Women’s Fash­ion/food

South­port Ave

LUXE City Guides - Chicago - - Bucktown / Wicker Park -

Short, sweet and sim­ple strip for well-priced, wear­able home­grown la­bels. Cab it (or ride the Brown El train to South­port) to the in­ter­sec­tion with W Roscoe, and park the ol’ grump at ei­ther of th­ese spots while you get down to retail: Rise / 3401 N South­port / 773 525 3535 / ris­esushi.com / for yum han­drolls and sake, or Crosby’s Kitchen at #3455 / 773 883 2525 / cros­byskitchen.com / for burg­ers, beers, flat screen TVS and a sunny sum­mer pa­tio. Now, with hub neatly dis­posed of, head straight for a girly treat at #3404 Jeni’s Splen­did Ice Cream / 773 348 7139 / je­nis.com / a lick­ers’ Shangri-la with quirk­some flavour com­bos like ‘toasted brioche with but­ter and apri­cot jam’ and ‘the milki­est choco­late in the world’ (ap­par­ently grass­grazed Ohio milk is the se­cret). Mmm. Sated, scoot on to Mint Julep at #3432 / 773 472 6717 / and Evereve at #3440 / 773 309 6230 / evereve.com / both stock­ing racks of flirty frocks and femmy ba­sics. Cross for the woodsy US Apothe­cary at #3451 / 773 799 8946 / khallde­signs.com / with shelves of fra­grances, can­dles, and cosy cloth­ing à la coun­try-house chic. Zip back over the road to Krista K Bou­tique at #3458 / 773 248 1967 / kris­tak.com / long pro­vid­ing monied made­moi­selles with cock­tail dresses and work­day stun­ners. The ware­house-sized An­thro­polo­gie at #3532 / 773 935 2693 / an­thro­polo­gie.com / is the up­scale Ur­ban Out­fit­ters, with boho-bourgie gal threads and kitsch. Part of the fun is root­ing through the faff (read: pon­chos, books, drawer knobs and other knick-knacks). On­wards, stop off at sassy fash sta­ple She One at #3544 / 773 549 9698 / to re­new your en­tire wardrobe at a steal, then cross for all things sta­tionery plus cus­tom print­ing ser­vices at #3543 Pa­per Source / 773 880 0489 / pa­per source.com. On, on like the wind two blocks up to blazer babe Two Penny Blue at #3738 / 872 802 0158 / 2pen­ny­blue. com / Fri-sat and by appt / for per­fectly-tailored pieces that also ben­e­fit char­ity. And you’re done! Now, South­port Gro­cery & Café at #3552 / 773 665 0100 / south­port­gro­cery. com / tempts with sal­ads, sarnies and must-try home­made cup­cakes; Julius Meinl at #3601 / 773 868 1857 / meinl.com / has Vi­en­nese roast coffee, strudel and Nutella crêpes, oth­er­wise head back down to ei­ther Rise or Crosby’s Kitchen to re­claim your mister-in-wait­ing and pick up a sly one (or three) your­self. Bums down and bot­toms up!

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