Fash­ion/food

LUXE City Guides - Chicago - - Lincoln Park -

Get lost in this lovely lake­side nabe, packed with leafy charm and the city’s yummy mummy quo­tient. Be­gin at 2210 N Hal­sted (near W Web­ster) and dive gam-first into denim den Blues Jean Bar / 773 248 5326 / blues­jean­bar.com, with beloved names from Earnest Sewn to Paige. Bound right and hop down N Hal­sted to #2154 Calvin Tran / 773 529 4070 / calv­in­tran.com / for vi­brant colour­block wraps and dresses, and sis­ter store CT212 at #2130 / 773 904 8652 / car­ry­ing more ca­sual, well-tailored ev­ery­day pieces. Out­fit the pre­cious lit­tle bur­dens next at #2116 gig­gle / 773 296 6228 / gig­gle.com / with mod nurs­ery gear and baby ba­sics, and the bright and airy Mon­ica and Andy at #2038 / 773 697 7968 / mon­i­caan­dandy.com / with sweet togs plus cutesy blankies, bibs and pressies. Waltz on to #2014 He­len Ficalora / 773 883 2014 / he­lenf­icalora.com / home to pretty mono­grammed neck­laces, then shoot right and hang a left on W Ar­mitage for Com­fort Me Bou­tique at #701 / 312 255 1412 / com­fort­mebou­tique.com / full of dreamy, body and soul-nour­ish­ing clothes made lo­cally by fairtrade ar­ti­sans. Exit left and con­tinue on to find Lori’s Shoes at #824 / 773 281 5655 / loris­shoes.com / with Pay­less-style shoe­box stacks, where there is some de­cent booty to be dis­cov­ered. Pop across to #815 Mcshane’s Ex­change / 773 525 0282 / mc­shane­sex­change.com / the go-to for preloved threads and Mano­los, and equally chic Se­cond Time Around at #823 / 773 698 6260 / sec­ond­timearound.net / for more de­signer re­sale. Exit left and All She Wrote on the cor­ner at #825 / 773 529 0100 / all­shewrote.com / has sta­tionery and girly gifts for the nos­tal­gic and the tech­pho­bic. Kitty-cross to ar­ti­san tem­ple Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages at #840 / 773 327 6453 / ten­t­hou­sandvil­lages.com / for hand­crafted home decor, fash ac­ces­sories and gifts sourced from around the globe. Pecky, Becky? Snag a sarnie and cuppa at #843 Blue Door Farm­stand / 773 935 2583 / blue­door­farm­stand.com. Next door is the prep­ster­centric Bono­bos Guideshop at #845 (see Adv. Shop­ping), a to­tally C.21st shop ser­vice where stylish guys can get mea­sured then or­der perf-tailored pieces on­line. Nifty! Left out ladies frock up at Shop 857 at, err, #857 / 773 525 1180 / shop857.com. Fur­ther on at #919, Pa­per Source / 773 525 7300 / pa­per­source.com / has...duh! Next at #925 are the ul­tra-luxe, ul­tra-wear­able al­paca and pima-cot­ton pieces from pretty Peru­vian Con­nec­tion / 773 975 4088 / pe­ru­vian­con­nec­tion.com. Exit right, then right into N Bis­sell, where An­nette’s Ital­ian Ice at #2009 / 773 868 9000 / Aprnov / has a walk-up win­dow for frozen con­fec­tions, or re­trace and right into W Ar­mitage, across to thigh-bust­ing dough­nut heaven #939 Glazed & In­fused (see Coffee), and top it off with a visit to #951 Vos­ges Haut Chocolat (see Stand. Stores) choc par­adise, fig­ure be damned. At #1007 is Laudi Vidni (see Adv. Shop.) for cus­tom leather hand­bags, and #1009 Green God­dess / 773 281 5600 / the­green­god­dess bou­tique.com / has eco-chic yoga and loungewear. Cross and skip up the stairs to fin­ish at the ex­pertly-edited fash nook Soñador #1006 / 773 799 8084 / son­ador­bou­tique. com. Shop­per star! Now it’s a breezy 2-min cab ride to Ho­tel Lin­coln, where sceney rooftop J. Parker (see Bars) waits with li­ba­tions and a mean Lake Mich panorama.

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