Uptown shopping is on its way up. The neighborhood isn't yet considered boutique central, but with Andersonville's Clark Street corridor extending south of Foster into Uptown, new Chicago shops from furniture stores to adult stores are taking the leap. Still, there are a lot of empty retail pockets to fill. But with the mayor's plans for an Uptown makeover in the works, there's nowhere for Uptown shops to go but...well, you know.
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It's as if the two Lakeview outposts of Foursided (one featuring custom frames, the other greeting cards and gifts) have morphed into the ultimate home-design general store. Yes, frames and greeting cards still make up a big chunk of the shop, but we're all about the prints (including vintage maps and medical charts) and other cheeky art, such as reproductions of weathered flash cards.
Looking for an awesome, affordable used bike that no one else will be riding? How about a quick, easy spot to get your bike fixed? Head to this Uptown shop for vintage Schwinns (1971 raspberry Schwinn for $200, anyone?), Columbia Trailheads, repairs and more. Note: It's cash only.
This family-owned accessories and gift shop makes its city debut in Uptown, joining two successful suburban outposts in Evanston and Barrington. Look for a wide variety of handbags (including a large selection of Orla Kiely styles), as well as Jonathan Adler ceramics, handmade jewelry and personal-care products.