Robust Resale: Crossroads Trading Co. Expands in Lincoln Park

-Vintage, Lakeview, Lincoln Park No Comments »

A new and improved Crossroads Trading Co. is open for business on the 2700 block of North Clark Street in Lincoln Park.

“The neighborhood is picking up now, and word of mouth about the store has spread. We’ve been in this location for about six years now, and have built a customer base over those years,” says Jessica Blythe, the store manager. “The space next to us had been open for about a year, so we decided to go for it.”

The store purchased that space next door, previously an eyeglasses retailer, knocked down the wall and moved in, nearly doubling their floor space. A more spacious, breathable shopping experience has now replaced the crowded racks and elbow-to-elbow shopping experience that the store used to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

Open For Business: Green Goddess Boutique

*New Boutiques, -Accessories, -Womenswear, Chicago Boutiques, Green, Lincoln Park No Comments »

For all who dream of carrying around old bus seats all day, let your wishes be granted. Well, not whole bus seats—just parts of them. An odd dream, but at Green Goddess Boutique, even the strangest dreams come true. At Green Goddess, which opened at 1009 West Armitage on April 1 (another location is in Hinsdale), recycled and repurposed items yield fashionable goods that often come from unusual places.

These oddly rooted items include handbags made of recycled bus seats from the Argentinean brand Viva Zapata!, but it doesn’t stop there. There are portfolios made with recycled billboards so that they can survive any weather, floor mats made of recycled candy wrappers, light fixtures made out of mason jars—and this is just the beginning. Read the rest of this entry »

Solemates

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lincoln Park No Comments »

2708 N. Halsted, (773)327-7782, solemateschicago.com
Goods: Men’s and women’s clothing, sneakers and accessories. Designers: Sir & Madame, Public School, The Brooklyn Circus, Cheap Monday, WeSC, Nike and Air Jordan. Read the rest of this entry »

Crossroads Trading Co.

*The Nationals, -Accessories, -Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Bucktown, Evanston, Lincoln Park No Comments »

1519 N. Milwaukee, (773)227-5300, 2711 N. Clark, (773)296-1000, 1730 Sherman, Evanston, (847)492-9400 crossroadstrading.com
Goods: Men’s and women’s gently used apparel, shoes and accessories. Designers: Marc Jacobs, Diesel, Express, Nine West, etc.—the stores stock all types of brands, as long as they’re contemporary and in good shape. Read the rest of this entry »

Hanig’s Footwear

-Mens Shoes, -Women's Shoes, Evanston, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park No Comments »

Hanig’s Slipper Box, 2754 N. Clark, (773)248-1977, Hanig’s Footwear, 847 W. Armitage, (773)929-5568, 875 N. Michigan, (312)787-6800, 1627 Sherman, Evanston, (847)864-3268, hanigs.com [ratings]
Goods: Men’s and women’s shoes. Designers: Wolky, Ecco, Kenneth Cole, Merrell, Mephisto, Johnston & Murphy, Keen, Naot. Owner: Serving Chicago since 1944, Hanig’s is owned by Peter Hanig, son of founders Irv and “Billie.” Vibe: Extremely well-lit and roomy, with plenty of seats for shoe sampling, and an overall all-American appeal. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Comfortably chic. While all the shoes are designed with function in mind, fashionable details are incorporated into the designs. Shopper’s Perks: Service—with plenty of friendly staff members around, you’ll be taken care of from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Comfort also tops the bill, and your feet won’t be able to thank you enough.

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UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Le Dress c’est chic

*New Boutiques, Designers, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

Daily Candy reports on the new dress-only boutique in Wicker Park, Le Dress. Chicago magazine’s Sales Check has also weighed in. We’re curious about the use of the masculine “le” instead of the feminine “la”…

Art Effect

-Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lincoln Park No Comments »

934 W. Armitage, (773)929-3600, shoparteffect.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing for women, jewelry, hair accessories, shoes, purses, wallets, home accents, bath and body products and gifts. Designers: Billy Blues, Michael Stars; jewelry by Alexis Bittar, Jeanine Payer and Saundra Messinger. Owner: Esther Fishman opened Art Effect twenty-five years ago as an outpost for “wearable art.” Vibe: The shop has evolved into a modern-day general store, selling everything from jeans and cowboy boots to espresso machines and knitting kits. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: All dressed up with lots of trendy places to go. Shopper’s Perks: A t-shirt club that gets you the thirteenth free. The shop’s price point range allows something for everyone.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Untitled

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village 1 Comment »

2707 N. Clark, (773)404-9225; 1941 W. North, (773)342-0500 [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Designers: Chrome, Public School, Quicksilver, Shades of Greige, Nikita, Penfield, Commune, Ambiguous, RVCA, Fred Perry, Cheap Monday, Naked & Famous, Bench, Freshjive, Evisu, Prps, Fornarina, J. Lindeberg, Diesel, Stussy, WeSC, Chip & Pepper, Nudie Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Penguin, Miss Sixty and Obey for clothes. Owners: Candise and Luke Cho opened the shop nearly twenty years ago, giving it the name Untitled in reference to the evolving nature of art and fashion. Vibe: With skinny jeans and mini-skirts by the dozen, there’s an air of “cool” wafting through the shop. Things stay upbeat with a smiling sales staff. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Fashion-minded hipster with the disposable income to stock up on perfectly tattered pants. Shopper’s Perks: A wide array of denim features more than twenty-five brands.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Underthings

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804 W. Webster, (773)472-9291 [ratings]
Goods: Pajamas, robes, chemises, nightgowns, camisoles, bachelorette gifts and, well, under-things. Designers: Hanky Panky, Eberjey, Natori, Elle Macpherson and Flirt. Owner: After working as a manager under the previous owner, Maria Ashby rose through the lingerie ranks and now owns the shop. Vibe: The small, light-flooded space sparkles with friendly staff and pretty pieces. Cherry cabinets display one of each item. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Comfortable and chic. Shopper’s Perks: With more than twenty-five years of bra-fitting experience, Maria Ashby is a master at her craft; nobody leaves her shop sagging or stifled. Another Perk: Subscriptions to the Underthings Panty Club and the Hanky Panky club make great gifts. Customers can sign up for six- or twelve-month subscriptions and expect a panty the first week of every month.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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Panache

-Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lincoln Park No Comments »

2252 N. Clark, (773)477-4537, panachechicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing and accessories for women. Designers: Chan Luu, Bailey 44, Equestrian, Sarah Pacini. Owner: Lynne Barnett’s boutique has been a Lincoln Park staple for twenty-five years. Vibe: Detailed silver molding around the doors and mirrors is elegantly classic, while modern touches—like a leopard-print blanket on an ottoman—bring a contemporary vibe. Clothing and accessories decorate the room in a delightfully cluttered manner, inspiring new pairing and wardrobe ideas. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Panache is filled with clothing that is working-woman chic, and mixes modern trends with classic must-haves. Shoppers here are always tailored and appropriate (but decked with fun accessories), and can move from work to dinner to home and look classy the whole way. Shopper’s Perks: In impossible-to-park Lincoln Park, Panache provides one-stop shopping. You’ll find outfits here that are perfect for everything from work to play to wedding.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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