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West Loop

Abandoned warehouses and long-shuttered meatpacking plants give this up-and-coming shopping district a measure of romantic toughness.

Bess & Loie

An under-the-radar resource for bags by small labels like Hayden-Harnett and Carrie Valentine.
1015 W. Lake St., 312-226-2247

Products: Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Koros Art + Style

Deliberately offbeat; denim is displayed in a bank of porcelain sinks (procured from a shuttered monastery) and a centuries-old altar serves as the register area. Other lines include Ports 1961 and Clu.
1019 W. Lake St., 312-738-0155

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

Ouest

Specializes in Gallic favorites, like Sonia Rykiel and Paul & Joe, and has a fanciful Frenchified look (bistro-tile floors, gilded wallpaper, peacock-feather-filled vases).
1063 W. Madison St., 312-421-2799, shopouest.com

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