Is it any wonder that Chicago, a city with "chic" in its name, has so many unique boutiques? The surprising part is how much treasure you'll find in these shops on upscale Oak Street and hip neighborhoods like Bucktown/Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.
Score luxurious apparel, jewelry, shoes, and accessories in Oak Street stores like Barney's New York, Lester Lampert, and Hermes Paris. In company with style-setters from around the world, you can shop the latest trends from designers who set the trajectory for fashion.
Relax during your quest for the best at Oak Street spas offering services and pampering beyond your imagination. Refuel at any of a vast array of restaurants in this unparalleled district.
Head a few blocks north to charming, tree-lined Lincoln Park where many shops are in Victorian row houses. On streets with names like Armitage, Halsted, and Webster, you can browse for everything from clothing for men, women, and children to shoes and adornments, home décor, stationery, gifts, and treats for your favorite pet.
Recharge at bars like Kincade's or eateries to suit any taste, from Nookies Too Lincoln Park for casual American food to world-renowned restaurants, and everything in-between.
Don't miss nearby Wicker Park and Bucktown, the eclectic area Vanity Fair pegged "a square mile of sassy boutiques." Scoop up urban trends with fellow hipsters at stores featuring clothes by indie designers or prime vintage picks. Shop independent artisans and makers at the Randolph Street Market Festival in the summertime and at holiday markets.
In this neighborhood, also loaded with unique home and garden wares and one-of-a-kind gifts, you'll find tons of excellent places to eat. Try the Q at Smoke Daddy, comfort food at The Southern Chicago, gourmet Italian at Lucia's Chicago, and delicious dishes and desserts at Mindy's Hot Chocolate.
Wish you had a shopping Sherpa to steer you to hidden gems or places with personal styling or secret steals? Take a Chicago ShopWalk tour of boutiques you won't find anywhere else in the world.