14 New Chicago Stores Worth Checking Out

This fall, update your wardrobe with key pieces from some of Chicago’s latest and greatest boutiques. Each of these stores has either recently opened or been in business for less than a year. It’s worth a day trip (or two) to the city to check them out!

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Ukranian Village’s newest boutique is also quickly becoming the most popular addition to the neighborhood. You’ll find women’s and men’s clothing as well as handmade jewelry and home goods. Best selling items include Chaser Brand vintage-inspired tees, Level 99 super-soft denim and ByBoe handmade jewelry. The store also becomes an event and gallery space at night. 1948 W. Chicago Ave.

Alice + Olivia  

This top contemporary brand finally has its own store in Chicago, and it couldn’t be more beautiful. Set on Michigan Avenue, you’ll love the bright interiors and the fabulous fashions from dresses to shoes. 919 N. Michigan Ave.

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Ancien Cycles  

Along with a great selection of bikes and biking accessories, this shop also services bikes. The friendly and informative staff has already made this spot a favorite among cyclists. Look for Ancien Cycles’ newest venture, a neighboring restaurant called “Roll Out Cafe,” to open soon. 668 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Another 20 

You’ll find a curated collection of clothing, accessories and home goods from obscure designers like House of Holland and Liberty Garden, along with favorites like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Current Elliott. The boutique is constantly updating their inventory and adding new brands to their rotation. 1041 W. Madison St.

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Frederick Lynn Haberdasshere 

This unique, upscale showroom specializes in hand-tailored apparel for men, women and children. It’s the men’s suiting, though, that’s really got everyone talking. Everything is made to measure and customized from the fabric to the fit. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to experience the luxury brand in person. 9 E. Huron St.

Maje 

Oak Street’s becoming hot again, and Maje is just one of the stylish boutiques to occupy the old Esquire Theater space. While this French clothing line is carried at some department stores, here you can shop the entire women’s collection. Expect the signature, sophisticated fashions the brand is known for. 104 E. Oak St.

Marine Layer 

What started as a T-shirt company has now evolved into a full lines of both men’s and women’s clothing. Hailing from San Francisco, this shop sells a variety of sporty contemporary wear, but it’s the super-soft tees the company is known for that will make you a devotee of the line. 1646 N. Damen Ave.

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Meadowlark 

If vintage is your thing, you’ll love this Humboldt Park gem. No digging through piles either. The edited selection is spaced out neatly and includes quality silks, sweaters, and more. 1107 N. California Ave.

Peruvian Connection 

All of Peruvian Connection’s knit alpaca sweaters are designed and produced in Peru by Annie Hurlbut. Among the fabulous sweaters, you’ll find dresses, jackets and tunics in an array of luxurious fabrics. 925 W. Armitage Ave. 

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Sandro 

This popular Parisian line and sister store to Maje opened it’s first Midwestern freestanding store in January. Fashionable men’s and women’s clothing hang in a modern, sleek space. You’ll find lacy blouses, edgy dresses and awesome suiting. 102 E. Oak St.

Soñador 

Owned by mother-daughter team Gisele and Ari Washington, this contemporary men’s and women’s boutique carries contemporary labels such as J Brand, Moschino, Vince and IRO. 1006 W. Armitage Ave.

Souchi 

It’s likely you’ve seen Suzi Johnson’s designs on your favorite TV show, worn by one of your favorite characters. Lucky for us, Chicago is one of two stores in the U.S. where you’ll find Johnson’s Souchi line. While you definitely must try the exquisite cashmere sweaters that Souchi is known for, the store also sells contemporary labels like Ace & Jig and Enza Costa. 1205 W. Webster Ave.

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Timbuk2

Bucktown’s newest shop is another San Francisco original. Timbuk2 sells their signature messenger bags along with other carryalls like travel bags, laptop bags and backpacks. Even better: Many of the bags can be customized so yours is unlike any other. 1623 N. Damen Ave.

  • Tip: Mention the word “shotwell” to get 20 percent off your first in-store purchase.

Zadig & Voltaire 

Like Sandro and Maje, this line is huge in Europe and now we’re finally getting a free-standing store in Chicago. Referred to as “urban luxe,” you’ll want to snag ultra-cool pieces like a studded cashmere cardigan or leather detailed blazer. 114 E. Oak St.

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