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ANNOUNCING: The 38 Best and Most Essential Shopping Experiences in Chicago, Summer 2012

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This quarterly list is the marker of changes in Chicago's retail scene and allows The Shopping Public to make the best decisions of where to spend their money and what boutiques are the tastemakers in one of the Nation's largest cities. Friends, comrades, soothsayers, this is... The Summer 2012 Racked 38.

With all feasible shopping options in Andersonville and far North Side neighborhoods explored and exhausted we feel the neighborhood on the rise for Fall will be the West Loop and West Side neighborhoods. We've decided to remove five of our North Side favorites; American Science and Surplus, Haymaker Shop, Room Service, Merz Apothecary and Hazel on Montrose. The other four who have lost their game and fallen out of the elite 38 are Shrine Haberdashers on Oak, Gamma Player with their hidden office in the Loop, Aaron's Apothecary in Lincoln Park and leDress on Division.

The design and curiosities stores that have been dropped are now replaced with Branca on Pearson for her future plans of expansion, Primitive on Jefferson, RSVP Gallery on Damen and celebrity-owned and operated Judy Maxwell on State Street. The remaining slots have been filled by the once-monthly Dose Market, socialite shopping mecca LuLu's at the Belle Kay, the one and only George Greene for being the deepest roots in menswear on Oak Street, Sir & Madame for staying true to their 1920s vision and new line of accessories in Ukrainian Village and Neapolitan Collection on the North Shore.

As always, we encourage a dialogue within the shopping community so if you feel like we've misstepped and left one of The 38 Most Essential Shopping Experiences in Chicago off of this list please let us know via the Racked tipline or by leaving your comment below.

Want to know where else to shop? Also presenting the updated Racked 38 from our sister sites across the country • LANew York, and Racked National

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1. Syd Jerome Menswear

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2 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 346-0333
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2. Dose Market at River East Art Center

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435 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-1001
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3. RSVP Gallery

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1753 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-6666
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4. Judy Maxwell

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1151 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-9999
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5. Primitive

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130 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 337-8000
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6. Sir & Madame

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938 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-6660
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7. Branca

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17 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-1017
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8. LuLu's at the Belle Kay

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3862 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-5858
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9. George Greene

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49 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 654-2490
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10. Neapolitan Collection

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715 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 441-7784
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11. Bonnie & Clyde's Secret Hideout

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(773) 235-2680 or (312) 576-2218
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12. Akira All Locations

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1849 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-8684
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13. Apartment Number 9

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1804 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 395-2999
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14. Architectual Artifacts

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4325 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 348-0622
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15. Blake

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212 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 202-0047
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16. Cerato Boutique

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3451 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-8604
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17. Chalk Boutique

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2611 Prairie Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-0011
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18. Cynthia Rowley

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808 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 528-6160
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19. Dovetail

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1452 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243-3100
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20. Elements

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741 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 642-6574
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21. Fix Boutique

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1101 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-4565
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22. Greer

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1657 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-8000
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23. Haberdash & Haberdsh EDC

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607 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8551
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24. Ikram

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15 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-1000
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25. June Blaker

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870 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 751-9220
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26. Lissa Boutique

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750 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 563-9470
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27. Lori's Shoes

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824 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-5655
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28. Luminaire

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301 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-9582
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29. Mark Shale

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900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-0720
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30. Morlen Sinoway Atelier

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1052 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 432-0100
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31. p.45

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1643 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-4523
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32. Perchance Boutique

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3512 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-1300
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33. Penelope's

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1913 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2351
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34. Post 27

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1819 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 829-6122
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35. Robin Richman

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2108 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-6150
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36. Roslyn

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2035 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1511
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37. Sarca

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710 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0900
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38. Sofia

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72 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0878

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1. Syd Jerome Menswear

2 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602
2 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602

2. Dose Market at River East Art Center

435 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
435 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. RSVP Gallery

1753 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
1753 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Judy Maxwell

1151 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
1151 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Primitive

130 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
130 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

6. Sir & Madame

938 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
938 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Branca

17 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
17 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. LuLu's at the Belle Kay

3862 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
3862 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613