Shop, Shops

Top 10 Chicago Boutiques You Need To Visit

Chicago has it all. From the food to the activities to the shopping. Wait, did someone say shopping?

chicago boutiques

With summer in full bloom, we’re all out and about. What better way to spend a warm day than shopping around the city? We’ve got a list of amazing Chicago independently owned boutiques you need to visit sometime you are in the mood to shop.

Check out the Top 10 Chicago boutiques you need to visit below:

  • Local Goods Chicago: 5354 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
    • This shop offers amazing locally made merchandise and items that advertise Chicago. You can find Abbey Brown Soaps, sweets from Cheshire Cat Confectionery, and crafts from Muggy Tuesday.
  • Milk Handmade: 5137 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
    • This Andersonville shop specializes in handmade goods as well as homemade soaps.
  • Alapash: 1944 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This Ravenswood boutique sells everything you need for your terrarium and even D.I.Y. kits!
  • Transistor: 3819 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This gallery is stocked with goods from 80s artists. There is even a recording space and its own webcast!
  • Belmont Army: 855 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • This 1975 shop has skater gear, trendy fashion clothes and vintage boots! Perfect place to go to when you’re looking for a fun outfit.
  • Heritage General Store: 2959 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • A stunning bike store that features handcrafted bikes in Chicago. There is even a coffee shop and retail store.
  • Virtu: 2035 North Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
    • This cute gift shop offers stocks paper goods, jewelry, kitchen wares, and anything else that fits in a a little bag or box.
  • SIlver Moon: 1721 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This shop is owned by a former rock-star so you know it’s a place to be! Silver Moon features vintage bridal good and accessories from straw hats to cuff-links!
  • Penelope’s: 1913 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This clothing shop has amazing clothing for both men and women. They even have store pugs! Puppies to play with!
  • Open Books: 213 W Institute Pl. Chicago, IL 60610
    • This nonprofit organization gets books through programs, book donations, and more. Who wouldn’t want to donate books and pick another book while they are at it?

Have you ever been to any of these local Chicago boutiques? What did you buy?

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Lifestyle, Shops

How to Spend a Day on Oak Street

Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive, New York has 5th Avenue… and Chicago has Oak Street.

As our city’s premier luxury shopping district, Oak Street is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood and home to numerous luxury fashion brands and establishments. While the actual street is a relatively short, “Oak Street” also designates the surrounding area including Rush Street and Walton Street. Here you’ll find such spots as Agent Provocateur, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Harry Winston, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace and more.

 

Here are 10+ things to do along Oak Street…

 

Petit Margeaux

Begin your morning at Petit Margeaux, a newly-opened French cafe at the lobby level of Waldorf Astoria. Indulge in a pastry or croissant, with coffee, of course. (Petit Margeaux, 11 E. Walton Place)

Athleta

Get your fitness on at Athleta. Check out events and classes at the Oak Street location, as well as a well-stocked collection of activewear and athleisure for sale. (Athleta, 101 E. Oak Street)

Blow by Blow

Refresh at Blow by Blow, a hip salon destination along Oak Street. Pamper your tresses with a blowout or even a color touch-up. (Blow by Blow, 67 E. Oak Street)

Barneys

Head to Barneys, where the department store flagship in Chicago is located at 15 E. Oak. Shop a variety of designer goods, from men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, beauty and home. (Barneys, 15 E. Oak Street)

Cafe Spiaggia

Stop for lunch at Cafe Spiaggia, a local favorite offering Italian fare by a master chef team. The marble-clad interior is stylish and sophisticated, just as you’d expect from the Gold Coast district. (Cafe Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue)

Oak Street Beach

Catch a breath of fresh air and stroll along Oak Street Beach, one of Chicago’s best beaches. It’s an iconic gathering spot, framed by Lake Michigan and the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. (Oak Street Beach)

Fig & Olive

Visit Fig & Olive for happy hour, where you’ll find specialty cocktails, shared plates, crostinis and wine specials from 4-7:00p weekdays. Take a seat at the bar, lounge or reserve a table on the outdoor terrace. (Fig & Olive, 104 E. Oak Street)

Razny Jewelers

Step inside Razny Jewelers to browse a collection of luxury jewelry and watches. Ladies, try on diamonds, and gentlemen: there’s Rolex for you. (Razny Jewelers, 109 E. Oak Street)

Del Frisco’s

Dine at Del Frisco’s, one of Chicago’s best steakhouses. Beyond steak, Del Frisco’s offers seafood and traditional fare — occupying three floors of the historic Esquire Theater on Oak Street. (Del Frisco’s, 58 E. Oak Street)

Waldorf Astoria

Rest at Waldorf Astoria, located steps from the heart of Oak Street. The luxury hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, a signature spa, and fine dining. (Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton Place)

 

How would you spend a day on Oak Street?

 

 

 

Featured cover photo: Jennifer Ibe from Cranberry Tantrums | @cranberrytantrums

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Places, Shop, Shops

T.J. Maxx, BlueMercury to takeover Clark and Diversey with New Retail Development

THIS JUST IN—T.J. Maxx and Bluemercury to move into the vacancy at Clark and Diversey. You may have known it as the Vitamin Shoppe, Starbucks, or the Coconuts video store of the 90’s and early 2000’s, but as of now, the building will be home to discount clothing store T.J. Maxx, leasing 4,800 square feet of the ground floor and the entire 15,800-square-foot second floor.

The current structure at the intersection of Clark Street and Diversey Parkway is noticeably prepared for demolition as retail real estate investor Acadia Realty Trust is set to build a fully-renovated retail building

At first glance, the new building offers a reminiscent, yet modern look to a typically vintage Clark Street. Still, it stays true to a “two-story max” theme that keeps Clark Street distinct from the rest of the rising city.

While T.J. Maxx plans to takeover the second floor, Bluemercury, a cosmetic company and spa chain, will lease about 2,100 square feet on the ground floor, and share the remaining spaces with other tenants.

Demolition is set to last over the next couple of months and, according to an article by the Chicago Tribune, Acadia executive Christopher Conlon slates the building is set for completion sometime in 2018.

As far as the future of the longstanding T.J. Maxx merely blocks away (located above the now neighborhood Walmart), no word has been given.

 

 

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