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It's that time again to update the Racked 38, Chicago's list of the most pivotal shopping experiences and essential stores. There are tons of options from high to low, from the North Side to the South Side—it would be impossible to give all Chicago's great stores spotlight they deserve, but using this guide for exploration, you're off to a great start. Now without any further ado, wether you're just visiting, or a seasoned windy citizen, may we present to you, the Winter 2013 Racked 38.
Sadly, last quarter was Mark Shale's final appearance in the Racked 38 as they crashed and burned after a horrific year of artistic departure, death, messy bankruptcy and liquidation. Also, given the influx of terrific menswear options around the city spanning the spectrum of the Bonobos Guideshop, Suitsupply, Maison de laCour, J. Cheikh, and Dovetail's addition of menswear, we've decided to remove Syd Jerome, because frankly, now we've got better options. In their absences, we've added P.O.S.H. as one of the pivotal home and accessory shopping experiences in Chicago and Luxury Garage Sale for really upping the ante in Old Town.
Other changes for this edition of The Racked 38 are a brand new layout. Rather than listing the stores in alphabetical order, we've followed a logical pattern of grouping by neighborhood. We start with neapolitan collection celebrating 9 years in Winnetka and work our way south through Ravenswood and Lakeview down through the Gold Coast and River North, then over into West Town, Wicker Park and finish in Bucktown with Robin Richman. We've updated many of the listings including Gallery Aesthete, Dovetail, and Blake, who recently doubled in size and will be the exclusive Saint Laurent stockest in Chicago until the brand's boutique returns with Brioni later this year.
Did we miss a shop you love and deserves to be on the map? We update the list quarterly, and we're always looking for reader input. Let us know via the tipline or in the comments below. As always, if you love what you see, feel free to 'like' and tweet your big hearts out.
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