If you’re tired of the big box retailers dominating the shopping arena today then River North gives you a bushel basket of selections when it comes to small boutique storefronts. The district with the highest
concentration of retailers, dining and entertainment in all of Chicago, here is a few selected shops that have earned their wings when it comes to earning your visit.
Where to begin. There is the Jean Albano Gallery featuring contemporary art. The Weinberg/Newton Gallery has incredible shows featuring many mediums. The Hilton-Asmus Gallery takes shows to the next level definitely creating an exciting event atmosphere. Finally, a couple of hours at Art Chicago won’t get
the job done. This venue absolutely has something for everyone.
Opening her first boutique, Azeeza, and dominating the Chicago fashion scene is a super start for local designer Azeeza Khan. The upscale Mag Mile shop is located within the 900 Shops (a.k.a. the Bloomingdale’s mall) and has been named by Forbes as a top shopping destination. Expect to find pieces that will elevate any wardrobe—with a healthy dose of glitz and glam.
Owner Laurie Davis says she opened LuLu’s on the Avenue to complement the newer high-end shops along the Mag Mile. Look for vintage jewelry as well as classic hats, handbags and customizable leather handbags by Laudi Vidni. She also featuring her own jewelry line, Signature LuLu’s, made up of statement necklaces.
Trunk Club has a crazy model for men! At this very popular menswear service, expert stylists meet with customers to build personal trunks of clothing and accessories for them. Guys get a mix of established brands (Billy Reid, Jack Spade) and up-and- coming designers based on style and body type before their trunks are shipped out. You can even enjoy a nice cocktail while you shop because they have a bar!
River North isn’t exactly known for being budget-friendly, but you will find quite a few wallet-friendly finds at Classic Remix. As the name might suggest, the store is stocked with furniture, decor, gifts, jewelry and other accessories both new and vintage. Shoppers seeking something outside the cookie-cutter realm will feel right at home.
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Kozy’s Cyclery will give you good old fashion customer service you would come to expect from a small shop. Makalu Ultralight Hunt & Camp Gear is a niche marketer. Eleiko Sport Inc. might give you something that not everyone else has back home.
Snag some cool gear next time you’re on your way through for our appointment. There’s plenty of afternoon shopping in our immediate vicinity!
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