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How to Shop Oak Street Featured

Written by  Rebecca Taras

Located right off the Magnificient Mile, Chicago's Oak Street shopping district is a luxury retail paradise. 

Oak Street Shopping

Nestled in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, Oak Street is home to exclusive boutiques, salons, and high-end retailers that continue to attract shoppers from around the world, as well as locals with discriminating tastes.


Women's Apparel

A touch of the East Coast on East Oak Street, Barneys offers men’s and women’s ready-to-wear high fashion, with all the appropriate accessories and shoes to complete any look. A boutique-like cosmetic department offers exclusive beauty lines and perfumes. Brides can make their little girl dreams come true at the in-house Vera Wang bridal salon.

Yves Saint Laurent is one of the world's most historically important houses of design. The Chicago boutique features some of the city’s most avant-garde ready-to-wear women’s clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrance. The sharp, yet elegant menswear collection also shines.

Not your mother’s maternity store, A Pea in the Pod is a fashion-forward upscale maternity boutique that has become a favorite among celebrities. Shop fashions from hot designers, or choose from A Pea in the Pod’s classy private label. Personal shoppers are on-hand to offer assistance for the new-mom-to-be.

Take a walk past Calypso Christiane Celle on any given day and you can almost feel the warmth of the tropics. Sexy ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, and fragrances make buying vibrant, warm weather finds a snap – even in the dead of a brutal Chicago winter. Calypso’s unique designs are brought in from all around the world.

Luca Luca came to Chicago from the birthplace of fashion, Milan, Italy, and brought with it its signature collection of ready-to-wear designs utilizing couture fabrics to Oak Street. A boutique offering exclusive looks; you can expect impeccable personal attention and assistance when choosing your perfect ensemble, finding everything down to coordinating shoes and accessories right here.

Men's Apparel

The Jil Sander location on Oak Street is the first Jil Sander boutique in the United States to carry the designer's entire collection of hand-tailored designs for men and women. Accessorize with the complete collection of shoes, belts and bags - and don’t forget to check out the exclusive Jil Sander fragrance line.

George Greene features a menagerie of high-end men’s wear from designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Zenga, and Christian Dior. At George Greene suits, sport coats and shirts are all made to measure, making the service as first class as the clothing.

At Tessuti for Men, Pal Zileri is the featured designer for the contemporary selection of men’s suits, sports coats, pants, shirts, and ties. Fashions are known for their exceptional design and fine fabric selection with global influences. Next-day alteration service makes it easy to become a sharp dressed man.

Lucky Brand Jeans was formerly a jeans-only establishment, today Lucky has expanded into a casual clothier for both men and women. While most find it “lucky” to find a pair of jeans that fit on the first try, at the Oak Street Lucky the variety of styles and lengths at this dungaree kingdom making shopping for the right pair a breeze.

Kid's Apparel

At Madison and Friends adults aren’t the only ones who can have the opportunity to sport Oak Street fashions. Madison and Friends specializes in a fine selection of European and American clothing for sizes from newborn to juniors. Not just your average kids clothier, as you'll find Italian leather jackets and fur coats, special occasion dresses (including flower girl dresses), and one of the largest collections of shoes available in the city. This boutique has the reputation for becoming the “go to” spot for newborn gifts, including personalized items and toys.

Bridal Apparel

Ultimate Bride is a couture bridal salon that matches the grandeur of its prestigious address. A breathtaking array of exquisite gowns range from fairytale styles to contemporary elegance. Bridesmaid formal wear is also available, along with a welcoming staff to help you make one of the most important choices for your big day.

Health & Beauty

It isn't hard to find a place on Oak Street to get a haircut or a massage. In fact, Oak Street boasts several of Chicago's top salons, spas and beauty purveyors.

Salons & Spas

Charles Ifergan has been an Oak Street staple for several years. It is continuously featured by the leading fashion magazines as one of the best hair salons and day spas in Chicago.

Marianne Stokirk and her work  has appeared on local and national television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Strokirk's clientele includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maria Shriver and Diane Sawyer.

Channing's Day Spa has been delivering results-driven facials, waxing and body treatments for over twenty-five years. Located in a historic Oak Street brownstone walk-up, Channing's offers personalized skincare programs and spa packages in a private and comfortable environment.

Beauty Stores

The convenient ATM located inside Bravco Beauty Centre makes it easy to drop some serious coin in this cash-only beauty haven. Competitively priced skin and hair products tightly pack every shelf, eliminating the need for a trip to your local beauty store.

Known for her Pheromone fragrance, Marilyn Miglin has offered makeup and skincare solutions for busy modern-day women for over thrity-five years. Miglin offers an elegant boutique stocked with beauty goods, and a private consultation area where you can learn about proper skin care and makeup techniques. Depending on the day, you might even be lucky enough to meet the beauty guru in the flesh.



Can’t jet off to Milan on a moment’s notice?  Stop into FURLA, a family business that is recognized worldwide for their renowned fine leather goods and accessories. Fine Italian craftsmanship gives way to an understated elegance and distinctive style, which is part of the FURLA philosophy.

At Kate Spade you may walk in just looking to pick up a classic handbag for going out, but shopper beware!  You'll likely become tempted by the selection of luxe cashmere pillows, and plush p.j.’s in prints as cheerful as the bag collection. Vintage jewelry and a collection of fine rare books are stand-alone finds.


Jimmy Choo’s shoes and accessories, sexy-yet-elegant styles, have become recognizable all over the world, and are a fixture here on Chicago's Oak Street.

The main attraction at Tod’s is the selection of its famous hand-made shoes for both men and women.  But why stop there when you can pick up an artistically crafted handbag as well? A rich (and sometimes vibrant) color palette is prevalent in this famed Italian leather goods company’s accessories.


Fine Jewelry

Graff seeks out the most exclusive gemstones from all ends of the earth. Cut in Johannesburg workshops and designed in London, the Chicago Graff store offers a large selection of diamonds at a variety of price ranges. All pieces are signed for authenticity.

DeBeers Award winner Judith Ripka’s interchangeable fine jewelry collection allows you to change your look from grocery store to glam in a matter of seconds.  Custom design services are available at the Oak Street Location of Judith Ripka.

For over 81 years, Lester Lampert has manufactured exquisite originals, as well as estate and designer collections from well-known designers such as Carrera y Carrera and Favero. Their in-house craftsmanship and attention to detail and personalized service are what have made the Lester Lampert name.

Considering the vast array of diamonds, one-of-a-kind pieces, vintage and contemporary jewelry, it's no wonder how Trabert and Hoeffer Jewels has been going strong for over 55 years. Trabert and Hoeffer boasts an impressive list of designers such as Susan Berman and Marelene Stowe, but it is the personalized service that has given the store such a distinguished reputation.

Designer Jewelry

David Yurman features a vast selection of fine jewelry, timepieces and gifts - all carrying the signature Yurman style of contemporary elegance.

Harry Winston, the jeweler to the stars has come to Chicago, offering some of the world’s finest diamonds and timepieces to local “celebrities" on Oak Street


Whoever said it is only what appears on the outside that counts obviously never stepped foot into The Wolford Boutique. Long lasting, durable fabrics with a fashionable flair have made Wolford one of the most luxurious leg wear, body wear, hosiery, and swim suit designers in the world.

Ernest Hemingway used to reward himself with Pratesi linens upon finishing a new novel. No need to write a book to come in and see some of the world’s finest in bed, bath, and table linens for the home, all made from Egyptian cotton. A collection of home accessories could not be complete without a luxurious cashmere blanket or robe from Pratesi Linens on Oak Street.

In a world of electronic correspondence, it's nice when a store like Watermark can offer elegant invitations, stationary, and note cards - all with the option to be personalized. Photo albums, guest books and journals are great gifts for moms, for brides-to-be, or just for yourself. The Watermark on Oak Street also offers an extensive selection of hand-crafted cards for all occasions.

Place trust into Frette, a place that has furnished the homes of monarchs since 1860. Timeless elegance and unsurpassable quality are still prevalent in their bed, baby, bath and table collections of today. Luxe travel and spa accessories are popular with the modern jet setter.

Last modified on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:46