Look sharp and go easy on your pocketbook. One of the cooler Wicker Park hipster fashion stops offers has some of the best men's and women's designer resale selections in the area, with brand names like Pierre Cardin and Liz Claiborne on sale. Many items could easily be misconstrued as never having been worn at all and everything is sold at more than reasonable prices. The shop also generates a lot of street traffic with the wonderfully creative window displays.
Sweet Thang, this hip-hop French pastry shop and cafe is designed to rock your world. The music is always loud, and everything about the place-including the coffee and pastries -is fresh. With seating for around 20 people, visitors can enjoy chocolate and fruit croissants, quiches and sandwiches as well. The shop will whip up something special for weddings and birthdays, is available for catering, and welcomes corporate accounts. This chic place will be relocating at its new 2142 West Roscoe location shortly.
Check out Wicker Park fashion while browsing the storefront strip of the Silver Room that surrounds the six-corners intersection. The shop features a vast array of namesake sterling silver accessories, including body jewelry. Plenty of watches are available too, including names like G-Shock and Baby G, Anne Klein II, Skagen Denmark, Storm, Kenneth Cole and Fossil. Shoppers can also find sunglasses, hats, bags and a myriad of other knickknacks and necessities.
The internationally famous shoe designer John Fluevog has not abandoned Chicago, and he has opted to bless us with a hip Wicker Park six-corners location that should reap plenty of sales. Shoe shoppers flock here for foot fashion at bargain prices. The variety of shoes are fun and well made, with catchy names such as Grand Nationals, Nature Angels, Safety Vogs and Lift-Offs. Walk-ins are welcome!
City Soles is a trendy place that is all about dressing up your feet. The sales people are overly attentive, perhaps, and more than one of them will greet you as soon as you walk in the door. Even though the designs are wildly funky and look like products from the Chocolate Factory, some have been known to lose stitching while still young. But, generally, this is a decent place for club shoe fashion. You could say it is well tread by the well-tread.
The true home of the record chain, the front window of Reckless Records is littered with posters for local band performances. The room is the largest of the three and offers the most comprehensive selection of vinyl and compact discs, along with a generous portion of laser discs. This is also a haven for local and faraway magazines and punk rock publications.
Una Mae's Freak Boutique exhibits an eclectic mix of new and used clothes and accessories, with some of the most impressive vintage selections to be found in the area. Merchandise varies from clothing, jewelry, hats and scarves to some marvelously packaged scented candles. Local artists sell their work here, too, including some very cool handmade wooden marionettes in the shape of cats, bumble bees and dragonflies.
This unusual outpost of arcana has been in operation in Chicago since 1920. Topics here include numerology, astrology, magic, eastern religions, yoga and meditation, among many other things. There is also a selection of used books. In addition, they sell candles, incense, jewelry and oils. The prices are fair on the used material, and occult topics. They have an in-house palmist here, and provide for Tarot readings. You can also have your astrological charts read, by appointment.
Underground collectors will find a complete selection of the hard-to-come by and grotesque, including comic books, 'zines and various examples of the latest in strange art. Titles like 'The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving' by John Hoffman and 'Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others' by Daniel P. Mannix say it all. The bookstore also often hosts frequent readings/signings on the premises.
One of few bookstores in the area, Myopic has two floors, adding up to over 70,000 titles. If he does not have it in stock, chances are proprietor Joe Judd can help you find what you are looking for. Prices, on average, are marked at half the book's retail price. The basement holds chess club meetings throughout the week alongside Café Thax, a weekly poetry reading series on Sundays. Coffee and pastries are served to make browsing more enjoyable. Myopic is open late every night, a plus for insomniac readers.