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- Jadea Kelly
- Union Handmade [3860 North Lincoln Avenue] is right across the street from one of my favorite music venues, Martyrs'. The store is laid out so beautifully and I always find unexpected treasures lik
- Shangri-La Vintage [1952 West Roscoe Street] has a great selection of party dresses from the '50s, '60s and '70s. If I'm in a hurry because I have a show or have to get back on the road, they'll quic
- If I could pack the entire contents of Praha [2201 West Belmont Avenue] into a tour van, I totally would. But alas, I don't ever have room to take home one of their amazing mid-century dress
- Record stores can be really music-snobby, but not Laurie's Plant of Sound [4639 North Lincoln Avenue.] I love the vibe here. The staff will help out if you need them or hang back if you want to explo
- I come to Neighborly [2003 West Montrose Avenue] when I need to pick up gifts for friends back home. Everything in this shop is made in Chicago or in the Midwest, so it makes for great souvenirs that don't scre
- Chicago Music Exchange [3316 North Lincoln Avenue] is mecca for musicians. Walls and walls of incredible new and vintage guitars—I can't spend less than two or three hours here. It's like a museum, excep
- Asrai Garden [1935 West North Avenue] is right around the corner from the Double Door, which is convenient when I want to wander over to treat myself to a little trinket or flowers. Sometimes a gal just needs to buy herself flowers—especi
- Good coffee is a must for every touring musician, and the tiny bakery Bad Wolf Coffee [3422 North Lincoln Avenue] also has the best caneles—custard-filled pastries with a caramelize crust—that I've ever had. The men
Canadian chanteuse Jadea Kelly performs at the Elbo Room on Thursday night. And after she delivers her mellow, folksy set, we wish she'd hang around to lead a shopping tour. Trust us: this artiste knows her way around an indie boutique.
Knowing that she's a big fan of Chicago's little shops, we asked Kelly to share her tips for scouting out everything from canelés to vintage guitars. See her favorite local haunts, below, and pick up your tickets for her show here.