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Best Boutiques In Chicago

October 6, 2010 3:55 AM

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Fact is, visiting boutiques can be a hit or a miss. But Chicago’s boutiques are continuously emerging and evolving. Below is an eclectic mix of new and long-standing boutiques sure to appeal to a variety of male and female shoppers. Check out this list for you affirming or discovering pleasures. - Renita S. Manley-Garrett

Local Look Book

1211 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-7421
www.locallookbook.com

The Local Look Book, located in Lincoln Park, is a stylish boutique and showroom that sells and displays local Chicago designers only. With styles ranging from innovative to classic, punk to evening wear, their goal is to showcase the fabulous and the sometimes forgotten talented local designers. The Local Look Book welcomes any fashion enthusiast to browse their designs in an effort to support and cultivate the fashion culture here in Chicago.

Ava Black

5135 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-7343
www.shopavablack.com

The moment you step foot into Andersonville’s Ava Black, you’ll think you’ve wondered into another upscale boutique. But, upon further examination, anyone will be pleased with their very affordable, comfortable, and contemporary clothing. The appealing selection of attire for men and women offers solid, modern wardrobe staples. Ava Black’s newest women’s wear only location recently opened in the Water Tower Place.

Bonnie & Clyde

1751 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-2680
www.bonnieandclydes.com

Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park, Bonnie and Clyde’s ominously chic boutique boasts a great selection of men’s and women’s wear with a European feel. The juxtaposition of the brightly lit clothing against the dark interior design of the boutique causes the pieces to display like a work of art. Their clothes appeal to those desiring to be authentically atypical, yet stylish. This boutique carries designs by Project Runway’s Jeffrey Sebelia , Christian Siriano, and other designers as such, which makes Bonnie & Clyde the “antithesis to mundane fashion.”

Robin Richman

2108 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-6150
www.robinrichman.com

Robin Richman has long been synonymous with simple extravagance. Minimalist in style and décor, Robin’s boutique is full of well-edited designs. The structured pieces inside Robin Richman are meant to exalt international aesthetic fashions. This boutique has carried designs from German designer Anett Rostel, M. Kyoko, and you’ll even find attention-grabbing hand-made items by Robin.

Anastasia Chatzka

1740 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
www.anastasiachatzka.com

Anastasia Chatzka is the talented designer of all the clothes filling the racks at this small, hidden gem in Wicker Park. While other boutique owners use vibrant paint colors and décor to add more life to their boutiques, Anastasia 50’s influenced, vibrantly colored designs are nestled against plain white walls. The array of fabrics, lace, and ruffles is enough to make anyone entering this store feel euphoric.

Sara Jane

1343 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 335-1962
www.shopsarajane.com

This Old Town boutique is especially for the woman whose style is casually romantic or mid-western chic. This relaxed boutique allows customers to have an easy going shopping experience and the amusing staff is always ready to assist. Sara Jane possesses a generous amount of adorable dresses (including soft, elegant designs by Hollywood favorite Akiko), whimsical blouses, and fun accessories.

Futurgarb

1359 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 276-1450
www.futurgarb.com

Both mother and daughter, or father and son, can enjoy the hip threads at Bucktown’s Futurgarb. This large boutique has items for everyone with varying styles and taste. Clothing at Futuregarb range from romantic to punk and hip-hop to vintage inspired. Loads of accessories, including a massive collection of traditionally styled fedora hats and 70’s inspired wallets are available at the wide-ranging, stylish, and affordable Futurgarb.

Clever Alice

1920 North Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-2444
www.cleveralice.com

A sophisticated fusion of The Gap and Arden B, Cleaver Alice, located near Chicago’s Bucktown area, showcases international and eco-chic designs. The pieces in Clever Alice are understated. However, upon further scrutiny, you notice they are cleverly detailed and thus, Clever Alice, a boutique that exudes casual sophistication with edge, is a must visit.

M2 Boutique

3527 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-9866
www.mboutiquechicago.com

Calling all girls!!! This overtly feminine boutique makes no secret about its passion for all things girly. M2 Boutiques takes pride in helping build confidence in women through their usage of fashion. All items in this boutique are hip, up-to-date, or classically inspired, making it appealing to women from all lifestyles of all ages. Their impressive collection of handbags and accessories help make this trendy boutique particularly convenient.

Squasht by Les

2556 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-4123
www.squashtbyles.com

Lesley Timpe, the owner of this new and delightful boutique in Ukrainian Village, is the designer of many of the items she carries. Reversible Bella Sweater Knits hats and 100% Organic soy cotton dresses are an example of what’s available at this pleasant boutique. Hence, Squasht by Les is best suited for the stylish woman with a more quirky, unpretentious, and sensible taste in fashion.

Renita S. Manley-Garrett is a Chicago and Chicago-land based Image/Wardrobe Consultant and the owner of Revamped Image Consulting. She specializes in personal shopping, styling, and offers a variety of image and wardrobe based services. Visit her website at www.revampedimageconsulting.com.

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