Shopping Around: Find the Best Boutiques By Neighborhood

These nine boutiques offer a little something for everyone.

From Hyde Park to Wicker Park, no matter what neighborhood you’re visiting in Chicago, you’ll find an eclectic mix of retail gems all across the city. These unique boutiques are full of one-of-a-kind vintage finds, handcrafted clothing for men, women and baby, kitschy home décor, collectors items and more from national designers as well as DIY local artisans. After spending a day shopping, your only issue will be trying to figure out how to pack it all into your suitcase (though there’s options to shop for luggage, too). Here are our top shops across each neighborhood and notes on exactly what you can find inside to fit your personal style.


With accolades from Women’s Wear Daily and as the go-to spot for Chicago celebs, FELT offers fashion with a personal touch. The shop has a rotating stock of established designers and brand favorites (Marimekko, Citizens of Humanity) along with emerging talent in the fashion world. Owners Catherine and Holly hand select items that help clients build a personalized wardrobe, one curated ensemble at a time whether it’s a fitted jumpsuit or a custom jewelry piece. 2317 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.772.5000,


Three sisters bring glitter and glam to the Chicago retail scene at Bow & Arrow, where you can grab everything from kitschy cocktail shakers and shiny tassels to the most amazing smelling candles. The gift store also doubles as a creative learning space with a wide range of workshops. Step up your party invitation game with a calligraphy lesson or learn to shake up a signature drink with a mixology 101 class. 1815 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.661.1915,


Digging the effortlessly cool staff uniforms at Soho House or Momotaro? You have locals Stock MFG to thank for their bespoke design, crafted here in Chicago at their very own local factory. The menswear brand has a hand in creating the clothing and aprons that adorn staff at some of Chicago’s hottest spots, but stop by their storefront to be fitted in their threads for a night off shift, too. The hometown brand offers everything from basic tees to retro-tinged buttondowns, as well as outerwear. Play a few rounds of pool while shopping too. 2136 W. Fulton St., 312.371.1555,


Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you have to grow up, especially when shopping at Rotofugi. The designer toy store and art gallery focuses on a variety of cool finds, from small vinyl toys and plushes to limited-edition high-end collectibles. Make sure to check out their calendar, too, since the space also operates as a gallery to host some major names in art and design with events like a recent tokidoki brand pop-up store. 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.868.3308,


Find (or buy) your inner green thumb at Sprout Home, a little piece of mother nature tucked away among the concrete jungle. If you feel like digging your hands into the earth, you can sign up for classes to build your own terrarium, or purchase a pre-made one from their wide selection. Sprout also offers customizable floral displays, a variety of houseplants and planters and a carefully curated selection of home goods. You’ll come in for a housewarming gift but leave with your own new houseplant. 745 N. Damen Ave., 312.226.5950,


Old is new again at Modern Cooperative, a slice of retro heaven for Mid-Century Modern fans. The Hyde Park shop specializes in picking out and restoring vintage home furnishings from the ‘60s and ‘70s, while also offering contemporary design that still has a throwback vibe. But you’ll find more than the Danish Modern couch of your dreams at Modern Cooperative. Owners Mike and Tiffany include local artists in the mix, with items from over 75 Chicago makers for sale. 1500 E. 53rd St., 872.244.7477,


Head to a weekend flea market in the south of France without putting another stamp on your passport by stepping into P.O.S.H. The River North shop has been serving up European vintage finds since 1997, specializing in unique finds in mint condition, from vintage silverware to brightly painted pottery. Looking for the perfect housewarming gift for the friend who has everything? Bet they don’t have an antique biscuit warmer, which you can find at P.O.S.H. 613 N. State St., 312.280.1602,


Transistor is a shop having an identity crisis in the best way possible. It’s a gallery space, a record store and a print shop, as well as a recording studio. Crate dig for vinyl and find the record player to spin it on, or pick up handmade art with a Chicago focus. The shop also carries a variety of wearable Chicago pride, from T-shirts to tote bags. Feeling inspired? Book a session in the performance and recording spaces. 5224 N. Clark St., 872.208.5877,


This kids’ shop curates a rotating selection of clothing, toys and books for babies to young teens, offering consignment as well when they’ve grown out of it. The shop also has a strong focus on giving back, donating clothing and pledging $1 to local nonprofits for every dollar sold. 1600 W. Montrose Ave., 773.592.9526,