Neighborhood Maps


Lincoln Park is a contemporary urban neighborhood that offers some of the best shopping and restaurants in the world.   Local boutiques and well-known retailers make this a quintessential destination for shopping.

Cynthia Rowley - 810 West Armitage Avenue.  A Chicago native created the fashion label in the early 1980’s. The brand is known for the vibrant colors and flirty designs.

Lori’s – 824 West Armitage Avenue. The Sole of Chicago.  Another Chicago native established Lori’s Designer Shoes in 1983.  Lori’s carries the trendiest and most fashionable shoes including European labels.

Weddings 826 -  826 West Armitage Avenue.  Lincoln Parks favorite wedding boutique.  Over 100 styles of wedding gowns to choose from.  Because you take them home the same day, the styles are always fresh.

All She Wrote – 825 West Armitage Avenue.  A fine stationery and gifts boutique to assist you with finding the right words to express yourself.

Isobel Fine Lingerie – 840 West Armitage.  Home of the Boobologist, bras and underwear.  This boutique also carries fab swimwear, robes and loungewear.

L’Occitane –  846 West Armitage Avenue.  Founded in 1976 this French skincare, bodycare and fragrance company  is sold in over 85 countries. Inspired by Provencal traditions and offering the experience of well-being.

Benefit – 852 West Armitage Avenue.  This fun niche make-up brand has expanded into skincare and bathcare.  My favorite is the body luxury "touch me than try to leave me." cream. 

Benetton - 833 West Armitage Avenue.  The Italian quirky and colorful brand has around 6,000 stores worldwide. They also own Sisley known to be more of a glamour label.  This brand is perfect for spring 2011 trends featuring fun colors, stripes and polka dots.

American Apparel – 837 West Armitage.  American Apparel sells a wide variety of men and women's apparel and is rapidly becoming the largest apparel retailer that manufactures only in U.S.A.

Intermix – 841 West Armitage Avenue.  The A-Listers choice for the best mix of designers, style and glam.  Carrying Mulberry, Brian Atwood, Rodarte, Givenchy, Rag and Bone, Chloe and Stella McCartney.

Sequin –845 West Armitage Avenue.  If you love jewelry and all that glitters, this high-end accessories shop has got you covered.

BCBG – The contemporary women's clothing line was created by French designer Max Azria.  BCBG has over 550 boutiques worldwide making it a global fashion power house.  The funky and whimsical dresses are the main drive for this fun label.

Shop 857 –857 West Armitage Avenue. The newest boutique on the scene. This boutique offers a mix of contemporary sportswear and accessories.

Lush – 859 West Armitage Avenue.  Luxurious handmade bath and body products.  Be sure to try their bath bomb and dream cream!

1154 Lisa Lill Studio – 904 West Armitage Avenue.  Chicago designer Jennifer Velarde started this original custom handbag company in her studio apartment at 1154 Lill St. Chicago. (hence her company's name) Create your dream bag with the large selection of swatches to fit every personality.

Mac - 910 West Armitage.  The professional makeup artist quality cosmetic company is located in over 60 countries.  Mac offers over 100 different color shades for yes, lips and face.

Paper Source - 919 West Armitage Avenue.  The premier retailer of decorative paper and envelopes, stationary paper, crafts and unique gifts.

Art Effect - 934 West Armitage.  This boutique offers a nice selection of trendy apparel, accessories and home decor.

Vosges Chocolates -  951 West Armitage.  Haut-Chocolate at it's finest! Owner/Chocolatier Katrina Maskoff has created a new take on luxury. Chocolate luxury!

RL Rugby  - 1000 West Armitage.   Ralph Lauren's take on casual women's and men's clothing.

Laudi Vindi - 1007 West Armitage Avenue.  A luxury custom handbag boutique that allows you to look fabulous with individual style that you created. Choose from an array of Italian leather swatches to begin your design.


The best shopping in Chicago is found in the trendy neighborhoods.  The mix of hip restaurants, stylish boutiques and must be seen in cafes appeal to all income levels. 
Roscoe Village is a bit more laid back than Gold Coast or Lincoln Park which appeals to the locals because it is not over crowded with tourists.  This neighborhood is a bit of a secret to the masses and I am letting you in on it!  

Start from Damen Ave. and work your way west to Western Ave.  You will find little treasures throughout your journey.  Stop for an Italian cafe at Piazza Bella for a little pick-me-up or do a little wine tasting at LUSH wine bar.

What are we waiting for? Let's start shopping: 

1. Glam To Go-2002 W. Roscoe, founded in 2000 by Jenny Struck.  Built on the concept of a beauty deli, Glam To Go provided precious bobbles and glamour essentials. Find hip brands including Tano bags, Talla shirts and blouses and Language.  Glam To Go also sells jewelry from local designers.

2. Denim Lounge-2004 W. Roscoe, is a high-end denim shop that carries designer lines including J Brand, Joe's Jeans, Free People, Citizens of Humanity and Hudson. Denim Lounge lives up to their names with sofas and a TV.  Follow them on twitter and receive 20% off your next purchase!

3. Little Threads-2033 W. Roscoe, opened doors in 2004 offering an array of fabulous kids clothing, toys and games.  It is not just a place to shop but a place where families can interact and exchange tips.  Check out Little Threads website to mark your calendar for the next event.

4.  à Pied-2037 W. Roscoe, founded by Trudy Robinson Foley, owner of hip maternity shop Kickin' just down the street.  À Pied means "on foot" or "by foot" in French. And because Trudy  believes in comfortable foot wear especially amongst the jungle of urban living, she opened this trendy boutique to help the rest of us look stylish but oh so comfortable. 

5. Cinnamon-2104 W. Roscoe. Emily Helfrich loved the idea of opening a boutique with a name of a spice, cinnamon.  Filled with well-known hip brands including BCBG, SweatPea, Hype and Three Dots you can be sure to find stylish and well priced pieces.  Cinnamon also carries a number of local jewelry designers including Ulia Carella.

6. Fixture-2108 W. Roscoe. A gift giving phenomenon, Fixture covers your needs in accessories including HOBO leather hand bags, Archipelago fragrant candles, Cloud B. baby gifts and if you just need something special. Always friendly and stocked, you will be sure to find a surprise in your next visit.

7. Zane and Zara's Pet Boutique - 2205 W. Roscoe.  Filled with homemade treats, fashion accessories that compare to Chanel?  Well maybe. Fun toys and neighborhood services. All for your lovable pet.  And they deserve nothing but the best.  And the best thing about Zane and  Zara? They deliver.  What's not to love about Zane and Zara's pet boutique?

8. Village Paperie & Gifts-2217 W. Roscoe. Previously Original Expressions, Frankie and Johnie has established a cult-like following by being in the industry for twenty years.  I think they know what they are doing when it comes to invitations, announcements and thank-you's.  Both are super friendly and make the creative process a breeze. They love it if you just stop in and say hello.  Now that is my kind of shop.  See you soon!

9. Kickin Maternity-2214 W. Roscoe. Trudy Robinson Foley left her life as a fitness and fashion magazine publisher to start up Kickin after her niece was born in 2006 and realized moms-to-be want to not only feel healthy but also look fabulous.  Kickin carries designers such as Seven For All Mankind, Joe's Jeans and One In The Oven.

10. New Discoveries-2236 W. Roscoe. Laura Davis the owner of New Discoveries conceived the idea of opening her own gallery while hiking in Arizona.  She has always had an eye for art and unique items.  This unique boutique is a one-of-a-kind home accessories hot spot. Not only can you find amazing jewelry, pottery, photography and glass-works but hosts a number of local artist pieces.

11. with Grace...- 2238 W. Roscoe. with Grace... An amazing elegant shop with a chandelier too boot. Jen Pramenko, the owner of this Roscoe Village paper source has an amazing assortment of elegant paper and invitations. Her customized wedding invitations and announcements will have all your friends talking. 

1 comment:

  1. This is great! I literally just moved down the street, and cannot wait to go exploring!