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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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Syd Jerome Menswear

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Dose Market at River East Art Center

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RSVP Gallery

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Judy Maxwell

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Primitive

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Sir & Madame

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LuLu's at the Belle Kay

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George Greene

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Neapolitan Collection

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Bonnie & Clyde's Secret Hideout

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Akira All Locations

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Apartment Number 9

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Architectual Artifacts

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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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Haberdash & Haberdsh EDC

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June Blaker

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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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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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