The Five Items that Define Our Favorite Stores

BY: | 7.3.2014 |

The Five Items that Define Our Favorite StoresThe Chicagoland shops we hit up when we need vintage eyewear, Godzilla action figures, collector’s handbags, and Neanderthal tools.

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Winifred Grace | Andersonville

In just 20 minutes, this boutique can stamp bronze jewelry with custom codes and messages. Owner Winifred Gundeck picks her favorite pieces.

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Isle of Man | North Center

Inside the menswear store so manly that they build their own furniture in the backroom. You know, the one past the Italian motorbikes.

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Monster Island Toys | Bridgeport

Rampage down memory lane with help from this South Side toy store, the home of Godzilla and Ghidorah (he’s the one with three heads).

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Down to Earth Dave's Rock Shop | Evanston

Dave Douglass opened his shop 44 years ago. Compared to his cave bear skeleton and Neanderthal hand tools, that’s practically yesterday.

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Lab Rabbit Optics | Ukrainian Village

Owner Coyote DeGroot on how he started an “optical speakeasy” in his bedroom. Plus, our favorite frames at the company’s chic storefront.

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Merz Apothecary | Lincoln Square

The historic shop's president Anthony Qaiyum picks five items any self-respecting gentleman should keep in his shaving kit.

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Christkindlmarket | The Loop

Daley Plaza’s annual market has table ribbons from the Saxony Mountains and wooden ornaments carved in Bethlehem. Also, sausage.

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Paper Doll | Ukrainian Village

How do the sisters who own this adorable shop choose its jewelry and home goods? Simple: they pick what they like.

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Eskell | Wicker Park

Sift through leather jackets, feminine blouses, and pheromone-based perfumes at this Milwaukee Avenue gem.

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Haberdash | River North

The best complement for your "1000 Mile" Wolverine boots? A fisherman's cap made of cashmere, naturally.

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Randolph Street Market | West Loop

Mid-century collectors, lovers of Americana, and Abe Lincoln aficionados alike unearth treasures at the award-winning monthly bazaar.

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Vintage Charm | La Grange

At this suburban shop, you can buy gifty items like wine-scented candles and beaded bracelets, or just stop in for a visual pick-me-up.

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Northern Grade Pop-Up Market | The Loop

Looking for a pair of eyeglasses made of wood salvaged from the Mississippi? Put down your snorkel and head to Millennium Park.

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Luxury Garage Sale | Old Town

Skip eBay and head to this shop for modern and vintage consignment pieces from iconic brands such as Chanel and Oscar de la Renta.