Choose from more than 60 hand-selected wines, a parade of seasonal cocktails, and a hearty assemblage of craft beers that changes from week to week. Chef Marianne Sundquist crafted In Fine Spirits' menu of seasonal American plates to include locally farmed, artisan, and organic products whenever possible. Complement a fiery spirit, in a glass or in a soul-capsule, with a colorful variety of olives ($5), or savor a cold plate of duck confit rillette in brown sugar, five spice, and thyme ($6). Gourmet flatbreads ($9–$10) sate carb cravings, while hot plates ($8–$14) fill substantial appetites. All menus shift seasonally, proving In Fine Spirits is part of the natural order and not an android posing as a dining destination.
As much a social enterprise as a fashion boutique, fiveAccessories aims to provide artisans around the world with a living wage by offering consumers an array of fair-trade, eco-friendly products. Craftsfolk from Bali, Honduras, Cambodia, India, and low-income areas of the U.S. utilize a number of recycled materials, such as mosquito nets, motorcycle seats, and mosquitoes’ tiny aviator goggles, to craft sustainable fashion accessories and home decorations. Each purchase helps pay artisans a fair price for their work, resulting in a bolstered income and standard of living for dozens of international families throughout the company’s history.
Shopping at Greenola Style is not only about investing in new fashion staples—it's also about supporting international female entrepreneurs. The Fair Trade Organization sends its Chicago-designed printed dresses, color-blocked button-downs, and jewelry to female artisans from Bolivia and Kenya. At their local workshops, the women use native style elements from their culture, such as cotton Kitenge fabric and colorful striped-textile accents, to give each garment a global feel. The result: a collection of apparel and accessories that infuses unique international accents into up-to-the-minute trends.
Cassona's owner, Alma Gutierrez, developed her eclectic furnishing sensibilities during cross-continental treks through Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. The designs Alma encountered in remote artisan shops and markets dazzled her, re-forging her aesthetic sense into that of a bohemian tastemaker. Opening a carefully curated store allowed the consummate collector to satisfy her desire for discovering singular furnishings without drowning her own living space. Cassona, which takes its name from the Spanish word for mansion, boasts a sumptuous Andersonville location, where rustic, centuries-old furniture and home accessories sit alongside sleek, contemporary designs, each vying for customers’ attention with stories of their exotic origins, sought-after creators, and dreams of furnishing model-UN competitions.
Nestled between antique stores and brunch meccas on Andersonville’s length of Clark Street, Turley Road propagates the thread of the neighborhood’s whimsical yet elegant boutiques with its cache of locally designed women’s apparel. Owner Angela honed her keen eye for fashion as a clothing designer for Bucktown’s Studio 90 label, and champions flowing, elegant silhouettes, playful patterns, and vibrant hues. Pieces by Neesh by D.A.R. display ruched and layered fabrics, while the Comfy collection’s low hemlines and relaxed fits prove more cozy and relaxed than a kitten in a track suit. Many sizes go up to XL, making Turley Road a coveted destination for fuller-figured femmes. Accompaniments to fine wardrobes await as well, with attachés and luggage to belts and necklaces that highlight ensembles with underscored elegance.
Akira swaddles customers from clavicle to toe with a collection of trendy apparel from more than 200 designer brands crafted by foreign, domestic, and Chicago fabricsmiths. Women, men, and mannequins can browse a selection of clothing and accessories that includes the signature looks of Jeffrey Campbell and Boy London. Akira has cooperated with such endeavors as Generation Y, which fosters artistic expression in Chicago public schools.