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The best shops in North Center

Shop for home décor, accessories and hard-to-find beer in this North Side neighborhood

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen
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Sandwiched between Avondale and Lakeview, this North Side neighborhood has a personality of its own. Perhaps the best way to experience the unique vibe here is to stroll the streets and pop in and out of the local-owned businesses. Homebodies will appreciate the selection of top-notch furniture shops, and fashion-forward shoppers will love the cool boutiques

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North Center’s best shops

Mint Home
  • Shopping
  • Design and interiors
  • North Center

Vintage furniture hunters will find happiness at this North Center shop that specializes in refinished mid-century pieces. Dressers, buffets and dining sets are sanded down and made beautiful again at this online retailer turned brick-and-mortar destination. The cozy shop also sells smaller items like screen-printed pillows, tea towels and planters. 

  • Shopping
  • Design and interiors
  • East Village

Curation is key at this friendly neighborhood shop that's stocked with gorgeous goods for the kitchen and garden, unique paper products and Chicago-themed finds. Whether you're looking to treat yourself or a dinner party host, this North Center storefront has you covered with home-centric gifts for all. 

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Bottles and Cans
  • Shopping
  • Liquor stores
  • North Center
  • price 2 of 4

Whether you're stocking your fridge with craft beer or grabbing a six-pack and heading to a friend's house, this cheery, community-centric beer, wine and spirits store is a safe bet. Bonus points: Keep an eye on their Facebook page for free tastings. 

  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • North Center

For guitar heroes whose instruments need some attention, this North Center repair shop is at your service. The diligent staff can refinish, re-fret and restring guitars, and there's no charge for estimates or advice. Did we mention the shop dogs? 

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  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • North Center
  • price 1 of 4

This North Center store is filled with pieces by local and other independent designers, including vegan leather bags from Joy Accessories, beautiful paper beads from 31 Bits and bridal-ready sterling silver and gold jewelry from Monsieur Pamplemousse. Plus, the organized, creative displays make it easy to find new designers to pique your interest. 

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  • Shopping
  • Shoes
  • North Center
  • price 3 of 4

Shoes are an art form at Traipse, a unique footwear boutique in North Center. Though you can expect to pay a bit more here, the reward is worthwhile—their shoes are built with comfort and practicality in mind. 

Union Handmade
  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • North Center
  • price 2 of 4

Shop owner Leigh Deleonardo brings a down-right lovely collection of women's jewelry, separates, dresses and accessories to North Center. Both the cheerful space and attentive service make spending your paycheck all too easy. 

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