Fash­ion/spa/food

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

For­mer hip­ster hang of in­die kids, tatts and beards, but yup­pies in­fil­trat­ing the mix have upped the price ante. Ex­pect the eclec­tic. Leave the stil­lies at home and grab a cab to Mojo Spa at 1468 N Mil­wau­kee (nr Ev­er­green) / 773 235 6656 / mo­jospa.com / with nat­u­ral fruitopia, sugar and choc po­tions, mas­sages and scrubs. At #1470 Bongo Room / 773 489 0690 / has bags of at­mos, java junkies and epic Sun­days. Shoot up and across to Eskell at #1509 / 773 486 0830 / eskell.com / for a girly-glam mix of their epony­mous-la­bel dresses and tops, new lines and vin­tage frocks. Ei­ther cross back to Una Mae’s at #1528 / 773 276 7002 / una­maeschicago.com / for ec­cen­tric apothe­cary plus pre-loved, thrift and retro rags, or if you pre­fer new to old, si­dle up to sneaker pimp Saint Al­fred at #1531/ 773 486 7159 / stal­fred.com / ped­dling lim­ited edi­tions. Next door is Goorin Bros at #1533 / 773 384 4287 / goorin.com / with stacks of hats for ladies n’ gents. Now, do a 150m sprint to the in­ter­sec­tion and take a right around the hair­pin cor­ner into W North for fan­ci­ful green­fin­ger den As­rai Gar­den at #1935 / 773 782 0680 / as­raigar­den.com / a belle botan­i­cal jardin where en­chant­ing home­ware re­side amongst mys­ti­cal flora and fauna . Love noth­ing more than tear­ing into de­li­cious chunks of BBQ meat? Trot two blocks quick­sticks for lunch or sup­per at #1856 Lil­lie’s Q / 773 772 5500 / lil­liesq. com. Oth­er­wise, dou­ble back to the ma­jor in­ter­sec­tion and cross di­ag­o­nally over to City Soles at 2001 W North / 773 489 2001 / citysoles.com / for groovy foot­gear, or take a right up N Da­men and cross for Feast at #1616 / 773 772 7100 / feastrestau­rant.com / a week­ender’s court­yard brunch Betty. Recharge, then push straight on, skip­ping over for p.45 at #1643 / 773 862 4523 / p45.com / lined with oneof-a-kind ladies’ finds from con­tempo la­bels incl. luxe leatherists Hare + Hart, mod milliner Eu­ge­nia Kim, deco jew­eller Lizzie For­tu­nato, and It Boot lady Rachel Comey. Golly, is it time for pud? Hot­foot a few doors down to pretty deli doll #1649 God­dess and Gro­cer / 773 342 3200 / god­dessand­gro­cer.com / with soups, sarnies and sweets, and spy su­per-softie Marine Layer across at #1646 / 872 206 5668 / marinelayer.com / pack­ing Cal­i­for­nia vibe and plush pima cot­ton m/w ba­sics. Gents with groom­ing needs can hoof it to Halo [for Men] at #1655 (see Spa), or else cross over to #1710 Alexis Bit­tar / 773 486 5627 / alex­is­bit­tar. com / with glassed-in cases of baubles from the fash mag fave. Got tots in tow? Zip back to oh-so cutesy #1723 Peek Kids / 773 649 4810 / peekkids.com / stuffed to the rafters with adorable togs, toys n’ books. Tot­ter on, and at #1739 The T-shirt Deli / 773 276 6266 / tshirt­deli.com / serves up fresh tees in a jiffy with your very own slo­gan and de­sign. You can get one for Rover too – woof! Kids and pups sorted, treat your­self to a co­coa next at mobbed #1747 Mindy’s Hot Choco­late / 773 489 1747 / hotchoco­late chicago.com, then peek in­side the fu­tur­is­tic #1753 RSVP Gallery (see Stand­out Stores) with avant-garde de­signer wear, art books and other cool kid favourites. End it here, or in­sa­tiable Imel­das af­ter more threads and home good­ies keep strut­ting on un­der the train tracks... / cont’d

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