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STREET FIGHT: Rush vs. Oak

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In Chicago, a style diva's playground is either Michigan Avenue, Oak Street or Rush Street. Together, they make up what we like to call the Holy Trinity of Chicago Fashion's Elite Streets. Michigan Avenue has no equal, what with the staples of Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Saks and the mega-Burberry set to reopen in October, but Oak and Rush streets are doing a pretty fine job themselves of attracting super high end designers, retailers and boutiques straight out of New York and LA.

We love Oak street for its completely aspirational shops such as Pratesi, for its ridicly high thread count sheets, and the imminently opening Ultimo-turned-Lanvin. We also like the fact that we feel like we're in our own home, or being catered to in a Relais & Chateau hotel, in the boutique-y, warm confines of an old pre-war Gold Coast manse. Now Rush street is a different animal. We like it for entirely different reasons. Being the central street to the grossly inappropriate Viagra Triangle, Rush carries more of a youthful vibe--the new multi-story Scoop NYC, the Dutch import, Suit Supply, as well as British import, Ted Baker flaunt high style as opposed to Oak Street's understated elegance.

So we're asking you, our faithfully fashionable readers, which street do you think reigns supreme? Do you prefer the stylishly bold Rush street, or would you choose the understated elegance of Oak to satiate your fashion fetishes?

Poll results

· All Oak Street Coverage [Racked]
· All Rush Street Coverage [Racked]


633 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60606


116 E Oak Street, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Neiman Marcus

737 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 642-5900 Visit Website