Belmont Army

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Vintage, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lakeview, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

855 W. Belmont, (773)549-1038; 1318 N. Milwaukee, (773)384-8448, belmontarmy.com [ratings]
Goods: New and vintage clothing and shoes for men and women. Designers: Ben Sherman, BB Dakota, Nice Collective, B. Son, Common Projects, Cheap Monday, Fiber & Fellow, Frye, Nike, Converse, Vans, Gravis, New Balance, Shades of Greige, Schmoove, Insight, Levi’s Capital E, Lifetime Collective. Owners: Chang Yoo, Tae Yoo, Tony Lee and Craig Scholla moved the legendary Belmont store over to the West Side when the Brown Line expansion forced the closing of the original location. They’ve reopened on Belmont as well, near the original spot. Vibe: The upstairs stock is completely new, while the vintage goods are in the basement. The clothing (yes, even the vintage) is neatly arranged and the staff is completely hands-off (unless you need them, of course), which makes for a totally no-pressure shopping experience. Price Range: Inexpensive-Expensive. The Look: Trendy hipster upstairs, thrift-store devotee downstairs. The person who shops on both floors has a personal style that is completely their own, and thrives on blending pieces to create a unique look. Shopper’s Perks: Massive amounts of both new and used clothing in one location. Perfect for fashionable friends with dueling shopping styles.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

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-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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Penelope’s

-Menswear, -Womenswear, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village 1 Comment »

1913 W. Division, (773)395-2351, shoppenelopes.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing and accessories for men and women, home items. Designers: Women’s clothing is by Built by Wendy, Sessun, American Retro; men’s designers include Our Legacy, Shades of Greige and Dunderdon; men and women can both stock up on pieces from Cheap Monday, Spiewak, A.P.C. Owners: Husband-and-wife team Joe Lauer and Jena Frey opened Penelope’s in 2002. Vibe: The store is flooded with cheery, retro touches: look for sunny-sky-blue walls and colorful-as-a-box-of-crayons merchandise. Also check out home items and stationery like millimeter/milligram from South Korea. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Hipster with a sunny outlook. Clean lines, spunky prints, a splash of vintage and a dash of cheek. Shopper’s Perks: Hang out with the two in-house pugs, Penelope and Olive.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Penelope’s

Una Mae’s Freak Boutique

-Mens Shoes, -Menswear, -Vintage, -Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Bucktown, Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village No Comments »

1528 N. Milwaukee, (773) 276-7002 [ratings]
Goods: New and vintage clothing, jewelry and shoes for men and women. Designers: Insight, Zuriick, Penfield, Blank, Tulle, Gentle Fawn, Shades of Greige, Lifetime Collective. Owner: Nancy Becker expanded this Wicker Park staple to bigger, better digs. Vibe: Head shop goes upscale and elegant. Staff is willfully quirky. Price Range: Moderate The Look: Fit for the aspiring Jane Birkin. Shopper’s Perks: A friendly, non-abrasive shopping experience.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Una Mae’s Freak Boutique


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