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Away from the Magnificent Mile’s undeniably impressive collection of the world’s leading department stores and recognizable luxury brands, Chicago has many unique women’s boutiques selling everything from quirky vintage to upscale fashion, all in equally elegant spaces. Stocking cool, contemporary designers from across the globe and run by some of the city’s most stylish people, these are the destinations to remember the next time you need a new outfit (or even if you don’t!).
Staying with vintage on North Milwaukee, Una Mae’s has a range of affordable, vintage women’s clothing and accessories (and men’s too) alongside the coolest contemporary brands. The ground floor selection is chic and stylish, while the second floor is one of the best places in the city to find a unique vintage piece. Known for their extensive jewelry range, they’ve also expanded with a home and apothecary section, selling quality bath and body products, and more.
1528 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 276-7002
Another high-end boutique named for its founder and owner, Robin Richman in Bucktown may look relatively low-key from the outside, but inside it has a decor as stylish as the products for sale, with its clothing and accessories displayed among pieces of art in a minimalist, gallery style. Stocking expensive one-of-a-kind pieces from exclusive designers might mean high prices, but the staff is warm and friendly to all.
2108 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 278-6150
Further along Damen, p.45 has been a fixture in Bucktown since Tricia Tunstall opened it in 1997 as one of the first boutiques in the emerging neighborhood. It has since been featured in Vogue, Elle, and Glamour, and although it predates most of its contemporaries, it often remains one step ahead with an eclectic range featuring Chicago designers Sarah McGuire and Anna Brown, among many others. Everything here is presented in an elegant, minimalist space, and the staff is famously welcoming and helpful.
1643 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 862 4523