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Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukranian Village

Chicago's hipster epicenter is made up of these three adjacent communities, and their many indie shops are strong enough to stand up to their New York and L.A. counterparts.

Eskell

Accented with driftwood chunks and antique postcards touting obscure Midwest locales (the Kankakee County Courthouse, anyone?), this quirky shop—newly relocated from Lincoln Park to Bucktown—serves as a flagship for the popular house clothing line; garments by Judi Rosen and Preloved flesh out the stock.
1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-486-0837, eskell.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Gamma Player

In their global travels as musicians and owners of a dance music label, Jeff Mills and Yoko Uozumi also often come across promising young designers. To give these discoveries stateside exposure, the couple created Gamma Player—the cosmic-sounding name derives from one of Jeff's songs—and kitted it out with an all-black interior and theatrical lights. The darkly elegant garments, which include deconstructed jackets from Parisian Anne Valerie Hash and web-like knits by Copenhagen native Iben Hoj, are the ideal complement to the store's futuristic-catacomb feel.
2035 W. Division St., 773-235-0755

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Grace

This new upscale shoe emporium brims with dressed-up everyday styles by designers like Georgina Goodman, Constança Basto, and Jean-Michel Cazabat. The name of the shop is a nod to owner Kristi Ryan's childhood nickname—she was jokingly called Grace due to her persistent clumsiness—yet the quietly chic, birch-accented space is a faithful interpretation of the word.
1917 N. Damen Ave., 773-384-7223

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Hejfina

When Heiji Choy-Black opened her iconoclastic store—a Lucky favorite—back in 2004, there was nothing like it in town. She took a chance on esoteric, then-unknown lines, and her indie-centric focus has not wavered. This season, look for the debut of Grai, by a former Rick Owens designer, plus pieces from Rachel Comey, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Carin Wester, and Preen.
1529 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-772-0002, hejfina.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Furniture, Tabletop, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Helen Yi

This spot is the definition of understated—serene and gallery-like, with simple white walls and stainless steel racks that seem to float from the floor. The clothing consists of smartly curated modern classics: Sari Gueron midcalf pencil skirts, Nave silk moire shifts, Doo Ri strapless organza dresses, and Derek Lam oversize blazers.
1645 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-3838

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Marc by Marc Jacobs

The Midwest flagship for this wildly popular line just opened in the thick of the North Damen shopping drag.
1714 N. Damen Ave., marcjacobs.com

Products: Denim, Swimwear, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

P.45

To mark its 10th year in business, this Bucktown fixture is planning a renovation to lend its industrial interior a dose of organic warmth. In addition to a physical transformation it's pushing to bring in new labels: Established indies Ya-Ya and Lyell are joined by rising names Lorun and Marlova.
1643 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-4523, p45.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Penelope's

Cheeky vintage-classroom decor—checkerboard tile floors, antique school maps—gives this Wicker Park favorite a certain Wonder Years nostalgia. The clothing is similarly retro-influenced: Classic cuts, clean lines, and quality tailoring turn up in A.P.C. smocks, Built by Wendy jackets, and Spring & Clifton crewneck sweaters.
1913 W. Division Ave., 773-395-2351

Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Robin Richman

Former knitwear designer Robin Richman just reinvented her shop, and the incarnation has an appealing industrial-folkloric mood: Gauzy hand-dyed Gary Graham dresses rest on antique wrought-iron racks and chunky bead necklaces drape from antique glass knobs.
2108 N. Damen Ave., 773-278-6150

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Roslyn

With little fanfare, Roslyn Dulyapaibul debuted her exquisite parlor-like boutique last fall, and it has quickly and quietly become one of the city's most outstanding resources for inspirational, hard-to-find labels. Currently in the stable: Jovovich-Hawk, Louis de Gama, Ben Soni, Nicholas K, and Christensen & Sigersen.
2035 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1311, roslynboutique.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Bags, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique
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