There’s something very charming about the Armitage & Halsted corridor. Some of it might have to do with the tree-covered streets, a sight that’s synonymous with the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Another piece would have to be the infamously colorful apartment buildings lining Armitage Avenue, which add a bit of fun to the atmosphere. But what makes this stretch of street stand out above all else are the many boutiques and specialty stores populating it.
Armitage & Halsted Corridor – Where to Shop
We encourage you to take walk through the area, browse the shops, spend the day, but if you do want an idea of the shops in store, here are a handful of our favorites:
Aroma Workshop; 2050 N. Halsted St.; 773-871-1985.
Tired of wearing the same perfume? Looking for that scent that everyone will tag as “so you”? The Aroma Workshop has a great line of body care products from aromatherapy oils to lotions and moisturizers to home spa baskets. Plus they have perfumers on hand that will help you create your own signature scent. Call ahead to reserve a spot at the scent bar or bring along a group of friends for a private scent event.
Lori’s Shoes; 824 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-5655.
The self-proclaimed “Sole of Chicago” is none other than Lori’s Shoes. Boxes upon boxes of every shoe style under the sun await you. On the look-out for something edgy, maybe in animal print or magenta? Lori’s carries all the latest footwear trends and flavors of the month in heels, boots, flats, wedges, mules, and pretty much any other variety your heart may desire. They also sell handbags, jewelry, accessories, and apparel.
Art Effect; 934 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-929-3600
Art Effect has a little bit of something for everyone on your list. They’ve got silly gag gifts like mustachioed chip clips, drumstick chopsticks, or Jonathon Adler giant erasers shaped like elephants and poodles. Or one-of-a-kind housewarming presents like a Babushka carafe or an Eiffel Tower cheese grater. And of course the artisan jewelry and designer jackets, sweaters, and dresses make thoughtful gifts too.
Intermix;841 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-404-8766.
Lincoln Park has got a lot of boutiques, but this one stands out for its selection and customer service. It’s also irresistible; one foot inside and you’ll want to touch everything. And that’s encouraged! Go ahead, try on that Diane Von Furstenberg poncho sweater or that Zac Posen evening dress. Intermix’s friendly staff will help you put together the perfect outfit from head to toe and find that pair of jeans that fit you like a glove or that statement pieces you just can’t live without.
Tabula Tua; 1015 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-525-3500.
For the most unique home goods in town, try Tabula Tua. This store is filled with dinnerware and fine china that will look good on any table top. Whether you’re looking for something simple to use every day or decorative pieces for special occasions, there’s something for all tastes. They’ve also got drinkware, flatware, beautiful storage containers, and tasteful home furnishings. If you want to take a little piece of the city home with you, check out Catstudio Collection’s Chicago pillows, dish towels, and glasses.
Barker & Meowsky; 1003 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-868-0200.
When you’re out shopping, don’t forget about your furry friends at home! Barker & Meowsky, Lincoln Park’s resident pet boutique, offers high-end apparel and accessories for your favorite canines and felines. From fancy food bowls to colorful collars and ID tags to treats to toys like catnip cigars for cats or rubber artichokes for dogs, they have a fun selection of pet products. And for the proud pet owner, they have artwork and apparel to hang and wear proudly.
Paper Source; 919 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-525-7300.
Everyone can use a nice set of stationery, but when you want something especially thoughtful and unique or are feeling a little creative, stop by Paper Source. This store has two floors full of paper goods and oddball gifts. Pick up your annual Christmas cards or a roll of funky wrapping paper and a birthday card. Decorate your place with a seasonal craft kit. Choose some stamps, an ink pad, and paper and make your own personalized stationery.
Tea Gschwendner; 2142 N. Halsted St.; 773-525-0671.
If you’re in the mood for a hot drink or want the supplies to make one later, pop into Tea Gschwendner. This Lincoln Park store of the German chain offers light café fare, lovely desserts, and, what else, tea. They also have an enormous selection of loose and bagged teas—such as traditional black and green and their own special fruit blends—to take home with helpful instructions on proper steeping time and temperature.
Looking for additional shopping options in the Armitage and Halsted corridor? Check out our Guide to Shopping in Lincoln Park.
-by Cecilia Ehlenbach