Now that the weather is finally cooperating, it’s time to indulge in one of the great pleasures of a Chicago afternoon: strolling around various neighborhoods, poking into the cool independent stores that help give the city character. To get the most out of your wanderings, check out this highly curated list of 44 terrific newbies and tried-and-true gems that sell everything from apparel to antiques. Plus: 10 terrific sales and events to put on your calendar.