A Guide to Local Boutique Shopping

Photo by Charles Deluvio

Merz Apothecary

Established in 1875 in Lincoln Square as a small drugstore with an herbal focus that served European immigrants, Merz Apothecary remains a Chicago gem. The store resembles an authentic European apothecary, featuring a tin roof and antique pharmacy jars. Now, the store blends traditional remedies with the technology of the modern age to bring customers natural self-care products, cosmetics, fragrances, teas, etc. Here, customers can purchase items to fuel the mind, body and soul.

P.O.S.H. Chicago

This eclectic store affords vintage goods sourced from auctions and flea markets. Merchandise primarily features antique European housewares, silver and dinnerware. No two days at P.O.S.H. are the same because of its constantly rotating inventory. All the more reason to visit more than once!


Wicker Park overflows with a variety of exclusive boutique shops. At Kokorokoko, vintage is the name of the game. This colorful store features vintage clothing and accessories from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Enhance your style with a new pair of shades, neon parachute pants, or platform shoes. 

art effect

Indulge in luxury at art effect. This store features a comprehensive selection of women’s clothing, designer accessories, and high-quality, curated gifts. From home decor and candles to elegant evening gowns, art effect is the classy lady’s paradise.

The Fox Club

“Embrace your foxy side” and express yourself through fashion with the help of The Fox Club. Fueled by slow fashion and a commitment to sustainability, this retro boutique supplies handmade bathing suits and clothing styles from the past for all of your travels. 


As a black-owned establishment, the Silverroom features a collection of black literature and art, as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry, home goods, art, books and more.  Even more, this one-stop shop often hosts block parties or has live music from a DJ in the store. A visit to this store is truly an experience of culture, community, vibes, and authentic Chicago flair.

Laudi Vidni Custom Leather Goods

Get your very own custom leather bag at Laudi Vidni. All bags are made to order in the USA. 

From cosmetic bags to totes, Laudi Vidni truly has a high-quality, long-lasting bag for all occasions. Choose from a large selection of colors and textures so that your bag fits your style, lifestyle, and needs.


Looking for a souvenir or gift? Look no further than Neighborly. This boutique carries an assortment of Chicago-themed goods, household items, cards, and gifts. Staff will even wrap your presents for you! Devoted to supporting independent Midwestern designers, Neighborly showcases the creations of local makers. 

Wolf Bait & B-Girls

Wolf Bait & B-Girls is like no other store. A female-owned establishment founded by two local designers, this marketplace serves as a resource for local artisans by fostering community and talent. With the works of more than 300 Chicago-based creators, customers are sure to find a treasure they love. 

Una Mae’s

Stand out amongst the crowd with Una Mae’s eccentric collection of new and used clothing items. Here, you can channel your inner funk amidst a hip, earthy ambiance. The boutique’s men’s and women’s clothing is both trendy and affordable.

Written by Hannah Carroll

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