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Trending in Chicago: Holiday Shopping Outside the Mag Mile

Whether you prefer vintage finds or outlet discounts, boutique-y gems or unique home items, everyone has their own holiday shopping habits, and many involve steering clear of downtown shopping crowds. This month, we're rounding up some trending shopper hotspots outside of our famed Magnificent Mile just in time for the madness that is November Holiday Shopping. Grab your bags, Chicagoans, here are this month's trending boutiques, outlet malls, and vintage shops.

Neighborhood Boutiques 

A Little Bit Of This (Lakeview) - A Little Bit Of This is Chicago's only full service monogram boutique, located in the Southport Corridor of Lakeview. Open since 2004, A Little Bit Of This is a great resource for all things personalized - gifts for babies, children, hostesses, teachers, or any family member. Monogrammed gifts are one-of-a-kind gifts that make for thoughtful holiday presents. 1413 W Grace Street, 773-935-3917

CarefulPeach Boutique (Oak Park) - Looking for a smart and stylish home item for a friend or mother-in-law? CarefulPeach specializes in unique household items that are crafted with old world charm and quality craftsmanship. These rare and uncommon gems are as beautiful as they are functional - elegant crystal and tableware, luxurious European linens, handcrafted jewelry, French luxury soaps and much more. Come check some holiday gifts off your list at CarefulPeach. 1024 North Boulevard, Oak Park IL, 708-383-3066 

Sir and Madame (Ukranian Village) - Created by the stylish, dynamic husband-and-wife duo Brian and Autumn Merritt, Sir and Madame is a nostalgic men's and women's clothing boutique, perfect for that ever-difficult gift for your significant other. This boutique offers a fresh perspective on fashion for savvy urbanites, both men and women. 938 N Damen Ave, 773-489-6660

Outlet Malls

Premium Outlets

Chicago Premium Outlets is a bargain hunter heaven come this time of the year. Boasting brands such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew Factory, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Sony. This outlet mall is well worth the 40 minute drive west of the city. Catch a ride here with Windy City Limousine! A shuttle service will take shoppers from Union Station to the outlets on weekends (Fri-Sun) through December 22, departing for the outlets at 8:45 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m. for just $19.99! 1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60502.

Catch a ride! 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago brings together more than 120 of the world's most relevant retail brands, and is anchored by Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Located just a quick drive away in Rosemont (on the way to O'Hare), you'll find the striking Art Initiative throughout the high-end, indoor outlet mall, as well as unparalleled designer deals at the Fashion Outlets that are sure to make anyone on your holiday shopping list happy. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018 

 

Vintage Shopping

Pilsen

Seek Vintage (West Town) - Seek is West Town's old-school darling. The shop is adorable, the staff is incredibly sweet, and the selection is downright impressive. Great vintage barwares, pencil skirts and more for that friend with admirable and quirky style. 1432 West Chicago Avenue (at Bishop Street); 312-526-3164.

Vintage Underground (Wicker Park/Bucktown) - Browsing through the piles of heavy costume jewels at this Wicker Park store feels a lot like rummaging through your rich grandma's basement. Know someone who just moved into a new home? The shop also stocks a handful of more budget-friendly home furnishings. 1834 W. North Avenue, 773 252 4559

Knee Deep (Pilsen) -  Upon walking into Knee Deep, a crazed vintage fanatic would be in awe at the jaw-dropping items hanging from the neatly packed racks. Owners Trent and Carlos pride themselves on being very meticulous and cautious about each item they sell. There are items here for everyone, from your classy hedge fund owner to the retro diva. Fear not! Men are not forgotten and are particularly spoiled with a nice selection of pieces. 1425 West 18th Street, 312-850-2510


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