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New Chicago shops

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

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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 the best outlet 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, clothing stores or wanting to buy some great gifts, Chicago's new shops (and old ones, too) have you covered. Happy shopping!

Latest Chicago store openings

bevello

A newcomer to Lincoln Park's retail row on Armitage Avenue, this Raleigh, South Carolina–based women's boutique offers trendy, feminine designs at everyday prices. Shoppers can expect to find popular clothing brands like Show Me Your Mumu, BB Dakota, Free People and French Connection. Plus, accessories and shoes from Sam Edelman, House of Harlow, Kendra Scott and Dolce Vita. Whether you're shopping for stylish basics or a special event, you should have no problem at this shop. 

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Lincoln Park

Rider

West Loop dwellers are excited to welcome a newcomer to restaurant row, and no, it's not the latest Top Chef brainchild (although we love those, too). It's Rider, a new shop selling clothing, new and rehabbed furniture, art, accessories, apothecary items and then some. Whether you're looking to pick up a birthday gift or drop a few thousand bucks on a rare sofa, we challenge you to walk out of this retail gem with empty hands.

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West Loop

South Loop Loft

South Loop Loft began a mere year and a half ago in owner Beth Berke's loft in Chicago's South Loop. Accustomed to buying and selling pieces due to frequent moves around the country, Berke fell in love with home decor through the process of furnishing her own home. Fast-forward to 2016, and South Loop Loft has its own showroom on the Near West Side, serving Chicago's design novices and professionals alike. The 3,700-square-foot loft offers home decor, accessories and furniture spanning all decades and price points. (We're talking from $15 up through the thousands.) Between the French antique fireplace mantel, stained glass windows, and velvet Chesterfield sofas, you'll never want to leave.

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South Loop

Sorel

Just in time for #Chiberia, this iconic, all-weather footwear brand opened its latest outpost at Westfield Old Orchard in fall 2015. Expect to find fashionable and functional shoes for women and men—from snow boots to sneakers, as well as heavy duty coats and hats to get you through the most brutal weather conditions in style. 

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Skokie

Uncle Dan's Lincoln Square

You've come to expect quality outdoorsy merch and a great selection from this Chicago-based retailer, and that's still the name of the game at the retailer's new 5,700-square-foot Lincoln Square space. Stock up on ear warmers with built-in headphones, North Face coats, hiking boots, camping gear and Patagonia beanies to cover your outdoors, sport and travel needs. (Or just your average winter day trekking through the city.)

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Lincoln Square

Crossroads Trading

A pioneer in the world of resale clothing, Crossroads Trading always has some hidden treasure waiting to be uncovered, at a price that pretty much anyone can afford. Plus, we love that it gives us an environmentally friendly alternative to shopping standard fast fashion or luxury retailers. And it's an easy way to make some cash after cleaning out our closets. At the retailer's new Andersonville location, shoppers can expect to find gently used items from brands like J.Crew, Kate Spade, Topshop, Michael Kors and more.

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Andersonville

Verdant Matter

The words "affordable" and "charming" don't often come to mind when you think of plant stores, but that's where a new shop in Pilsen, Verdant Matter, is different. Not only does the shop stock affordable house and garden plants (a breath of fresh air, no pun intended), but it also carries a variety of handmade ceramic planters, home goods, gifts and accessories. Plus, stop by for Pilsen Second Fridays, when handmade pop-up markets take over the space, showcasing vintage and handmade goods from local Chicago artisans and sellers.

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Pilsen

Moth

This newly opened luxury independent boutique features a collection of Nordic and Japanese clothing, accessories, artisan housewares, books and gifts curated by owner and former architect, Catherine Becker on her travels. Pulling inspiration from her adventures, Becker also designed the shop herself, which is evident in its minimalistic, Nordic vibe. If you're hunting for something unique, you'll love this place–the majority of the items available are not for sale anywhere else in the U.S.

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Bucktown

Alexandra Torissi

This Chicago-based designer is known for her quality Italian-made footwear. In her new store at 900 N Michigan, shoppers can browse her latest collections of fashion-forward pumps ($400+) and boots ($600+) that blend feminine qualities with edgy details. If you're looking for anything but average footwear, you'll likely find it here.

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Magnificent Mile

JAX AND DEBB

Wardrobe stylist Jacki Debb wanted to diversify the closets of Chicago men beyond Patagonia fleeces and Hawks jerseys, so she grabbed fellow friends and stylists Joanna Pham and Fontaine Scarelli and opened menswear boutique JAX AND DEBB. The Wicker Park shop boasts hand-picked brands from well-known labels like Penguin and French Connection as well as lesser-known ones like Mugsy Jeans and Drifter. Prices for most items range from $85-$200, so you can afford a few key wardrobe staples without draining your bank account.

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Wicker Park

Etienne Aigner

The Shops at Northbridge just upped their style game with the addition of Etienne Aigner. The NYC-based brand makes chic clothing ($175), footwear ($285+), and handbags ($195+) for women. The brand's boots, in particular, will leave you wanting for nothing—fringe booties, leather riding boots and pointed toe knee-high numbers will have you drooling ($395+). The shop also offers several lower-priced accessories, like leather tassel keychains ($35) or leather zodiac pouches ($55), ideal for gifting and stocking-stuffing.

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River North

Journelle

When it comes to lingerie shopping, it seems the options are limited to massive department stores or stuffy boutiques. NYC brand Journelle, with its first Midwestern outpost in Bucktown, aims to bridge that gap—giving women a wide range of brands, styles and prices in an inviting, low-key environment. Slip on a comfy robe and nosh on complimentary chocolates as you browse lingerie, loungewear and everyday basics from brands like Stella McCartney and La Perla, all the way down to smaller designers like Dear Bowie, For Love + Lemons, and Journelle's own brand of feminine intimates. You may never go anywhere else for your underthings again.

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Bucktown

Felt

Catherine Dunton and Holly Grannan opened this chic Logan Square boutique in September 2015. Inside, you can pick up the perfect pair of jeans or find colorful, handmade jewelry, among many other great finds. The store offers up a mix of items from established designers as well as emerging Chicago artists, with big-name brands like Hudson alongside locals like C/FAN. "These collections all work beautifully together, complement one another," Grannan says.

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Logan Square

Interior Define

Anyone who’s ever gone sofa shopping knows furniture prices can quickly rise. That’s why Rob Royer launched Interior Define. The company's recently opened Lincoln Park "guideshop" (relocated from Bucktown) complements its "online first" mentality, offering customers a chance to interact with the physical product in person, speak with designers and explore extensive customization options. The brand offers accent chairs, couches and sectionals without going through a middleman, which keeps prices impressively low, with sofas starting at $1,000 (including white glove delivery). Take the "Rose" English roll arm sofa, for example. It runs $1,600 at ID, whereas a twin from Pottery Barn could run almost $3,000. And if in-person shopping isn't your thing, you'll also fancy the brand's robust website.

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Lincoln Park

RH Chicago

Restoration Hardware's brand new Chicago showroom isn't your average furniture destination. No, it's located in the historic 70,000-square-foot Three Arts Club. The building, which is a designated Chicago Landmark, boasts six stories, including floors dedicated to RH's new modern collection and contemporary art, as well as a floor exclusively for baby, child and teen furnishings. Then there's the rooftop park, enclosed year-round courtyard, cafe and wine bar, which was opened in partnership with restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff. Oh, and the cherry on top—complimentary valet parking. 

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Gold Coast

Ulta Wicker Park

Wicker Park Commons welcomes a new tenant in its old Staples space—Bolingbrook- based beauty giant Ulta. It's a sigh of relief for those patrons sick of trekking east for their beauty essentials. The 10,000-square-foot store, in typical fashion, stocks more than 550 makeup, skincare, fragrance, body and men's brands—among them are popular names like Benefit, Lancome, BareMinerals and Dior as well as the store's budget-friendly Ulta line. The space also includes a full-service salon. Tip: Before you head into the store, check the salon's website for special deals, like a $30 cut and style for new guests. 

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Wicker Park

Margaret O'Leary

The San Francisco brand Margaret O’Leary, known for its knockout collections of knitwear and sportswear, arrived in Chicago in 2015. Margaret herself is from Ireland and began looming sweaters in her tiny apartment before becoming an expert on caring for knits and cashmere. Her collections continue to evolve from her unique design approach, combining luxury with laid-back style. Margaret personally oversees the creation of her knit and sportswear collections, from the initial design to selection of the finest yarn and cashmere all the way through production.

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Lincoln Park

La Perla

The biggest name in the world of exquisite underthings has recently relocated its Michigan Avenue storefront to a far more fitting (literally) space in the exclusive Gold Coast. The new 1,600-square-foot boutique boasts elaborate Italian-inspired architecture and offers the same delicate, luxurious merchandise you've come to expect from the lingerie brand. 

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Gold Coast

Flight 001

Flight 001—a boutique-like shop with a national presence—has traded its Gold Coast outpost for a smaller, 450-square-foot escape in Wicker Park. Expect the same thoughtful travel merchandise geared toward chic and savvy jetsetters, and find it all in a charming retro-modern shop retrofitted to look like an old-school travel agency. While you'll feel like you're stepping into Mad Men, make no mistake—the shop only accepts electronic currency like credit and debit cards (Apple Pay and Google wallet included). Wherever you're traveling, this shop will surely make your trip much more stylish.

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Wicker Park

Vineyard Vines

This East Coast–based label launched in 1998 with a collection of ties in preppy styles (read: cheeky prints in pastel colors) and has since evolved into a full line of clothing for men, women and children. Never been to Martha’s Vineyard, but want to dress the part? A visit to the store's new Gold Coast location will take care of that. But never fear. The store isn't just for prepsters. The brand has also come out with some classic wardrobe staples for fall, like cozy cashmere sweaters and casual knits.

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Gold Coast

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jg87@live.com

What happened to zadig and Voltaire? It closed suddenly!