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The best shops in Ukrainian Village and Noble Square

Find fine fashions, tons of plants and even a witchy book or two when you shop in and around eclectic Ukrainian Village

Photograph: Wendell Remington
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Shopping in Ukrainian Village and Noble Square is a blast. Make a day of it when you walk tree-lined streets, stop for gelato at one of the city's best ice cream shops or, of course, spend an afternoon in interesting new stores.

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Best shops in Ukrainian Village

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This airy home and garden center will make you want to move right in. Succulents, air plants, flowers, ferns—the store specializes in hard-to-find, but easy to grow plants as well as floral design. You'll also find an inspiring selection of containers and accessories for your new green friends. Want to make your thumb a little greener? Sign up for the store's classes, including terrarium workshops.

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River West/West Town

Penelope's

This sweet boutique carries trendy, uniquely cut garments, shoes and accessories with a touch of mod (think Grandma meets the Beatles) for men and women. The shop is one of the few in the city to offer a large selection of French cult label APC, and it also carries popular brands like Baggu and Just Female. If you can't get out of the house, don't worry, you can also shop online.

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East Village

Rocky + Luella

Co-owned by Julia Korol and Kate Bunton, a pair of Anthropologie veterans, this indie boutique sells men’s and women’s clothing styles that are both modern and timeless. The minimal aesthetic allows the clothes and accessories, namely international labels making their U.S. debut as well as designs from local artisans, to really shine.

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River West/West Town
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Lush Wine & Spirits - West Town

Mitch Einhorn was fed up with the lackluster selection at Chicago big-box liquor and grocery stores, so he decided to open his own shop. Now he has three Chicago locations that cater to quality booze lovers all over the city. The shop stocks a plethora of eclectic wine labels, unique spirits and plenty of craft beers. Plus, they sell snacks like cured meats and seasonal cheeses, so we can't complain.

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River West/West Town

Permanent Records

The mood is mellow in this friendly record shop. Pitchfork readers will delight in one of the city's best collections of underground cassette tapes, but CDs and LPs of bands du jour can be found as well. Browse through 45s from local labels or admire that pristine original Hawkwind LP on the wall.

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East Village

Occult Bookstore

For about a century, this "little shop of horrors" in Noble Square has helped customers snuff out afflictions ranging from simple lovelessness to an inability to cast spells. The books lining the store's shelves are diverse, covering topics like astrology, paganism, UFOs and prophecies. You'll also find some items you'd never see in most bookstores—you know, like voodoo dolls and spell candles.

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River West/West Town
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Paper Doll

Shop here for a wide selection of playful cards and stationery, crafts, gift ideas and even precious little dog collars for Fido. You can also stop by for a chat with the store's custom specialist, if you're just not sure what kind of letterhead or thank you note you want.

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Ukrainian Village

Dusty Groove

There's nothing dusty about Dusty Groove. The bright and clean store looks more like a coffee shop inside (but instead of caffeine, you're getting your vinyl fix, of course). Smartly curated bins are sorted into Tropicalia, Afrobeat, reggae, vintage soul, French pop, blues, jazz and more for easy shopping.

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East Village

Study Hall

Shop for the latest fashions, including women's cotton summer dresses, and cute and clever toys for kids at this adorable store. Here, you can even find vegan accessories, home goods and jewelry—all great gift ideas when you need them.

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Ukrainian Village
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Ad Hoc

Racks of affordable ($50 or less), trendy clothing and accessories fill this shop. Score pieces from popular budget-friendly brands—Sanctuary, Level 99 Jeans, Cheerleader—as well as smaller, American-made labels like Mono B, Line and Dot and Timing. You'll also find handmade jewelry, books, candles and other accessories on the shelves.

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East Village

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