Footwear and accessories from the likes of Dolce Vita, Calvin Klein, and Sorel at this renowned Chicago shoe store
$85 for $100 Worth of Shoes at Lori's Shoes
Up to 64% Off Bespoke Menswear at BookATailor
Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England
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Full-price men’s and ladies’ shirts, shorts, pants, outerwear, belts, socks, and headwear
50% Off Consignment Clothing at Anew
Consignment collection of designer and in-season boutique apparel and accessories from Coach, Louis Vuitton, 7 For All Mankind, and more
Up to 54% Off Printed T-Shirts
Big Frog T shirts and More of Shorewood
Printer adorns up to five white t-shirts with one design
Up to 60% Off Custom-Made Shirts
Made II Fit
Tailors take your measurements and customize well-fitting shirts
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Dazzling multicolored beads and charms populate bracelets and other jewelry pieces; customizable hand-stamped sports jewelry
Up to 50% Off Formal-Wear and Alterations
Seagull Studio Boutique
Dundee Point Shopping Center
Sleek formal-wear from Dave & Johnny, Morri Lee, and other designers; alterations repair and fit clothing for any occasion
Up to 55% Off Custom Chinos and Shirts
The tailors make new a pattern for every client, and clothing is completed in less than four weeks
56% Off Custom Clothing
Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you
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Shoppers can browse through a selection of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and bracelets
50% Off Jewelry
Find unique, fashion-forward jewelry-inspired watches, handmade turquoise necklaces, anklets, and cuff bracelets
50% Off Urban Apparel at Jimmi Skouls
Urban, on-trend men's and women's clothing from hard-to-find boutique labels and in-house clothing and jewelry designers
Up to 54% Off Custom-Printed T-shirts
Same Day Tees
Garment-printing company with 35 years of experience customizes T-shirts for events, businesses, and other entities
50% Off Suits, Dresses, and Eveningwear at Suit Plus More
Suit Plus More
Customers can pick up stylish threads and accessories for men, women, and kids
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Pink Slip Boutique
Boutique stocks everything from infinity scarves to special-occasion dresses; statement jewelry and sweaters
Up to 61% Off Custom Jewelry from Stamp the Moment
Stamp the Moment
Personalize lockets with dozens of different charms and baubles, or engrave steel rings with heartfelt messages
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At Fashion Corp
Up to 52% Off Tuxedo Rental and Purchases
J.P. Tuxedo Warehouse
Prep for a prom, wedding, or other black-tie event with a rental, new, or used black tuxedo
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Designer-inspired casual and evening wear with plus size options.
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Feel Loud Expression Inc.
50% Off Miscellaneous Jewelry
Up to $20 Off Ethical Bags and Accessories
Fair-trade bags and accessories from social enterprises in Bali and Cambodia, made from repurposed materials such as mosquito netting
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Twice Again Resale & Consignment Shop
Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you
Gold Elite Jewelers and Loan
Up to 54% Off Custom Suits from House of Bespoke
House of Bespoke
Master tailors craft suits and shirts personalized to each customer's exact specifications and measurements
Up to 58% Off Apparel at Krispyfringe Vintage
Funky shop showcases eclectic display of vintage clothing and home goods, including saltshakers, peppershakers, and sundresses
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Cozy boutique stocks racks and tables with tops, skirts, and sweaters as well as versatile jewelry items and curve-accentuating jeans
Organized by country and punctuated with tiny flags, Quenchers’ chalkboard menu lists brews from all six beer-producing continents. If the nearly 300 types of beer served daily isn’t enough of a draw, patrons can also get excited about the vintage photo booth, a kitchen that serves food until midnight, and the adjoining room that hosts improv comedy and live music.
To truly understand what makes Lori's Shoes so special, it helps to take a walk in founder Lori Andre's shoes. That exchange of footwear would send you across the globe—from the biggest fashion houses of New York City to a small boot manufacturer in Florence. Every year, Andre travels to markets in America's biggest cities before she hops a plane to Europe and spends two to three weeks searching the storefronts of France, Italy, and the exclusive, secret VIP country located between France and Italy.
Andre's obsession with fashion has taken Lori's Shoes from a small Lincoln Park storefront in 1983 to a modern empire that includes three stores in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Each one contains an impressive bounty totaling thousands of women's shoes, boots, bags, and garments. The items' tags read like a who's who of the design world—Jeffrey Campbell, Frye, and Sam Edelman are just a few choice picks from the 200-plus names that fill the stores' shelves and tables. Sales staff keep a handle on it all: "its staffers are well-versed in current trends," noted Racked in placing Lori's on its list of The 38 Essential Chicago Shopping Experiences.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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Treat your gastrointestinal tract to a tasty glass of richly blended healthlisciousness. Today's side deal gets you four drinks or wholesome bowls from Protein Bar for $10, a $24 value. A proper breakfast of fruit, grain, and protein will help you discover that hidden superpower that's been lying dormant under a pile of doughnuts and danishes.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker-Hart are devoted to the art of distilling. For Robert, it’s a family tradition: he still treasures memories of his grandparents’ award-winning Austrian distillery, where he often helped out as a child. A graduate of Oxford and the University of London, Robert's wife, Sonat, gave up a tenured academic position to pursue the couple’s dream of making their own spirits from scratch. Today, Robert and Sonat’s award-winning Koval Distillery is the first to open in Chicago’s city limits since Prohibition. There, they blend classic, mainstream techniques with contemporary, indie methods, ensuring quality by using only certified organic and kosher ingredients grown in the Midwest.
Using a Kothe potstill custom-made and hand-built in Germany, the husband-and-wife team produces small-batch spirits, including five original white whiskeys made from rye, oat, wheat, millet, and spelt mash. They also distill Lion’s Pride aged whiskeys, plus a selection of liqueurs and brandies, such as bierbrand made with Dynamo Copper Lager from neighbor Metropolitan Brewing. These spirits have won multiple local and national awards, from Whisky Magazine’s 100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit to the Chicago Reader’s Best Local Distillery.
Wanting to further the careers of other artists he knew, Jake Nickell set up a competition-based T-shirt-design company in his small apartment to give those artists a chance to make their art and get paid while doing it. Today, the small design startup has expanded into Threadless, a virtual boutique showcasing artsy apparel and accessories from designers all over the globe. Each week, guest artists and illustrators submit designs depicting pop-culture references, animals, folk art, and vibrant abstract works, leaving it up to the online community to vote on which entries will populate the shop’s menagerie of merch ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to bags, laptop cases, and umbrellas.
In addition to printing their work, Threadless honours artists with awards for designers in various categories, as well as a Made By program highlighting artists who've developed a following in the community or discovered the whereabouts of Van Gogh's middle-school diaries. Store staffers also award scholarships to hardworking designers and present Design Challenges to focus submitting artists on a central theme or aesthetic style. At Threadless Atrium, they collaborate with charities and other outside organizations to gather eclectic art submissions that currently benefit the American Cancer Society and Disney Villains.
The Chicago branch of Gray Line's global sightseeing operation organizes a wide variety of tours and excursions throughout the Windy City, from architectural tours that send passengers coasting on the river and lake for sun-drenched educational cruises to shopping odysseys at Chicago Premium Outlets, where travelers can zip through more than 100 stores and restaurants after being shuttled to the retail utopia. Blues outings treat music lovers to raw licks, soul food, and real tears at celebrated concert venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends and Rosa's Lounge.
Gray Line's cherry-red trolleys transport visitors and residents alike to famous Chicago sites. Just north of the river, the vehicles idle before the Wrigley Building's sparkling white terra cotta façade, which in the 1920s stood as the first major skyscraper outside of The Loop. From there, the trolley may motor north to the John Hancock Center, where elevators to its observatory sweep guests 96 floors in 39 seconds. The trolley could also steer south to the Willis Tower, which lost its maiden name of Sears after being charmed by a passing cumulus cloud.
When a group of jazz club owners, musicians, writers, and fans founded the Jazz Institute of Chicago in 1969, the goal was to find new audiences for all forms of jazz. To achieve that, the nonprofit institute's programming has taken on many forms itself, in its performances and educational resources alike.
Since 1979, for instance, the institute has planned the Chicago Jazz Festival, a Labor Day weekend gathering of Chicago jazz musicians as well as national and international acts. The JazzCity concert series, established in 1997, collaborates with the Chicago Park District to bring new jazz to neighborhoods through the city. Meanwhile, at the NextGenJazz program, young musicians are given residencies at the Drake Hotel, where they can refine their skills and dedicate tunes to their all-time favorite bellhops.
Besides showcasing jazz through live concerts, the institute helps nurture the next wave of jazz talent with its Jazz Links program. Since 2003, Jazz Links has hosted monthly student jam sessions and even enlisted students to perform at venues like Millenium Park. Jazz Links has likewise assisted more seasoned musicians and instructors with opportunities such as public high school residences and a summer camp for jazz band teachers.
Many things have been done for charity, but creating an entirely new restaurant to support a single cause is not usually one of them. From March 12 to April 14, however, Italian restaurant Ripasso is doing just that by unveiling Red-Headed Stepchild, a gourmet eatery that blends Irish and Italian culinary traditions in meals designed to serve a singular purpose: raise money for the youth rugby teams of Chicago. In service of this mission, the typically Italian chefs are creating a menu filled with staples of the Emerald Isle from scratch. House-cured corned beef and sausage and house-baked rye rolls mingle with the restaurants regular deliveries of local ingredients and Italian mandolin solos to create such progressive fusion dishes as corned beef sliders adorned with Carr Valley cheese and poached quail eggs. Craft breweries in the area are even creating signature beers exclusively for the restaurant's fundraising efforts.
Since a portion of all proceeds will be donated to youth rugby, diners who harbor a special fondness for a particular team may request that their money goes to support it. The fundraiser closes with Ruck for the Kids, a battle between celebrity chefs to see who can make a tastier dish and say "aioli" ten times fast.
With four locations speckled across Chicagoland, The Goddess and Grocer pairs the menu of a gourmet deli with the packed shelves of a specialty grocery store. Muffins, scones, and croissants are baked in-house, wafting the scents of melting butter and sugar over a sandwich counter reminiscent of a giant artist’s palette. There, custom sandwiches take shape from 11 breads and wraps, 7 deli meats, 9 cheeses, 12 vegetables, and an assortment of condiments that covers everything from cranberry-tinged mayonnaise to horseradish sauce. A few fixed staples are on hand to simplify decisions, however, including an egg-salad sandwich that Chicago magazine placed on its list of the 50 Best Sandwiches in Chicago, praising it as "a testament to the sheer power of simplicity."
The Goddess and Grocer also assembles bag lunches as well as picnic hampers for patrons looking to enjoy a bite by the lake or to bait a Yogi Bear. To round out these meals, the staff can include high-end, specialty items from the grocery section, including handmade chocolates, artisanal cheeses, mustards and dressings, and wine and beer. Alternatively, they can cater gourmet breakfast, lunch, or dinner for large gatherings and celebrations.
Originally founded in 1957, Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and facilitates performances of arts rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. More than 700 accredited music, dance, theater, and visual-arts courses expand the cultural horizons of students of all ages and abilities, and more than 300 concerts and events reach more than 200,000 audience members every year.
Founder Frank Hamilton hoped that through his nonprofit academy "teacher and student would be partners in learning." Today, the school continues that tradition, fostering supportive learning environments that draw from an accessible education model. The school also presents performances by internationally known touring artists and Chicago's local artists—as well as its own staff and students—nearly every weekend, with free world-music concerts on Wednesday nights. Old Town School operates three facilities in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square, including one 425-seat and two 150-seat concert halls, 64 classrooms, two music stores, a café, and a resource center.
Before opening Aroma Workshop with wife Liz Muckley in 1993, Tedd Neenan pursued his love of nostril charming by earning an aromatherapy certification under Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt at the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. Neenan's scent expertise informs the store's selection of more than 100 perfumes and essential oils, which customers can mix to create a signature scent during a process that Where magazine calls "quick, painless—and lots of fun." After customers name their new trademark fragrances and enter them into the store's scent-o-dex for future recall, they can transmit the scents into perfume oils, colognes, or dozens of skin and bodycare products, thereby eliminating the need to stitch pine cones to their blazers to smell fresh. Neenan's neat shop—its wraparound glass shelves are stacked with vials and bottles––has also attracted the keen noses of Lucky, Self, and Chicago magazine reporters, who note its extensive selection and expert staff, which includes a professional perfumer.
Since Esquire named The Drawing Room one of America's best bars in 2011, the subterranean den has undergone changes that have only added to its air of elegance and tradition. Chief mixologist Sergio Serna has ceded his mixers and martini glasses to apprentices Owen Worley and Will Patton, whose culinary cocktails evince a level of artistry that goes far beyond mere competence.
There’s no one secret to the bartenders’ craft, but one might boil it down to an essential three: fresh ingredients, house-made mixers, and small-batch spirits. Whether crafting an MadHattan with Templeton Rye and Punt e Mes, or mixing a Hemingway daiquiri with the barrel of an elephant gun, they gladly walk guests through the process. Chef Brian Beverly shares his counterpart’s obsession with fresh ingredients, crafting progressive American dishes with seasonal inspirations. The bar’s décor lives up to the food and drink with its shaded chandeliers and velvet chairs that slide together to form cushy loveseats.
Danny Gabriner's first business model was a little odd: he wanted to bake 1,000 loaves of bread, and give them all away. It turned out to be a winning proposition, though, charming friends, neighbors, and strangers into supporting his newly proposed bakery, Sour Flour. In addition to crafting artisanal breads, Danny saw Sour Flour's mission incorporating education, whether it came through teaching people to appreciate good bread with a free loaf or instructing them in the process of baking some of their very own.
While he still doesn't operate out of a formal brick and mortar location,
Danny shares the fruits of his labor in breadbaskets across the city. He sticks to his philanthropic roots, too, spearheading Bagel Monday at La Victoria Bakery, in which bakers gift fresh, free bagels to all comers. Classes at La Victoria are taught by Sour Flour Breaducator Cat Shimizu, who teaches students how to care for their wild yeast starter, bake rustic loaves, and figure out when a crust is ready to molt.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
According to the traditional Chinese practice of reflexology, the feet hold the key to improving function in almost every part of the body. Acupressure points on the soles of the feet serve as a corporeal switchboard with each section of the foot corresponding to a specific part of the body. Jennifer Liu was able to see these holistic benefits firsthand while working for an acupuncturist in China, so she opened Luxury Reflexology Massage & Relaxation Retreat to share this treatment with stressed Chicagoans.
During each session, clients recline on sofa-like massage beds as the therapists manipulate their soles with firm finger and palm pressure in semiprivate rooms decorated with cherry-blossom murals and flat-screen televisions. Strokes are made smoother with unscented lotions and oils that spare allergic reactions and sensitive noses. Liu says that more than 90 percent of her clients return for another session and that patrons who receive regular treatments enjoy better sleep.