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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

Photograph: Kaye Cooksey

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!

Latest Chicago store openings

Small Shop Cycles and Service

Bronzeville celebrated the opening of its first bike shop earlier this spring thanks to Small Shop Cycles and Service. Pop in for a tune up—the store offers free assessments and safety checks. Service is affordable and the shop even offers yearly tune-up plans (starting at $100/year). Looking for something shiny and new? Peruse the selection of new bikes, where you'll find brands like Jamis, Retrospec and Fyxation, as well as tires and accessories. 

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Bronzeville

Fab'rik

This rapidly growing retail chain has opened its most recent location in the heart of Wicker Park. Known for trendy designs that don't break the bank, you'll find most everything in this boutique is $100 or less (aside from premium denim). And yes, that includes shoes and accessories, too. On a given summer day, you'll find boho staples like floral frocks ($66), fringe sandals ($10), tassel necklaces ($28) and then some.

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Wicker Park

Room to Breathe

As part of the Chicago Center for Behavioral Medicine (ChicagoCBM), rather than viewing yoga as "just a workout," Room to Breathe takes a holistic approach to health and healing, offering daily drop-in yoga classes, workshops and specialized private sessions that focus on self-care and empowerment. The studio will soon offer yoga therapy with targeted programming for specific health conditions that include both Western psychotherapy and yogic practices. Cost is $15 per class or $135 for a 10 class package—no class reservation required!   

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Loop

g boutique

This woman-friendly and woman-owned sex boutique has recently relocated down the street due to demolition plans, but the new shop still boasts a friendly and comfortable vibe, stocking the same crowd-pleasing lingerie, erotica and sex toys the Bucktown store is known for, as well as popular workshops (including the always popular "how to give a great blowjob" class). The cheery, sex-positive staff is also a great resource.

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Wicker Park

Oak + Fort

This Vancouver, Canada–based clothing brand recently opened up its third U.S. shop in Wicker Park. Not sure what to expect from the brand? Minimalistic, beautiful basics, and sleek, yet functional accessories for both women and men. The best part? Pieces generally range from $40–$150, which means you can stock up without the guilt.

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Wicker Park

Sprout Home Kitchen and Table

Sprout's Home and Garden Center has been outfitting Chicago with beautiful plants, florals and home goods for years, but this shop is about to make its way into the likes of your kitchen, too. It recently expanded to open a second location just across Damen, stocking beautiful kitchen and tableware—teak cutting boards, terra cotta and cast iron cookware, unique flatware, serveware, dish towels and more. It's everything you've come to know and love about Sprout Home, but in the kitchen. 

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West Town

Amazing Lash Studio

Eyelash extensions used to be expensive and out of reach for many, but Amazing Lash Studio is changing that. Join this membership-based shop and get your first set of lashes for $79.99, plus monthly refills for $59.99 per month. The studio has four styles to suit your taste, whether you're going for a dramatic or natural look. 

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Lincoln Park

Style Room 326

This members-only retail showroom in Lakeview brings an entirely new shopping concept to Chicago. Not a traditional boutique, but rather, an exclusive style community, bringing like-minded style-lovers together. For $69 per year, customers get access to all store merchandise (womenswear, shoes, and accessories) at members-only prices. Also included in membership are services like image consulting, monthly style chats and personalized wardrobe recommendations, plus discounted pricing on special workshops and events hosted in the space. If you're still skeptical, you can try a 30-day free trial.

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Lakeview

North Avenue Collective

A newcomer to the WOW (as in, west of Western) district in Humboldt Park, North Avenue Collective is a vintage lover's dream. The space houses two shops—Strangelovely and Hopscotch & Soda. The first boasts an eclectic, yet sophisticated collection of vintage furniture and home goods at a wide range of price points. The latter offers high-quality, accessible vintage womenswear, jewelry and accessories (the kind you would never find in a bargain bin.) The space is anything but your average vintage store—well organized and beautiful, with just the right amount of merchandise. (No digging or sifting required.)

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Wicker Park

Bonobos Guideshop

Savvy male shoppers have been turning to online shop Bonobos to stock up on khakis, shirts and other essentials for a while now. But if you’re the type who needs to try on clothing before making a purchase, this Lincoln Park guideshop is must-visit. The space stocks the latest offerings from the site and will ship your purchases to your home a day or two later.

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North Side

Jewels A Nail Box

This new Roscoe Village spot (part of Sola Salon Studios) is full of girlish charm. While you can come here for a regular old manicure, the salon's real specialization lies in nail art, so feel free to go wild with sparkles, cheeky sayings and one-of-a-kind designs. Why get one party nail when you can get 10? 

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Lakeview

Fox's Downtown

Thanks to this discount designer store's newest location, it's never been easier to do some major damage to your bank account over your lunch break. The Loop store offers an ever-rotating selection of name brand womenswear and accessories that will give you the best kind of sticker shock. Be sure to stop in often to snag the best deals. (They go quickly!)

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Loop

Lumination Salon

Industry veteran Adam Bogucki's Lakeview hair salon brings a new concept to Chicago's beauty scene—a truly personalized, one-on-one environment. Instead of a loud, bustling salon, you'll find a bright and cozy one-station salon suite, resulting in a truly customizable experience. Services include women's and men's cuts ($70 and $40), all-over color ($75), balayage ($175), smoothing treatments ($250), extensions ($250) and more. 

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Lakeview

The Black Tux

Fans of the dapper men's accessories store, The Tie Bar, will love the new addition of The Black Tux inside the Lincoln Park flagship. Have a big event coming up? This place is your one-stop shop. Get measured for a suit, tux or shoes of your choice, and your items will arrive at your door in time for your event. Slap on the return label the day after, and drop it in the mailbox. Plus, while you're there you can pick up your ties, pocket squares and sock. Your days of renting ill-fitted suits are over. (Phew.) 

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Lincoln Park

Vera Bradley Woodfield

The iconic Midwest-based lifestyle brand recently opened the doors of its fifth Chicagoland retail location in Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall. The first of a new store concept, the space boasts a clean layout with glamorous, eclectic details—like gold geometric chandeliers and mid-century modern tables. As for merchandise, expect to find everything from the classic quilted dufflea to newer collections, such as quilted leather handbags and beach accessories. 

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Schaumburg

Ancien Cycles

This cool shop, opened by two local bike lovers, stocks bikes from Opus, Ritte, Aluboo and Moots, with a focus on commuter and lifestyle products and bikes. It's located on Milwaukee, which means thousands of bikers ride by each day. Coming in summer 2014: a cafe called Roll Out, with the hopes of making this a major biker hangout.  

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River West

Volumes Bookcafe

There's a new concept coming to Wicker Park: a half coffee shop, half bookstore hybrid called Volumes Bookcafe. This brainchild of fellow Wicker Park resident Rebecca George is almost ready to open to the public (pending a few sluggish city approvals). Unlike other Wicker Park book veterans, this caffeine/literary hub will focus primarily on selling new books. In addition to coffee, the shop will also serve a variety of local beer and wine. Whether you're looking to knock out some work, refuel with a latte, catch up over a glass of wine or snag the newest "it" title, this will soon be your go-to place. 

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Wicker Park

Pilsen Community Books

While this newly opened Pilsen bookstore focuses on selling new and used titles, the true driving force behind this charming, no-frills shop is to help support local neighborhood schools, promoting literacy by supplying teachers and students with books. As far as the inventory goes, book lovers will be especially delighted in the shop's selection of rare books (you can also browse online), including vintage copies of Poems of Emily Dickinson and The Jungle Book, in addition to new titles.

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Pilsen

Knot Standard

Knot Standard, one of the fastest growing menswear stores in the U.S., has recently taken up residence in River North. Book your appointment online with one of the company's personal stylists, and put together your own posh custom suit, jacket, shirt, trousers or all of the above. As you might expect, a trip here won't be friendly on your wallet, but then again, you get what you pay for. 

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River North

Mr. & Mrs. DIGZ

After seven years in its Andersonville space, Mr. & Mrs. DIGZ recently celebrated its grand re-opening in Ravenswood's iconic clock tower building. The new 800-square-foot loft space will still offer merchandise that caters to both women and men, with a mix of new clothing, luxury designer consignment and handmade goods by more than 50 local designers. Pop in to browse Tuesday through Saturday, or make your own private shopping appointment anytime for a truly customized experience.   

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Ravenswood

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What happened to zadig and Voltaire? It closed suddenly!