Merz Apothecary

Can’t make it to this beloved, jam-packed Lincoln Square apothecary, founded in 1875? Now you can find it—and its 13,000 salves and tinctures—online.
4716 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-0900,

Home Decor

Architectural Artifacts

This ginormous showroom contains remnants of demolished buildings from near and far.
4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-348-0622,

A lamp from Jayson Home
Jayson Home

Jayson Home

Designphiles make pilgrimages to this sophisticated furniture store—especially when there’s a big sale (the next one hits in July).
1885 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-248-8180,


Wrightwood Furniture Co.

Get great deals on factory-direct Indo-colonial, industrial, and French country furniture.
3036 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-687-9210,



This shop carries mainly tween sizes (with some grown-up ones mixed in) from lines such as Roxy, Kings of Cole, and Ella Moss.
2138 W. Roscoe St., 773-661-9481,

A plush animal from Rotofugi


Like an art gallery of toys, this Lake View store displays vinyl pieces that are commonplace in Tokyo but less so here. Hardcore collectors geek out over Coarse toys from Hong Kong and Squat figurines from Austin, Texas, while kiddos can find something cute for under 10 bucks.
2780 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-868-3308,

Men’s and Women’s Apparel



As of March, you’ll find shoes for gals and guys, in addition to women’s (Halston Heritage, MM6) and men’s (Original Penguin, Citizen) casualwear.
1419 N. Wells St., 312-664-2222,

Women’s Apparel

Luxury Garage Sale

Last August, Chicago named Luxury Garage Sale the city’s best new store for vintage clothing and accessories. And the stream of ladies-who-lunch favorites (Chanel, Lanvin, Valentino) continues to flow unabated.
1658 N. Wells St., 312-291-9126,


Union Handmade

At this North Center design collective, you’ll find—you guessed it—handmade clothing and accessories from several local designers, including Kara Hetz’s hammered silver earrings with semiprecious stones and Nancy Melvin’s lovely white cotton nightgowns.
3860 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-348-1400,

Women’s Shoes

À Pied

This Roscoe Village gem specializes in small brands, including edgy Jeffrey Campbell (who named the Trudy pump after shop owner Trudy Robinson-Foley) and the mecca of clogs, Swedish Hasbeens.
2037 W. Roscoe St., 773-281-2210,


Alexis Cozzini
Alexis Cozzini


Citizen Stone

Alexis Cozzini, owner

Less than a year after flooding destroyed her upscale Gold Coast boutique Sarca, Cozzini has reinvented herself with this store, tucked away in a Lincoln Park loft. It carries clothing, cookbooks, dog beds, tableware, and more.

How she buys: “I focus on items not easily found in our market. That elusive beauty line or that amazing tabletop piece.”

Latest obsession: LooHoo wool dryer balls. “They are nontoxic, wallet-friendly, nonallergenic, and they last for a year.”

1440 N. Dayton St., 312-624-9062,