Fash­ion/life­style

LUXE City Guides - Chicago - - Division St / Wicker Park -

An easy, two-street itin. to fire straight through. Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion means it’s be­come con­sumer-cen­tric, but it still rocks a vibey, lo­cal edge with great restos and bars. Note some shops are closed Mon. Al­righty, Kylie, com­mence your shopfest at Kiz / 2035 W Divi­sion (near N Hoyne) / 773 278 9800 / shop­kiz.com / a w/wear bou­tique with rock-n-roll vibe and a charm­ingly purse­friendly se­lec­tion of dresses, shirts and pants. Nip a few doors along to Pa­per Doll at #2027 / 773 227 6950 / pa­per­dollchicago.com / with charm­ing gifts, quirky cards and handy dandy wrap­ping-pa­per cor­ner. Pam­per your pooch next at the slightly cringy monikered #2023 Doggy Style / dog­gystylepet­shop.com / with tons o’ toys and even a ca­nine spa. On­wards, Mul­berry & Me at #2019 / 773 952 7551 / mul­ber­ryandme.com / has a chicly cu­rated col­lec­tion of flowy tops and flat­ter­ing skirts. Cross, not­ing din­neronly trend­ster Mi­rai Sushi at #2020 / 773 862 8500 / mi­rai sushi.com / for later, then carry on all the way to coun­terorder brunch and lunch hang­out Milk & Honey at #1920 / 773 395 9434 / milka­nd­hon­ey­cafe.com / not the NYC cock­tail bar, but a gourmet sand­wich pit­stop. If you need a pickme-up rub, nip into #1914 Red Square / 773 227 2284 / red­squarechicago.com, for­merly the Divi­sion St Rus­sian and Turk­ish Baths dat­ing from the early C.20th, but now a pris­tine sauna-slash-resto where you’ll be scrubbed like a czar, and then feast on caviar and vodka. With re­newed skin, tot­ter across to the con­cept hip ship #1913 Pene­lope’s / 773 395 2351 / shop­penelopes.com / epit­o­mis­ing the new ca­sual cool with week­end sta­ples for guys n’ gals, plus totwear and play­ful ac­ces­sories. Next door at #1911 is loft-like Uni­son Home / 773 227 3180 / unison­home.com / sell­ing vi­brant home tex­tiles and knick-knacks. Now gal­lop one long block and cross to heav­ing Chi-town BBQ + blues stal­wart #1804 Smoke Daddy / 773 772 6656 / the smokedaddy.com / with hearty plat­ters and huge out­door pa­tio. Keep trot­ting to #1744 Tril­lium / 773 698 8162 / tril­li­um­chicago.com / a favourite shop-spot for ladies who love preppy dresses, tops and ac­ces­sories. Next door at #1742 is no-fuss veg­e­tar­ian Mecca Mana Food Bar / 773 342 1742 / from 4pm Sun-fri, from noon Sat / man­afood­bar. com. Need some­thing more sub­stan­tial? Then in­dulge at lit­tle #1736 Al­liance Bak­ery / 773 278 0366 / al­liance-bak­ery. com / a frosted cup­cake cache with panache. It gets busy, so just grab and go. Pooped, my pretty? If so, head back to calm­ing Ruby Room at #1743 (see Spa) with a new-agey menu of detox ther­apy for body and spirit, as well as a beauty bou­tique and hair sa­lon for a no-less-spir­i­tual per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion. If not, carry on and take the next left into N Paulina, and then left again into N Mil­wau­kee for Koko­rokoko Vin­tage at #1323 / 773 252 6996 / koko­roko kov­in­tage.com, where a thor­ough rum­mage will yield fruits like rare 80s Un­garo and Valentino. Didn’t you do well? Re­ward your­self by nip­ping back ei­ther to Ruby Room to rest those toot­sies, Mi­rai Sushi for dreamy ni­giri, or else con­tinue down N Mil­wau­kee to find at #1360 hip­ster nabe fave An­tique Taco / 773 687 8697 / an­ti­que­taco.com. Rest your lalls, or if you’re fu­elled by car­ni­tas and tequila, the Buck­town itin­er­ary be­gins but steps away...

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