1 Bambu A more relaxed (and economical) addition to clothing stores down the street. 1937 N. Damen Ave.; 773-278-7877
2 Clever Alice This avant-garde women’s boutique relocated to Bucktown in November. 1920 N. Damen Ave.; 773-276-2444
3 Michael Del Piero Good Design A boutique/studio space full of worldly furniture and accessories approved by a high-end interior designer. 1914 N. Damen Ave.; 773-772-3000
4 White Attic We’re fans of the owner, Terry Ledford, because of the impeccable sense of color and style he gives each restored chair, table, and bureau. 1842 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-8844
5 Mongo Home Salvage experts from Architectural Artifacts and Urban Remains partner up to bring already-repurposed items, ranging from chairs to an Argentinean foosball table, to us. 1753 N. Damen Ave.; 773-486-6200
6 LeSportsac Stella McCartney designs are a big draw at this newcomer. 1727 N. Damen Ave.; 773-227-1080
7 Joe’s Jeans This premium-denim outpost carries a surprisingly great selection of tops and jackets. 1715 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-1715
8 P.45 This neighborhood staple for emerging labels recently underwent a sleek overhaul. 1643 N. Damen Ave.; 773-862-4523
9 Todd’s Wine This independent answer to large beverage chains has priced 150 wines under $25. 1616 N. Damen Ave.; 312-698-9952
› Parking along Damen Avenue is entirely a matter of luck. Best bet? Turn off onto Wabansia Avenue or Willow Street for spots.
› For a preshopping pick-me-up brunch, our favorite spot is HotChocolate (1747 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-1747) for its brioche French toast with Meyer lemon curd and sweet cream ($10). Yum.
› They may not appreciate this shout out, but Chipotle (1733 N. Damen Ave.; 773-772-5713) has a clean, accessible restroom.