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ART (Zach Long)
Onward, Illinois! poster by Jay Ryan, $40 at Galerie F

ART (Zach Long) Onward, Illinois! poster by Jay Ryan, $40 at Galerie F

Find the best gifts for kids with our holiday gift guide.

Find the best gifts for kids with our holiday gift guide.

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New shops

Cat and Mouse Game Store

  • Price band: 2/4

After six years of business in Bucktown, the toy store has expanded to a bigger, second West Loop location. To stock the shop, owner Linda Schmidt did her research (quite litteraly as a former research librarian), filling it with familiar childhood favorites to puzzles galore and new games imported from Europe. There’s plenty of options for every age group, and the store even hosts family game nights and tournaments.

  1. 1112 W Madison St
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Rocky + Luella

  • Price band: 3/4

Co-owned by Julia Korol and Kate Bunton, a pair of Anthropologie veterans, this indie boutique sells men’s and women’s clothing that are both modern and timeless. The simple, minimal aesthetic allows the clothes and accessories, namely international labels making their U.S. debut (Honoré out of Paris) as well as designs from local artisans (Claranette), to really shine. In the near future, customers will be able to browse a long list of independent labels such as Ilana Kohn, Re:named, Cameo, Native Youth, Barque, Gorjana and more.

  1. 3207 W Fullerton Ave
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Apartment 528

  • Price band: 2/4

Five years after launching an online marketplace of the same name, owners India and Jerome Shannon have opened their first storefront in Humboldt Park. The quaint shop is bursting with happy home furnishings and accessories, from gorgeous handcrafted furniture out of Goshen, Indiana, to quirky Nintendo lamps, vintage books and wooden children's toys. Locals will recognize pieces from area design stars—iamhome, Teeny Screenies—in the colorful mix.

  1. 2620 W North Ave
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  • Price band: 4/4

Formerly open by appointment only, the showroom of luxury menswear brand Boga is now open for shoppers every day of the week except Sunday. Owner Jeff Burkard partners with established mills and manufacturers to make pieces from the finest fabrics in the world, including high-quality cottons, wools and leathers. Not only are customers treated to top-of-the-line garments, but men are guided by personal shoppers as they seek out quality suiting for a variety of occasions.

  1. 133 N Jefferson St, fifth floor
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