Independent Shops in Chicago
Let’s stray off the beaten path and discover some unique stores to check out that are generally off the traveler’s itinerary, from bookstores to vintage shops, we got you covered…
Looking to score some new or used vinyl? How about browse a huge DVD selection? Definitely hit up the Chicago music enthusiast’s staple: Reckless Records. You can browse their online catalogue, but it’s way more fun to search their seemingly endless issues/ reissues and hard to find records, cds, books, & movies. Check out their close Lakeview location: 3126 N. Broadway Ave. nestled on a street with a ton of cool cafes, restaurants and stores.
Bookleggers Used Books.
Crossroads Trading Co.
Recently expanded to two store fronts, the recycled clothing shop, Crossroads Trading Co., will wow you with their selection of hip treasures, vintage wear, and neat accessories. They sell a vast array of gently used clothing for very cheap, when a guest asks for anything from a belt, purse, or cool new tee shirt, they could usually find it at Crossroads at 2711 N. Clark. St.
Whether you are looking for that unique gift, an original art print of Chicago or a card that has you giggling to yourself… Inkling is the perfect one stop shop. Located at 2917 1/2 N Broadway this little gem offers an assortment of stationary, t-shirts, vintage knick-knacks, & jewelry designed by local artists and craftsmen. Go find yourself (or a loved one) a treasure at this friendly boutique while touring the Chicago neighborhoods.
Full deli, giant craft beer & wine selection, excellent butcher, roof deck with German food and beer! All of the above can be found at Gene’s Sausage Shop in the heart of Lincoln Square. While our weather is still nice, we recommend grabbing a beer or cider on their spacious roof space, they also have a great German-style menu with perogis, brats, salads and more. Check out this iconic neighborhood spot at 4750 N. Lincoln Ave.