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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 Chicago shopping news

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Madison Hall

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

Madison Hall

Hotel stores tend to be small, harshly lit and filled to the brim with basic but overpriced items like toothpaste and aspirin on one side and chintzy souvenirs on the other. But then again, no hotel is quite like the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Here, Madison Hall, with entrances from the hotel and Madison Street, offers an upscale shopping experience without feeling haughty. Split into two storefronts, owners Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel opened the shop in July 2015 and curated the store to reflect its century of history—one side was once the woman’s lounge for the old athletic association—as well as ensuring the shop stays stocked with everything guests could possibly need, plus things they’re likely to covet. 

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Loop

Lolë Atelier

This community-oriented, Montreal-based women’s activewear brand (which stands for Live Out Loud Everyday) opened up shop this past spring in Lakeview's Southport shopping district. Known for its feminine and vibrant activewear designs, these clothes are just as suitable for the street as they are for the gym. The store boasts collections geared toward yoga, fitness, lifestyle, travel and more, and also organizes meet-ups in the store, like Saturday AM Core Yoga, Mamas Who Move, and jewelry trunk shows.

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Southport Corridor

Mackenzie-Childs

This countryside-chic home goods brand founded by ceramic artists Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs has set up shop in Bloomingdale's Home, giving Chicagoans another outlet to spend a pretty penny on farm-inspired plates, serving dishes shaped like geese or whimsical rooster teapots, all hand-painted by artisans in the brand's Aurora, New York headquarters.

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Magnificent Mile

Urban Outfitters–Gold Coast

The former Rush Street Urban Outfitters has moved down the block into a significantly upgraded retail space. The new three-level, 19,138-square-foot store is now the largest retail location in the country, stocking even more of the trendy indie men's and women's labels you know and love: BDG, Silence + Noise, Urban Renewal, and more along with quirky home goods and accessories.

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Gold Coast

Rag & Bone Chicago

Born out of frustrations with mass-produced jeans, what began as a denim line in 2002 has expanded to cover clothing for both men and women, all with an emphasis on craftsmanship. The designs nod toward tradition while exuding an utterly contemporary vibe. This aesthetic is reflected in elegant, industrial-edged stores; the Gold Coast outpost caters to both sexes, complete with exposed brick and light fixtures custom-designed in house. 

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Gold Coast

Les Néréides

Being the sister city to Paris, it was only fair that the first U.S. opening of the high-end Parisian jewelry brand be in Chicago. A true definition of "je ne sais quoi,"the brand is known for elaborate, playful costume jewelry. Expect to find necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings featuring handmade, hand-painted tiny ballerinas, intricate flowers, sea creatures, and even penguins on bicycles. If you're looking to splurge ($60-$800) on a unique, wearable work of art, look no further.

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Loop

BucketFeet Bucktown

BucketFeet's newest Chicago store is the brand's most spacious to date, showcasing a full line of shoes (including slip-on and lace-up sneakers, and flip-flops) for men, women and kids. The Bucktown store also features a station that allows artists to submit designs and sign up to become part of the brand's artist network. The location will also offer events and programs that connect customers with the artists behind their favorite products.

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Bucktown

Stock Mfg. Co

You've likely seen the likes of Stock Mfg. Co in places like Esquire, Refinery29 and GQ, and for good reason. The previously online-only men's clothing and accessories company has become known for its fashionable, well-made, and reasonably priced designs, created in its local Garfield Park warehouse. The brand recently opened its new West Fulton Market storefront in April 2015, so you can try the quality goodness for yourself in the flesh. Because the shop is a bit off the beaten path, the brand made sure it's well worth the trip—delivering an unforgettable personal experience, half lounge, half shop. You can shoot pool at the vintage AMF table, and enjoy a complimentary brew or two, in addition to shopping the latest in menswear.

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West Town

Blue Jay Way

Who wouldn't want a painting of Kramer from Seinfeld? Or the Jurassic Park raptor? Colorful, pop culture favorites are painted and hung on the walls for your viewing, or purchasing, pleasure at this new Logan Square shop, opened by artist Jamie Knight in June 2015. You can also shop for rare vintage toys and collectibles like tin lunchboxes, books, stickers and much more.

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Logan Square

Dice Dojo

Gamers of all kinds welcomed the opening of Dice Dojo–Chicagoland Games' South Loop outpost. This place isn't just a store, but a neighborhood hangout. Dice Dojo boasts gaming tables, tournaments, and also happens to host Chicago's largest Magic The Gathering events. The shop also stocks comic books from Andersonville's Alleycat Comics. Not ready to commit to buying your own game? No worries. Pull up a chair, and demo a game for as long as you like. Seriously, as long as you like–it's open until midnight on Fridays. You can even BYOB. 

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South Loop
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