recognized vendors of contemporary goods, P.O.S.H. assembles it all to create a look and a shopping atmosphere that is world-class.
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    If there were a shop known for consistency in one of the coolest buildings in Chicago, this, ladies & gentlemen, is it. Celebrating 6 years in 2013, owner Michael Blossom and his team of scandalous ladies are responsible for bringing The Loop some of the most comfortable and wearable lines of clothing around. Next door is Florodora Shoes which in turn completes the outfit with a unique vintage vibe. The store is known for their Friday trunk shows, and semi annual Scandal Sale.
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    After seven years in its Andersonville space, Mr. & Mrs. DIGZ recently celebrated its grand re-opening in Ravenswood's iconic clock tower building. The new 800-square-foot loft space will still offer merchandise that caters to both women and men, with a mix of new clothing, luxury designer consignment and handmade goods by more than 50 local designers. Pop in to browse Tuesday through Saturday, or make your own private shopping appointment anytime for a truly customized experience.   
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    While this newly opened Pilsen bookstore focuses on selling new and used titles, the true driving force behind this charming, no-frills shop is to help support local neighborhood schools, promoting literacy by supplying teachers and students with books. As far as the inventory goes, book lovers will be especially delighted in the shop's selection of rare books (you can also browse online), including vintage copies of Poems of Emily Dickinson and The Jungle Book, in addition to new titles. 
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    This cool shop stocks top brands with a focus on commuter and lifestyle products and bikes.
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