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!
New Chicago shops
The best new shops in Chicago include everything from high-end boutiques to shoe stores to our favorite chains and more
Latest Chicago store openings
The long-awaited Amazon Books has officially opened its doors in Lakeview. The idea behind the brick-and-mortar extension of Amazon is simple; it's a place where online meets offline. The store is stocked with titles based on Amazon.com customer ratings and displays them along with rating cards. Amazon devices such as Kindle, Echo, Fire TV and Fire Tablets are also available to test drive. While you're inside, make sure to grab a piping-hot cup from Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
The West Loop isn't exactly known as a shopping destination, but that's quickly changing thanks to additions like the massive new Free People location. The lofty space boasts two levels, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural wood accents and, of course, the brand's lines of bohemian clothing, shoes and beauty products. Don't miss the wholesale showroom on the second floor.
Catering to the neighborhood's BYOB-goers and wine enthusiasts, Hyde Park residents are abuzz over this newcomer. Housed in the historic and recently restored former O’Gara & Wilson space—one of Chicago's oldest businesses until 2013—the shop stocks a thoughtfully curated (yet un-stuffy) selection of wines. You'll find labels from around the world, at a wide range of price points, some starting at less than $10. Craft beer is also for sale. The shop hosts regular tastings and events, so make sure to check the website for the latest details.
The term liquor store doesn't accurately describe this Logan Square newcomer. The concept is art-meets-booze-meets-cigars-meets-neighborhood-hangout. The shop features rotating local artists and a selection of liquor, wine and beer that you won't find just anywhere, with plenty of local labels, too. The best part? If you dine at any of the local partnering BYOBs, they'll bring the booze to you.
Known for its stylish and affordable frames and artfully designed brick-and-mortar stores, Warby Parker's new Gold Coast location is everything you've come to expect from the brand and more. The space features historic gray and white terrazzo-tiled flooring, library-style walnut shelving, marble-topped tables with custom brass lamps and murals of the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center by artist Jason Munn. Get an eye exam on-site, or just shop the latest selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
The second location to open in Chicago and one of the newest faces in Wicker Park, the 1,697 square foot Current/Elliott store houses the brand’s famed vintage-inspired denim, sportswear, full menswear range and one-of-a-kind pieces from Current/Elliott’s Loved + Found collection. To compliment the look and feel of the clothing, the space boasts earthy details like reclaimed wood floors and benches carved from tree trunks.