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It's a new year, and you know what that means: it's time to update the Racked 38. Because the city of big shoulders is always getting bigger, we update our list of quintessential Chicago stores once a quarter, suggesting new places for you to demonstrate your purchasing power. Our newly revamped guide has some exciting new additions, including Anastasia Chatzka (we heard you loud and clear, Anastasia fans!), 57th Street Books, Merz Apothecary, Asrai Garden, and the Dose and Randolph Street Markets.
So, listen: It's impossible to sum up every. single. Chicago. store that rocks—that would be a list of more than 380 stores (and a little tedious to read, right?) But, we strive to give a strong sampling of the best of the best, in a handy north-to-south guide that will have you skipping from trendy stores to old-fashioned apothecaries and more. We'll update again later this year, and we're always looking for reader input. State your cases for (or against) stores in the comments or email the tipline: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1/23/2014: Added: Anastasia Chatzka, Dose Market, Randolph Street Market, Merz Apothecary, Asrai Garden, 57th Street Books