Chicago Shopping Guide


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Lakeview

Populated by a fun-loving post-collegiate crowd, this unpretentious social enclave is home to laid-back bars and easy, on-trend stores.

Jake

Visit the original location of the hugely popular—and quickly multiplying—Chicago-area chainlet for rising names. (For additional outposts, see Old Town/Gold Coast/River North and Winnetka.)
3740 N. Southport Ave., 773-929-5253, shopjake.com

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

Krista K

Since Krista Kaur Meyers opened shop more than a decade ago, nearly a dozen clothing boutiques have sprung up nearby. Kaur Meyers' light-flooded corner space—a onetime insurance office—has an easy-flow split-level layout: The upper half showcases the latest from indie labels like Karta and Amo & Bretti (plus, new right now, a small selection of footwear); the wares downstairs fall into the more casual, jeans-and-tees camp.
3458 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-1967, kristak.com

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

Tula

Its name is derived from the Greek word for "balance," and that's exactly what mother-daughter team Susan and Laura Westgate seek to achieve with their inviting white-brick and limestone-accented shop. The pair offer clothing that's often imbued with a sense of everyday luxury and is equal parts timeless and of-the-moment—a gold-sequined Alice + Olivia racerback top, a crimson silk Eurythmic dropwaist dress, a versatile Inhabit cashmere sweater coat, or a pair of deftly tailored Crispin & Basilio gabardine trousers.
3738 N. Southport Ave., 773-549-2876

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