The River North area is home to some of Chicago's best art galleries, furniture dealers, restaurants, nightlife and boutiques. Lissa (750 N. Franklin St), a chic boutique located in the gallery district, is no exception.

What makes this Chicago shopping destination unique? Owner, Melissa "Lissa" Shipley, ensures that the store maintains a specific focus on emerging designers, both domestic and international. In many cases, Lissa is the only boutique in Chicago carrying some of the brands that you will encounter there. Beyond their up-and-coming status, the designers showcased in Lissa, possess an edgy and modern aesthetic. Bold prints, asymmetric cuts, mixed media and texture are just a few of the garment characteristics you will find throughout the store. And with quality fabrics and impeccable construction,  the sometimes-hefty price tag is completely justified.

Style trendsetters will feel right at home here. However, even those who are looking to simply ramp up their look will appreciate Melissa's discerning eye for finding clothing and accessories that are fashion-forward yet completely wearable.  Whether you're buying one statement piece or an entire outfit, mixing it in with your existing wardrobe will be a breeze.

Mandy Coon, Rodebjer and Kaal E Suktae are just a few of the designers you will find along the walls of the clean, minimalistic store layout. So, even if you don't make a purchase, you will leave Lissa with a heightened appreciation for the art of fashion. That, in itself, makes it worth a visit.

Looking to lessen the dent to your wallet? Visit Lissa and mention "Lucky Magazine"  to receive a 30% discount on anything in the store (ends October 31, 2011). A pretty sweet deal, in my opinion.