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Jeweler's Row at Wabash and Monroe: Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Jeweler's Row at Wabash and Monroe really puts a sparkle in my eye. Shoppers can choose from a variety of jewelers of different specialities. Shopping for engagement rings? You can have them custom designed, select your own diamond, etc etc.
What to buy: Diamonds, gold, precious gems, silver, etc etc
What to pay: anywhere from affordable to extravagant. It's really a buyer's market
Beatnix: Wild Wild Clothing
Used and new threads and jewelry. There are some good buys on club clothing. The window displays are, at times, nasty as hell.
What to buy: Leather jacket, crazy t-shirts, freaky pants, wigs, a new life.
What to pay: $10-$100 depends
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Pump: Women's Shoes & More
I'm not one to walk into a woman's shoe store on my own but if your female compatriot wants to then . . . .
They definitely did have some fabulous looking shoes and boots!
What to buy: Here's a description of the "Pump" store from Chicago Magazine: "Pump is a shoe fanatic’s new home away from home. Flirty, ultra-feminine styles from Carlos Molina and pointy pumps from Steven, by Steve Madden, mix with Glenda Gies handbags made from vintage fabrics."
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H&M: Funky, Trendy, and Cheap!
H&M also has locations across Europe and in NYC. The new Chicago store is huge with all kinds of fun, stylish clothes at affordable prices. They have everything from punk to retro to preppy styles.
What to buy: Especially if you're from a smaller town, Chicago is a great place to shop and see the latest styles.
What to pay: I would say you can can great tops and pants in the $20-$40 range.
LuLu's at the Belle Kay: Upscale Vintage
Lulu's specializes in upscale vintage women's clothing, jewelry and accessories. The shop has a very retro feel. Their clothing is in impeccable condition and the prices reflect that. Most of their stock seems to be from the Fifties and they have a nice selection of vintage gowns. It's a beautiful shop, with well conditioned clothing, but a little too pricey in my opinion. The store is so well-appointed that it's a fun place to browse on a Sunday afternoon.
What to buy: This is one of the great places to shop if you're truly in the market for some exceptional vintage pieces.
What to pay: They are very expensive, but their merchandise is in excellent condition.
H&M: Oh My God!!!
Ok so if you have read any of my other shopping tips, you probably noticed that I'm a big H&M fan. I discovered it when I was in Europe, and immediately fell in love. Well, when I came back to the West Coast I was very disappointed to find out that there were only a handful of H&Ms on the East Coast and no mail-order catalog...I mean I would have made special trips to LA just to go to H&M if there were one there.
Well, there is a brand new H&M in Chicago and when I found out it was there, I almost peed my pants. Seriously, I was so excited that I wouldn't stop talking about it the whole way home. I though Dylan was going to ditch me right there in the middle of Chicago.
Anyway, I guess the H&M in Chicago opened last September and has been a mad house ever since. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was a zoo in there, but it was the H&M
I know and love so I didn't care.
What to buy: H&M has everything: Womens' Clothing, Mens' Clothing, Children's Clothing, Plus Sizes, and Lingerie. Their clothes are pretty affordable and totally up to date.
What to pay: It depends on what you're looking for...you can buy panites and earrings for $5 or jeans for $50
Hollywood Mirror: Alternative clothing
Hollywood Mirror is a thrift shop, essentially, but imagine a store with only the best items - those items that you spend hours rummaging through salvation army for. The store has a great attitude, as well as great decor.
What to buy: I love the hooded sweatshirts. Racks and racks of them, for only $12 each.
What to pay: $25 will buy you an outfit, complete with shoes.
Lori's Designer Shoes: Shoe Heaven
Lori's is located in the heart of Lincoln Park on stylish Armitage Avenue, where you will find Chicago's trendiest and most fashionable array of independent boutiques. Lori's is definately a destination but you will find lots of other shops to spend your money as well. Good place to get away from the crowds of Michigan Avenue.
What to buy: This 5000 sq. ft. space is a mecca for designer shoes, handbags and jewelry. Former boyfriends have commented that this is one place that where there is absolutely nothing for them to buy.
What to pay: Lori's discounts off designer prices b/w 10 and 20%
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The Alley: Local Shopping is a short El ride away.
The Alley is a Chicago institution with tons of leather goods for men and women. The place looks like an old time Chicago theatre and has a cavernous interior to house all the unique goods that only the Alley has.
What to buy: Leather jackets, pants, skirts, boots, concert T-shirts, rock and roll patches and the creme-de-la-creme, Chicago Police Jackets! If you ever wanted to look like a Chicago cop, this is the place to go! The jackets only have a small mark on the shoulder patch that indicate that the coats are not in actual use.
What to pay: $10-$250 depending on what you buy.
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