FansEdge bestows sports enthusiasts with a selection of more than 1 million officially licensed NCAA, NFL, NBA, and NFL products to proclaim team loyalty. Cubs fans can brandish a personalized jersey ($99.99), and time-displaced youth can bask in the familiar glow of a Baltimore Colts Johnny Unitas T-shirt, emblazoned with an original logo ($21.99). Bulls fanatics can enshrine their laptops in bold Chicago colors inside a 15-inch laptop sleeve ($39.99) or seat a workplace mouse atop a Bulls graphic mouse pad ($9.99). Not content to outfit people and electronics alone, FansEdge also carries a selection of mantelpiece collectibles, including signed football helmets and the costumes of retired mascots.
Each season, the trend watchers at Click Shoes scrutinize the latest footwear, adopting only the most fashion-forward styles into the boutique's collection of both casual and outlandish kicks. Designed to resemble a walk-in closet or armoire portal to Narnia, the store's shelves rise with designer shoes, including pumps, flats, and boots. Lining the walls, accessories and handbags sidle up to racks of apparel from brands such as Bailey 44, Jeffrey Campbell, Wooden Ships, and Sam Edelman. Chic pairs of booties hug ankles like affectionate bunnies while hats and scarves complete the latest ensembles.
Since 1994, Wingstop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki. Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wingstop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.
Strange Cargo offers hundreds of designs, ranging from stupid to artsy to political. Check out their amazing selection of t-shirts of all themes and subjects, including animals, booze, sayings, sports, Chicago artists, and much more. From classic vintage to creative contemporary, you will find something you love: A t-shirt design that reaches your soul. For Mr. Groupon, it's this Robin Yount 1982 MVP t-shirt. (Only the good Lord knows how much I love that man.) But for you, it could be anything from "Da Coach" to White Lightning to "I Like Toast." Beer enthusiasts have many designs to choose from, as do cute young revolutionaries hoping to express their admiration of Che Guevara. Just don't go blowing up any buildings, kids! (Cubs short-stop Ryan Theriot: Are you reading this? Because you could get a Ryan Theriot t-shirt of your very own, and express your self-love on your chest. Just a suggestion.)
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
When fitting athletic shoes, the technicians at Universal Sole go above and beyond simple foot measuring. The knowledgeable staff uses Video Gate Analysis to customers find the most fitted and comfortable shoe. They watch you walk and jog on a treadmill to determine your foot's specific biomechanics, then they select which shoe will keep your feet stable and supported during workouts. The store's footwear brands, such as Nike and Adidas, are built for workouts of all kind, but Universal Sole puts particular emphasis on running. The site lists neighborhood run routes and training plans to get customers ready for their first 5K or 10K. Store hours are Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the Village Market Place.