I remember calling my friends when I was younger – we’d plan our outfits and wear the same cheesy Gap sweater to the football game, complete with matching bows in our hair. Ah, those were simpler times. Now, answering the door to see your friend rocking the same dress equals disaster.
“Noooo! We cannot show up at a party wearing the same thing!!”
One of the reasons that I like traveling so much is because I love finding the out-of-the-way boutiques with totally unique clothing and accessories. An absolute favorite is Pandora’s Box in Martha’s Vineyard. I was elated, yet surprised to find great boutiques in Rochester, Richmond and New Orleans. I justify my purchases because not only will they will remind me of my trip, but also because I can feel confident wearing something as unique as I am.
Chicago is a magical city filled with endless options for fashion and beauty – trunk shows, fashion shows, beauty events and shopping. It is girly girl nirvana. Here is a list of my favorite Chicago boutiques. Enjoy!
RR1 is a hidden gem, housed in a narrow, wood-paneled pharmacy established in the thirties. What you should look for here: clever gifts, original jewelry and decorative items for the home.
814 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (312) 421-9079
This Wicker Park boutique is tucked behind Damen Avenue on a cobblestone street – you will find contemporary women’s samples and overstock at seriously discounted prices: 40% - 90%.
2016 W Concord Place
Chicago, IL 60647
P: (773) 276-0905
Looking for the perfect dress for a date Friday night? You’ll find it here. Hubba Hubba addicts keep coming back because of the reasonable prices and darling clothing (romantic to classic.) 3309 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
P: (773) 477-1412
Owner, Amy Lechelt-Basta offers an impressive range of versatile clothing for the well-travelled individual.
3829 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
P: (773) 388-2201
You will find some extraordinary jewelry in this Evanston shop. It is well-worth the trip to E-town.
801 Dempster St
Evanston, IL 60201
P: (847) 475-8665
Some non-clothing boutiques you should check out:
A New Leaf