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As vacation season approaches, we'll be rolling out guides to the best shopping in ten Racked cities. Up next: Racked Chicago's can't-miss stores.

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Headed to the Chicago aka the Windy City this summer? We suggest two things: pack a raincoat and print out this guide of the city's can't-miss shops. From a store that packs a beautifully edited array of small-batch beauty goods to a red, glossy shop that's mentioned frequently in national fashion magazines, these stores give a sampling of the city's finest offerings.


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1. Chalk Boutique

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2611 Prairie
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-0011
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The Evanston women's shop gains frequent mentions in national fashion magazines, and champions rising designers such as Mathieu Mirano. [Photo: via Chalk]

2. Aaron's Apothecary

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2338 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-8595
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Inspired by owner Aaron Pietrykowski's travels to pharmacies around the world, the old-world-style apothecary slings everything from vitamins to smoothing salt scrubs. [Photo: via Facebook]

3. Jayson Home

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1885 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-8180
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Jayson Home staffers bill "beautiful things" as their number- one obsession. Indeed, a common thread of good taste runs through the selection of modern and vintage furniture, lighting, pillows, textiles, and tableware—there are even beautiful ceramic candles edged in gold. The store's annual fall flea markets are legendary (and, sometimes, disco-ball-flecked.) [Photo: via Facebook]

4. Dose Market

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 972-8400
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The thoughtful market stocks food and fashion—and it recently became a weekly event. It takes place every Sunday. [Photo: via Facebook/ Dose Market]

5. Asrai Garden

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1935 W. North
Chicago, IL
(773) 782-0680
The verdant flower shop feels like a hidden garden. Tucked amid the flowers, shoppers find beautifully designed home goods and sweetly scented apothecary items. [Photo: via Asrai Garden]

6. Silver Moon

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1721 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-5797
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Owned by a former rock-star stylist, this store lays claim to the area's largest selection of mint-condition, vintage bridal goods. It has goods dating back to the 1890s, and accessories such as a 1950s straw hat and 1930s cufflinks. [Photo: via Facebook]

7. Ruby Room, The Style of Wellness

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1743-45 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-2323
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The Bucktown temple of positive vibes has a completely unique setup. It combines an inn with a salon, spa, and a top-notch beauty shop. There are also Essence, Chinese Herb, and Crystal bars. [Photo: Courtesy of the Ruby Room]

8. ikram

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15 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-1000
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The glossy red exterior offers an appropriately dramatic facade for this world-renowned boutique, which sells women's couture. Bonus: there's an in-house cafe that's perfect for power lunches. [Photo: via Ikram]

9. Randolph Street Market

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1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-1200
Billed as the country's largest urban antique markets, the monthly shopping experience offers antiques, indie designers, and cool oddities like a Nude Sketch Parlor (open for the Valentine's Day market.) [Photo: via Randolph Street Market/ Facebook]

10. Elements

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741 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 642-6574
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Gorgeous, high-end home goods fill this Wells Street shop, and we love that owners describe the inventory as a collection of "unrivaled surprises." Examples? Parisian rain gloves and rainbow-hued highball glasses. [Photo: via Elements]

1. Chalk Boutique

2611 Prairie, Evanston, IL 60201
The Evanston women's shop gains frequent mentions in national fashion magazines, and champions rising designers such as Mathieu Mirano. [Photo: via Chalk]
2611 Prairie
Evanston, IL 60201

2. Aaron's Apothecary

2338 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Inspired by owner Aaron Pietrykowski's travels to pharmacies around the world, the old-world-style apothecary slings everything from vitamins to smoothing salt scrubs. [Photo: via Facebook]
2338 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Jayson Home

1885 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Jayson Home staffers bill "beautiful things" as their number- one obsession. Indeed, a common thread of good taste runs through the selection of modern and vintage furniture, lighting, pillows, textiles, and tableware—there are even beautiful ceramic candles edged in gold. The store's annual fall flea markets are legendary (and, sometimes, disco-ball-flecked.) [Photo: via Facebook]
1885 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Dose Market

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The thoughtful market stocks food and fashion—and it recently became a weekly event. It takes place every Sunday. [Photo: via Facebook/ Dose Market]
2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Asrai Garden

1935 W. North, Chicago, IL
The verdant flower shop feels like a hidden garden. Tucked amid the flowers, shoppers find beautifully designed home goods and sweetly scented apothecary items. [Photo: via Asrai Garden]
1935 W. North
Chicago, IL

6. Silver Moon

1721 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Owned by a former rock-star stylist, this store lays claim to the area's largest selection of mint-condition, vintage bridal goods. It has goods dating back to the 1890s, and accessories such as a 1950s straw hat and 1930s cufflinks. [Photo: via Facebook]
1721 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Ruby Room, The Style of Wellness

1743-45 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
The Bucktown temple of positive vibes has a completely unique setup. It combines an inn with a salon, spa, and a top-notch beauty shop. There are also Essence, Chinese Herb, and Crystal bars. [Photo: Courtesy of the Ruby Room]
1743-45 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

8. ikram

15 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
The glossy red exterior offers an appropriately dramatic facade for this world-renowned boutique, which sells women's couture. Bonus: there's an in-house cafe that's perfect for power lunches. [Photo: via Ikram]
15 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Randolph Street Market

1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
Billed as the country's largest urban antique markets, the monthly shopping experience offers antiques, indie designers, and cool oddities like a Nude Sketch Parlor (open for the Valentine's Day market.) [Photo: via Randolph Street Market/ Facebook]
1340 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

10. Elements

741 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Gorgeous, high-end home goods fill this Wells Street shop, and we love that owners describe the inventory as a collection of "unrivaled surprises." Examples? Parisian rain gloves and rainbow-hued highball glasses. [Photo: via Elements]
741 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654