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
Artist Shayna Norwood opened Steel Petal Press in June 2016 after many years of letterpress printing. Her operation in the heart of Logan Square is home to a bevy of great gift ideas, from quirky books and perfect greeting cards to laugh-out-loud socks that she can barely keep on shelves. With custom letterpress work available, the adorable shop helps clients tell their stories on wedding invitations, stationery, business cards or anything else they can dream up.
You can't miss Andersonville's newest artsy addition, Martha Mae, with its cheery pink facade, impeccable goods, and stunning design—it's unlike any other art supply store in the city. Come here for supplies as well as gifts for the art-lover in your life (or, you know, yourself). Peruse the well-styled shelves of paintbrushes, notebooks, colored pencils and artsy coffee table books and you'll likely find something beautiful. Don't leave without giving the obligatory pat to Martha Mae herself—that is, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and muse behind the store's name.
This Chicago-based company (and now brick-and-mortar store) brings you the skill of your local cobbler with the convenience of, um, your iPhone? Simply download the app, find the nearest shoe drop location (be it at your local dry cleaner, office building or high-rise), your choice of services—shine, clean or repair—and handle your payments with a few swipes. You'll even get text notifications updating you on the status of your shoes, which are taken to Shoe Drop’s 4,000-square-foot facility on the West Side for service. Easy peasy. Seeking a more traditional shoe-shine experience? You also pay a visit to the company's brand new River North storefront in the swanky 353 North Clark office building.
Mid-century lovers will geek out over Chicago's newest face on the vintage furniture scene. What started as a few garage sales for some side cash grew into a full-blown business for owners Jon Gorske and Kurt Niesman, who live above the store. Here, you'll find too many vintage gems to count, at prices that make great design attainable for everyone—like a fully functional Zenith record player console (just like Grandma's!) for $475, or green Kroehler armchairs: $650 for the pair! Make sure to stop by weekly. Each Wednesday, the floor is reset and refreshed with new inventory.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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!)