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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Trends come and go, but you can count on new Chicago shops opening nearly every week. 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. Happy shopping!

Cat and Mouse Game Store

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.

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Rocky + Luella

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.

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Apartment 528

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.

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Boga

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.

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Lively Running

Founded by a pair of sisters who are avid runners, Lively Running offers a wide variety of chic athletic and lifestyle apparel and accessories for women. Browse top-notch brands such as Hoka One One, Lolë, Merrell, On Running, Moving Comfort and more, get a custom sneaker or sports bra fitting, and then sign up for the ladies’ weekly fun run.

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Oak Park

Marine Layer

We all know perfectly soft T-shirts are hard to come by. Offering exactly that—plus a full line of men’s and women’s clothing—is Marine Layer, the first outpost of the San Francisco–based brand outside of the West Coast. Inside, you’ll discover pieces cut from custom-blended cotton so comfy you’ll want to layer them all year long.

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Bucktown

Audio Archaeology

In the market for a vintage record player? How about (two) turntables and a microphone? Pop into this Rogers Park one-stop-shop for all your vinyl lifestyle needs. Owner John Arnsdorff, a life-long collector of record and vintage audio electronics, sells a range of classic pieces and records, as well as modern home accessories, gifts, barware and more.

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Rogers Park

Alton Lane

Love the look of custom suits but cringe at the prices? This brand works hard to offer quality, made-to-fit suits at a fraction of the cost. With showrooms in five other cities, Alton Lane brings its business to Oak Street. Interested customers book appointments with style experts, who take their measurements and guide them through a slew of custom design options.

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Update Interiors

The next time you’re in need of an eye-catching accessory, lighting fixture or housewarming gift, head to Oak Park’s newest shop. Owners Peter and Barbara Bernick stock the 1,500-square-foot space with interesting items from around the globe (consoles to candles, fixtures to frames), plus local goods from designers such as Gold Leaf Designs.

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Live Grit

This Near West Side shop may cater to triathaloners—swimmer, bikers, runners—but there’s something for every level of athlete. It sells bikes for commuters and racers, plus offers tune-ups and adjustments galore. Swimmers can sort through wetsuits, goggles, and swim caps, while runners can try on clothing and shoes. As the shop’s community grows, keep an eye out for group training events, educational workshops and social mixers.

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