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ANNOUNCING: The Spring 2012 Racked 38

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In the spirit of change and growth in the new year it's about time once again for the quarterly update of the Racked 38. This is a list of the 38 ultimate shopping experiences Chicago has to offer. We talk shop and shop for inspiration constantly - far and wide across all neighborhoods for the best of the best and the crème de la crème leaving no stone unturned. So without further ado, may we present to our fine public... The Spring Racked 38!

For a few no-brainer additions we're congratulating Lori's Shoes, Perchance and Haymaker for their recent moves and shakes. But making space for these three was no easy task - we had to drop p+L, Eskell and Agga B. at Fit N' Stitches from the list. In other changes we've upgraded one single Akira Footwear location to all Akira shops.

We also feel like Roslyn on Damen deserves one hell of a shoutout for their longstanding unique perspective on womenswear, carrying city exclusives, and for doing business with so many local designers. If we didn't live in Chicago and we stumbled upon this shop as tourists, we'd buy one of everything, tell our friends half a world away and make frequent trips back to Chi-city for this gem in Bucktown. So if you don't live in Chicago (or you do) and you're looking for insane shopping - stick to this list of the 38 most essential shops - but save extra time for Roslyn.

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Aaron's Apothecary

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Akira All Locations

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American Science & Surplus

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Apartment Number 9

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Architectual Artifacts

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Bonnie and Clyde's

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Cerato Boutique

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Chalk Boutique

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Cynthia Rowley

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Dovetail

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Elements

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Fix Boutique

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Gamma Player

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Haymaker Shop

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Haberdash

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June Blaker

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LeDress

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Lissa Boutique

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Lori's Shoes

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Luminaire

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Mark Shale

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Merz Apothecary

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Morlen Sinoway Atelier

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Perchance Boutique

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Penelope's

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Post 27

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Robin Richman

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Room Service Chicago

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Syd Jerome Menswear

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