It's one of Chicago's big success stories (the label is sold at some of the best boutiques in the States), so it's no surprise that the Eskell flagship is equally cool: Beyond the beautifully patterned in-house line, there's a great array of nicely priced labels like Minkpink.
A giant oak library counter and antique card catalogs make it feel like a study, appropriate since Greer is exclusively devoted to exquisite stationery, journals and pens.
Helen Yi has been one of Chicago’s fashion pacesetters for nearly a decade, and somehow it's lost none of its edge: Gorgeously tailored Derek Lam blazers mingle with feminine blouses by Barbara Bui.
This subterranean space specializes primarily in vintage jewelry: The expansive selection is well sorted and well priced, which means you can snap up a great turquoise ring for $40.
This newish home goods spot looks like an English countryside antiques shop that's had a run-in with a Native American trading post. Highlights include footstools upholstered in iconic Hudson Bay prints.
A maze-like array of cases, packed with blown-glass vases, enamel Chicago charms and prints from the '60s, makes it easy to spend a whole afternoon here. 6130 N. Broadway St., 773-743-5444, bamchicago.com
Though it's officially situated in the burbs, Chalk has a citified feel. Patchwork Chris Benz skirts hang next to slick black pants (artfully turned out by Olivier Theyskens for Theory).
There's an offbeat vibe here: The wallpaper-wrapped room hosts cool drawings by locals and racks are dotted with pristine vintage picks, like delicately patterned shirtdresses and ballet-hued silk tops.
You don't have to leave the city to get country-house style this summer.From the June 2010 Lucky Chicago newsletter.
The annual Chicago Fashion Incubator program, a city initiative to support emerging designers, has revealed this year's designers in residence. They've chosen six new lines, including these four women's collections.From the May 2010 Lucky Chicago newsletter.