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It's that time again to update the Racked 38, Chicago's only list of the most monumental, meaningful and outright beautiful shopping experiences that make our fair metropolis so vibrant. These are Chicago's essential stores, of which without, our wardrobes would be nothing. There are oodles of options from high-end to extreme value all over the grid from the North Side to the South Side—it would be impossible to give all Chicago's great stores the 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 on a sunny vacation, or you're a seasoned windy citizen, we present to you, the Summer 2013 Racked 38.
For this edition, we've given the boot to hometown hero Cynthia Rowley's boutique on Armitage which will soon be replaced by Berco's Popcorn. In it's spot on the list we've added Edith Hart (formerly The Edit) which continues to impress clientele with new collaborative lines, good-hearted initiatives, killer sales and the baddest bitch known to retail.
Sadly, we've also had to let SARCA go because of a flood that devastated its River North boutique. While owner Alexis Cozzini is orchestrating pop-ups through the Summer and launching a new website, a new brick and mortar location is still unfound. In its place we're adding Trillium to the roster. This Division Street boutique, since we first reported its opening in 2010 has grown the names on its racks beyond Thayer and Joie to Cynthia Vincent and Whit and now maintains an e-commerce site.
And lastly we're removing Lakeview boutique featuring all-things local, Cerato which has been laying low recently. In its place we're adding Stitch on Damen in Bucktown for being a longstanding purveyor of well-designed items for living and wearable accessories for men, women, little ones and the home.
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.
Shopping elsewhere? Check out the updated Racked 38s for Philadelphia, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, not to mention Racked National's list of the 38 best e-commerce sites.
· The 38 Most Essential Shopping Experiences in Chicago, Winter 2013 [Racked]
04/02/2013: Added: Edith Hart, Stitch, Trillium
01/08/2013: Added: Luxury Garage Sale, P.O.S.H.