Thrift Store

Let's pop some tags, everybody. As someone who works in luxury fashion, I'll be the first to tell you that vintage shopping is where it's at, really. You can find designer, classic, quirky, or handmade items in vintage stores, all one-of-a kind. Whatever your fancy, Chicago has a killer vintage scene, and I'm here to help you take advantage of it.

Vintage Underground (1834 W. North Ave.)

This Wicker Park treasure trove is a must-see for vintage lovers, especially for lovers of vintage jewelry (OOH! OOH! ME!). It's pretty much in a basement (hence the underground), and crammed to the brim with beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces. The garments are also great quality - I've been wearing my pick ups for years.

Find: Everything from costume jewelry to home furnishings

Knee Deep (1425 W. 18th St.)

This Pilsen vintage paradise takes pride in the quality and diversity of their products. There are pieces for everyone in this store, along with a large and exciting men's section. Owners Trent and Carlos pride themselves on carefully curating each item they sell. There are items in here for everyone, from your classy hedge firm owner to the retro diva.

Find: A little bit of everything, but the boys are especially spoiled with an enormous menswear collection

Kokorokoko (1323 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Your one-stop shop for all things '80s. The store is also known for having blowout parties where you can score discounts on the vintage finds you fall in love with.

Find: Everything you need to dress like the cast from Saved by the Bell

Very Best Vintage (1919 W. Chicago Ave.)

This spot in the Ukrainian Village blends sass and style for an amazing vintage experience. Well-organized and stocked with lovely product, VBV insures that most of their customers can find the perfect item for them. They also have a wonderful selection of vintage designer pieces from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, and Diane Von Furstenburg. You actually might run into me here. Say, "hi!"

Find: High end fashion items

Lulu's at the Belle Kay (3862 N. Lincoln Avenue)

The vintage dress mecca! This vintage boutique carries an impressive collection of couture gowns and party dresses ranging in eras from the 30's to the 90's. Flattering accessories, near pristine leathers, and furs are also among the many gorgeous items at LuLu's. This vintage boutique is the perfect place for those especially daring women. Their high-end items sell quickly, so make no hesitations when browsing. 

Find: Gowns and vintage dresses

Seek Vintage (1432 W. Chicago Ave.)

This West Town vintage paradise has an amazing amount of product, from classic, timeless pieces, to those with a real old-school vibe. Carrying both Men's and Women's clothing, Seek Vintage has something great for everyone.

Find: Great vintage barwares, pencil skirts and more

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