605 N. Michigan Ave., Gold Coast
The goods:Rugged but cozy apparel: varsity jackets, soft, slouchy loungewear, and leather products like boots and bags
The extras:At its Customization Workshop, you can personalize apparel and leather accessories with monograms (free) and patches (50 cents to $85). There’s also the Roots Rec Hall on the upper floor, which offers a free coworking space under a hanging canoe — finally, a work environment where sweats are encouraged.
2 Nomad Chicago
820 N. Franklin St., Near North Side
The goods:Vintage Moroccan poufs, essential oil bath balms, leather belt bags, and other products from international makers in a just-opened shop staffed by Englewood youths participating in an I Grow Chicago mentorship program
The extras:The store’s in-house café serves up cold-pressed juices and organic snacks. And if you desire Nomad’s globetrotter aesthetic for your own parties, you’re in luck: There’s also a rentable event space.
944 W. North Ave., Lincoln Park
The goods:The yoga gear, from stretchy black pants to colorful sports bras, that costumes every group of brunching besties and pram-pushing mamas from Lincoln Park to Lake View
The extras:This enormous store, which opened in July, has a loungey meditation area and two rooms that host yoga and HIIT classes ($25 each) — during which participants can try out the brand’s clothing. An onsite café serves the exact kind of food you’d expect. (Acai bowls? Check!)
4 Starbucks Reserve Roastery
646 N. Michigan Ave., Near North Side
The goods:The caffeinated drinks you know and get jittery on, plus the brand’s Reserve line, which features small-batch coffees, inventive brewing strategies, and a nearly doubled price point
The extras:Tours acquaint visitors with all 35,000 square feet of Starbucks’s largest-ever location, opening November 15. Watch the bean roasting up close as you grab artisan pizza and cocktails from buzzy Chicago mixologists.
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