New Chicago shops

Keep up to date with the latest openings of Chicago shops, including high-end boutiques, shoe stores, chain stores and more Chicago shopping news

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Gather Home & Lifestyle

Trends come and go, but you can count on new Chicago shops opening every month. We're keeping track of the biggest debuts, from indie boutiques to chain stores, so you can get through the doors and load up on the latest fashions before everyone else. Whether you're looking for the best bookstores, vintage clothing or beauty supply stores, Chicago's new shops (and old ones, too) have you covered. Happy shopping!

Latest Chicago store openings

Blo and Go

Streeterville's newest blowout salon may seem like just another (yes, another) blow dry bar, but its extended hours and additional services make it a one-stop shop compared to other competitors. Blo and Go offers not just blow outs and updos ($40+), but hair cuts ($60+), extensions ($10+), makeup application ($25+), mini manicures ($15), regular manis ($25), and no-chip ($45). Primping for a night out? Go for the "Night on the Town" packages, which start at $90 and include hair, makeup and nails. The best part? It opens at 7am, so you can even sneak in an appointment before work. Plus, the salon is also BYOB (not that we're encouraging booze before the office).

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Streeterville

Warby Parker

Set foot in the well-loved hipster frame store and you'll find design elements that reflect the history and culture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, including chevron wood floors, a photo booth and plenty of books sourced from local authors (which are also available for purchase). Don't leave without picking up a free custom map of the best spots to sit and read a book around the neighborhood, designed by local artist Jason Polan. Of course, you'll also find the selection of affordable, fashion-concious frames you've come to expect from Warby Parker. 

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Lincoln Park

Torrid

The popular plus-size fashion retailer opens its flagship location in the heart of the Loop. Specializing in apparel sizes 12–28, the 3,000-square-foot store offers endless on-trend options at prices that won't give you a heart attack. The jewelry and shoe selections don't dissapoint, either. 

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Loop

Rent the Runway

Critics' pick

The 2,940-square-foot Chicago outpost of designer rental website, RentTheRunway.com, will open in the Gold Coast later this month. The sleek space, complete with chic dressing rooms and a "selfie mirror" will be stocked with a rotating inventory of more than 300 major designers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Marchesa Notte, Cushnie et Ochs and Vera Wang. And the stock isn't just limited to dresses—the store also rents rompers, jumpsuits, jewelry and handbags. Four-day apparel rentals range from $30–$800 and come in sizes 0–22. Accessory rentals start at just $5. 

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Gold Coast

Gather Home + Lifestyle

Owner Kristen Basilo has a keen eye for design, and the proof is in her stunningly minimalistic Wicker Park shop, which has "gathered" an impressive variety of products for both men and women, including home decor, cards, apothecary, leather goods and accessories, jewelry and books—all made by small, independent makers. Among our favorites: Fern Living's brass hexagon pots ($54), Komono sunglasses ($60) and the Makr Rucksack ($185). We challenge you to find a corner that isn't Instagram-worthy. 

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Wicker Park

Lids

The massive Indianapolis-based chain that's synonymous with snapbacks and licensed sports gear all over the country has opened its latest brick-and-mortar location—primarily focused on hats—on Michigan Avenue. If the Blackhawks store a few doors down didn't satisfy your needs, this store likely will. Plus, it's stocked with gear to rep your other favorite MLB, NBA, NFL or college teams here, too. Custom design services are also available. 

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Loop

New Elephant Resale

This nonprofit resale shop's two North Side locations cater to the city's thriftiest bargain hunters and DIYers, offering up furniture, women's and men's clothing and accessories, artwork, shoes, household goods and antiques sourced primarily from local estate sales and community members. Proceeds benefit five local charities, such as the Rotary Club of Chicago and the Jesse White Tumbling Team. Delivery and pickup are also available. 

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Lincoln Park

George the Salon

After a successful seven-year stint in River North, celebrity hairstylist George Gonzalez (who has styled Cindy Crawford, just to give you an idea) has moved to a chic new home in the Gold Coast. Besides being a full-service hair salon for all cutting, coloring and styling needs, the salon has also expanded its service menu to offer facials and waxing services.

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Gold Coast

Liquor Park

This Wicker Park neighborhood "brewtique" opened in place of "Life's a Cabernet" after it was officially taken over by employee and sommelier Janel Syron. The liquor store has a wide selection craft beers (including plenty of local brews), wine (most bottles around $20 or less), as well as craft spirits, making it the perfect pre-BYOB date night pit-stop.  

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Wicker Park

Shuga Records

Shuga Records is doing its part to establish Wicker Park as Chicago's destination for vinyl. After three years of searching for the perfect neighborhood space, owner Adam "DJ Shuga Rose" Rosen recently opened his new location down the street from Reckless Records and Dusty Groove. The store houses close to 20,000 records exclusively available at the shop, plus turntables, vintage posters and hundreds of thousands more titles online. If you're searching for an obscure album, chances are you'll find it here. The shop also offers local delivery for orders over $100. 

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Wicker Park
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