Nothinâ€™ beats the opening of some new Chicago shops just in time for holiday shopping! With a range of genresâ€”clothing, household items and foodâ€”and multiple price levels, thereâ€™s no possible way you wonâ€™t find something on which you can spend your holiday bonus. Check out the list below.
If youâ€™re into Parisian apothecary goods that cost a small fortune, you can soon enough spend half a Benjamin on a baby-sized candle in Wicker Park.
Diptyque | 1645 North Damen Avenue
Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Damir Doma and hot, hot employees. The most hidden of all gems, I walked up and down Oak Street before finding this baby, and damn was it a find. If youâ€™re not into that dark, drapey vampire look, itâ€™s definitely worth stopping by just to check out the doorman. Meeeeowwwww.
Gallery Aesthete | 46 East Oak Street
Youâ€™re so dope, uh, like Louboutins with the red bottoms! Yuh gotta have â€˜em, yuh glad you got â€˜em! Hova said it best. We heard this store opens sometime this week when we checked out the supposed location last weekend, and the signature red carpet had been lain. Thatâ€™s right folks, this magical Oak Street pop-up is happening, and hopefully in the near, near future.
Christian Louboutin | 58 East Oak Street
Another Oak Street addition, butâ€¦When does this open? How can I get a job here? Has anyone seen cuter window graphics? The world may never know.
Lanvin | 114 East Oak Street
Iâ€™m totally bitter that I didnâ€™t receive an invitation to the opening party, but then again, who actually likes Burberry plaid, anyway? B.A.S.I.C. [Ed. Note: Mack speaks for herself on this one. C.L.A.S.S.I.C] But isnâ€™t the exterior gorgeous? Almost TOO gorgeous for the atrocity that is Michigan Avenue. Will you endure the tourism trap to peek inside?
Burberry | 633 North Michigan Avenue
Â New on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park, this upscale Abercrombie & Fitch really tugged at my junior high heart. While the moose logo is nowhere to be found, the similar rugby, cabin in the woods sexy look totally is.
Scotch & Soda | 1651 North Damen Avenue
Though tea is an extra-tea-rrestrial idea for a fervent coffee consumer like myself, Davidâ€™s Tea is to-tea-lly cute and the staff is super friendly. I mean SUPER friendly, like you might not be able to handle the intensi-tea behind their greeting. If you can muster up the courage and fake smile oolong enough, try Splash! Absolu-tea-ly tan-tea-lizing.
David’s Tea | 1645 North Damen Avenue
Opened as of the 17th, this homegoods store is moderately priced and caters to the â€œmodern Midwesternerâ€, and I am nothing if not that. Brought to you by Ork Posters, carrying many art items produced in the midwest.
Neighborly | 2003 West Montrose Avenue
Watch out Uprise, thereâ€™s a new skate shop in town! Long-time street wear shop, Leaders, has opened a new skate shop in Hyde Park. Even if youâ€™re not a sk8r gurl, donâ€™t h8! You might be able to snag a hawt s8r boi just in time for cuff season.
LdrsSKATE | 1015 East 53rd Street
Another Oak Street addition, stop by Apartment 9â€™s pop-up shop featuring Seize sur Vingt, Wendi Reed, Aframs, Troglodyte Homunculus and Bougie to list a few. Donâ€™t let your POS Chicago studio be the only apartment you frequent this season.
Apartment Number 9: Popup | 67 East Oak Street