This under-the-radar showroom (by appointment only) is an education for the eye.
5 E. Goethe St., 312-787-6123, branca.com
The Golden Triangle
A River North treasure chest of Asian antiques, from tiny vessels to enormous gates.
330 N. Clark St., 312-755-1266, goldentriangle.biz
Amazing costume baubles from the 1920s to the 1980s.
900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-888-9149, lulusbellekay.com
Custom wool suits are the draw at this pricey Gold Coast den of dapperness.
9 E. Huron St., 312-496-3994, fredericklynn.com
Impeccably embellished garments designed by rising star Azeeza Khan.
900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-649-9373, azeeza.us
No sign on the door. Balenciaga, Marni, etc., inside.
212 W. Chicago Ave., 312-202-0047
For lovers of high fashion with an edge, this red-lacquered store is unmissable.
15 E. Huron St., 312-587-1000, ikram.com
Stylist Sararose Krenger offers eco-friendly dresses—plus image consulting.
67 E. Oak St., 773-654-3421, sararosekrenger.com
Mark Gill and Tina Kourasis, owners
When Gill and Kourasis opened VMR (Vintage Modern Resale) last summer, they brought consignment in Chicago to new heights (think Lanvin, Missoni, Alaïa).
How it works: Make an appointment or request a house call. “We identify gaps in clients’ closets and find what they need,” says Kourasis.
Hottest ticket: “I recently went to the Gucci Museum in Florence, and lo and behold, I saw a floral Gucci dress that we have in the shop,” says Gill.
Secret weapon: “Yvonne, who alters every garment to perfection,” says Gill.
34 E. Oak St., 7th floor, 312-649-6673, vmrchicago.com
An unfailingly stellar collection of hard-to-find beauty products, men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, and home furnishings.
900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-751-1519, space519.com