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It may lack the glitz and glam of LA and, for some, live in the shadow of New York, but the Second City has serious style — and is indisputably a first-rate shopping destination. Michigan Avenue's big-box shops and the international couture houses on Oak Street make up part of the equation, but for shopping experiences you can't get anywhere else, look to the city's amazing range of independently-owned stores.
From Andersonville to Hyde Park, there are more opportunities for only-in-Chicago retail therapy than you could comfortably cover in a weekend — featuring all manner of goods, too. This list of 19 homegrown gems includes everything from a game-changing boutique for women's fashion to an international streetwear powerhouse to a century-old apothecary.
So pack an extra bag because by the end of your trip, your suitcase will be stuffed to the brim with treasures like locally designed clothes, hard-to-find international labels, vintage jewelry, and then some.Read More