Where To Shop In Chicago

Where To Shop In Chicago

Chicago is no slouch when it comes to awesome shopping options. From the swank department stores and luxury flagships of the beloved Magnificent Mile to the discount outlets of the Loop, there’s certainly something for everyone in the Windy City. But as much as we love the easy shopping options of those neighborhoods, there are a few areas whose shops we find especially enchanting: Namely, Wicker Park and Logan Square. With their collective array of sleek boutiques, concept stores, and under-the-radar shopping options, we can’t seem to stop ourselves from bee-lining it to those neighborhoods whenever we find ourselves in the Midwest’s biggest city.

Since Lollapalooza is upon us — we’re guessing you may find yourself in Chi-town with a few extra hours to spare — we thought now would be as good a time as any to share some of our favorite shopping destinations in and around those neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a few easy pieces to supplement your summer festival uniform or something just a wee bit fancier, you’re guaranteed to find it at one of these must-visit Chicago stores:

  • Moon Voyage.Susie Lee, the owner of Moon Voyage in Wicker Park, describes her shop as “edgy New Yorker meets laid-back Californian.” Sure enough, the cactus-accented Pierce Avenue store is stocked with plenty of pieces that any stylish out-of-towner would love: cult Korean beauty products, bohemian babydoll dresses, raw-crystal rings, acid wash denim crop tops, and lots of slouchy jumpsuits. But if the selection of Ace & Jig, Ilana Kohn, American Retro, and Mara Hoffman is meant to call to mind a coastal sensibility, the in-store service is the epitome of good ol’ fashioned Midwestern nice: Lee and her sales associates greet every customer like they’re an old friend, but they never, ever hover.
  • Tusk. Thanks to its quirky assortment and minimalist vibe, this recent addition to the up-and-coming Logan Square neighborhood has quickly become one of the buzziest spots in town — especially among the city’s creative set. Though the shop’s evening- and weekend-only hours may be a little unorthodox — owner Mary Eleanor Wallace still has her day job as a nurse — Tusk is definitely worth a visit. Expect to find a sweet assortment of cheekily printed clothing, accessories, and home goods from local artists, plus an amazing selection of handpicked vintage items. With its impeccable decor made up of pale wood display cubes and bleached-out floors, you’ll definitely want to stay even after you’re done browsing — which is probably fine: The shop often plays hosts to pop-up gallery parties and community arts events, too.
  • Ikram. No wonder Ikram is such a Midwest legend: With its glossy red façade and circular windows, it looks like it’d be more at home in Milan than on Chicago’s tony Gold Coast. You’ll feel that same sense of “pinch me” amazement when you glimpse the selection, which basically reads like a who’s who from the international fashion calendar. Think: ProenzaSchouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, Sacai, and Lanvin — all displayed on headless papiermâché mannequins and accented by one-of-a-kind vintage jewels, of course. Once you’ve scoped out the jaw-dropping selection of Jimmy Choos and ManoloBlahniks, visit Ikram’s on-site gallery before heading to the second floor cafe — it’s likely you’ve worked up an appetite from all that drooling.

It may be hard to believe, but Chicago wasn’t always the shopping mecca it has now become. Sure, department stores and luxury brands were always plentiful, but when it came to out-of-the-box shopping experiences, there wasn’t much to choose from – not until now.


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