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Sex shops in Chicago for all your sex toy needs

From bondage gear to bachelorette party pleasers, sex workshops and genuine one-on-one advice–these Chicago sex shops don't disappoint.
Photograph: Lisa Predko G Boutique
By Time Out Chicago editors |

Sex shops often have a certain...reputation, if you will. (You may be conjuring up an image of a dark, dirty, hole-in-the-wall with one or two questionable lurkers wearing trench coats?)
It's true, finding a sex shop in Chicago that’s friendly, clean and welcoming can be, er, hard (pun intended). However, these local adult stores will make even first-time customers feel fabulous about getting frisky after a fun date at one of the city's most romantic spots. From handcuffs to harnesses and vibrators to bondage gear, these sex shops stock it all, and are classy enough to rise to the occasion. (Again, pun, know.) 

Shopping, Sex shops

Early to Bed

icon-location-pin Uptown

This bright and cheery sex toy shop offers workshops, toys, wearables, movies, BDSM gear, lubes and more. Plus, the store offers weekly specials and student discounts, as well as workshops and parties. There's something for everyone here—no matter your sexuality, gender or experience level. Staff is attentive, always happy to answer questions, and best of all, never pushy. 

Photograph: Lisa Predko
Shopping, Sex shops

g boutique

icon-location-pin Bucktown

This woman-friendly and woman-owned sex boutique has high-end lingerie, erotica, sex toys and also offers workshops (including the always popular "how to give a great blowjob" class), making it a great bachelorette party go-to. The friendly, sex-positive staff is also a great resource. 


Taboo Tabou

icon-location-pin Lake View

This self-dubbed "female friendly" shop is known for its vast selection of playful lingerie for all occasions, but you'll also find plenty of toys, accessories, gifts, bachelorette party must-haves, and more. The setting is posh and well-organized (read: very "un-sex-shoppy") and staff are never pushy–on the contrary, may even offer you a glass of wine. Workshops offered often and are available both in-store and in-home. 

Shopping, Sex shops

The Pleasure Chest

icon-location-pin Lake View

The Pleasure Chest is a one-stop shop for all of your adult indulgences. Whether you go in to “shop for a friend” or go in thinking you know what you’re looking for, you’re sure to be wowed by the vast and perplexing (even to self-proclaimed sexperts) inventory in a sleek, well-organized setting. The employees are friendly and professional, and they will put even the most awkward shopper at ease. Curious patrons can attend workshops with topics ranging from fun to informative (or both), like Naughty Knitting Night or Sex and Aging. 

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Shopping, Lingerie and swimwear


icon-location-pin Boystown

Whether you're looking to spice up your sex life with lingerie, toys, books, accessories or videos, Tulip has you (un)covered. Regardless of your sexuality or experience, the staff members at the store are helpful and informative—making the shopping process that much more enjoyable. The gallery also regularly holds classes on basic sex education and technique, and offers in-home parties, like 50 Shades inspired BDSM 101. 

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