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Five Chicago-based online shops

Shopping local doesn’t only include brick-and-mortar boutiques. Check out these five Chicago-based online shops
 (Photograph: Courtesy of Michael Fortner)
Photograph: Courtesy of Michael FortnerLuxemiLaunched Summer 2011The concept Borrow or buy Indian-inspired apparel and accessories. Rent the with an exotic Eastern flairFavorite items One of the newest additions: beaded leopard-print and mirror-adorned clutches ($85-$115). Also, gold and silver hand chains ($28)Rotation Weekly
Nothing Major Launched Winter 2012The concept This latest venture from indie-music site Pitchfork is designed to showcase the most inspiring and creative contemporary visual culture. A hybrid editorial and e-commerce site, NOMA features in-depth editorial pieces, short blog posts and a shop selling fragrances, niche magazines, ball caps, NOMA collaborations with brands such as San Fran shirt line Taylor Stitch and more.Favorite item A DIY lamp kit by Chicago designer Craighton Berman ($79)Rotation Weekly
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Photograph: Courtesy of Inland ClothingInland ClothingLaunched Fall 2012The concept American-made, affordably priced and classically styled men's clothing. Mostly smaller producers who are committed to domestic production of weekender bags, oxford shirts, leather belts and moreFavorite items Domestic Workwear, a local line that makes durable pieces such as work pants ($120) produced from heavy cotton twillRotation Seasonal
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Photograph: Courtesy of August General StoreAugust General StoreLaunched This weekThe concept Artisan-designed and crafted merchandise (such as this bell jar lamp) from makers around the country, Europe and Japan. The selection of categories is inspired by classic general stores that still exist in rural and niche communities.Favorite items Julia Paul's handcrafted pottery ($25-$90) inspired by the Appalachian Mountains landscape; and pet line Found My Animal, nautical-looking products ($42-$64) made with marine-grade ropes and metals and waxed canvasRotation Seasonal
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Photograph: Courtesy of Abe's MarketAbe's MarketLaunched 2009The concept A virtual Whole Foods—with an even wider selection. Stocked with 12,000-plus products, the site allows shoppers to filter their search by 220 lifestyle and dietary categories, such as fair trade, PVC-free and Paleo diet-friendly.Favorite items From two local companies: Simple Squares' all-natural snack bars ($20 for a 12-pack) that are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy and refined sugars; and Hala's wine racks ($38), cookbook holders ($38) and bamboo trays ($36)Rotation Weekly
By Jessica Herman |

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