Online Shopping: Chicago Style!

| July 2, 2009 | 1 Comment


Every year when summer comes around, I vow to explore more Chicago neighborhoods. I get super excited to walk the streets of Edgewater or the West Loop and support local boutiques. Then, IT happens. Between the BBQs, the baseball games, road trips, and more, I lose track of time. It’s now September and while I’ve spent my summer sunning and eating, I didn’t step foot into a single new boutique.

This summer is already filling up with more events than I can handle, so I’ve decided to take a proactive approach to the situation. I’ve researched some stores that also have an online component. Now, I can still learn about new designers and show local support, just after normal business hours.

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite online finds and some items that particularly caught my eye!

Krista K Maternity Dress

MA Fiesta Stripe Dress, $140

Krista K Maternity + Baby (3530 N. Southport)

If you’re shopping for maternity and baby clothes for yourself or as a gift, then this Lakeview boutique is where you should look. The collection at Krista K is designed to keep you fashionable throughout your pregnancy. Whether you’re shopping for work or play, you are destined to find something here. Aside from carrying maternity brands, such as Maternal America and Cadeau, Krista K has Chicago’s largest selection of premium maternity denim (think Chip & Pepper, Citizens of Humanity, etc). You can also shop for women (non-maternity) merchandise on the same site!

Akira (Several Chicagoland Locations)


Gomax Flats, $29

Local favorite, Akira, has seven locations from the Loop to Bucktown. While best known to some for its party dresses and trendy heels, Akira has a vast collection which also includes ruffled blouses and summery skirts. In addition to the many brands featured, you can also shop from the self-named in-store line. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the shoe collection and thought that the gold metallic flats were a comfortable (and affordable) way to add a little “pizazz” to your outfit!


Ruby Cluster Necklace, $200

Gem – A Jewelry Boutique (1710 N. Damen)

Much like the brick-and-mortar store, the online version of the Bucktown spot takes you into a world of classic gems and jewels. Most of the pieces featured incorporate diamonds, topaz, and other precious stones. If you’re the kind of person who strives to be unique in every ways, then you’ve come to the right place. More than a few of the designs are one-of-a-kind, meaning that if you don’t click fast, there’s a chance your favorite bauble could be scooped by someone else!

1154 Lill Studio (904 W. Armitage)


ERINN Tranquil Blooms, $96

We all have a creative side to us. So, when I heard that there was a place which allowed you to customize your handbags, I was sold. If you can’t make it to the Lincoln Park store, you can certainly mix-and-match styles from home (or work). Check out the online store to design your own clutch, tote, or whichever handbag you desire. Now, if you don’t want to chance a D-I-Y disaster, you can also shop the predesigned main collection. The possibilities are endless!

All the stores featured above allow online or in-store exchanges. See each respective website for specific details and instructions.  So, there’s my short list. Do you have a favorite online shop? I’m always searching for new sites, so feel free to share!
Top Photo Credit by alles-schlumpf via flickr

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Karyn Brianne is a native Chicagoan and the Editor of The Fabulous Giver and the Chicago Philanthropy Examiner for When she's not chained to her MacBook, she can be found enjoying her beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood.

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  1. Karyn –
    Thanks so much for including 1154 LILL Studio in your roundup of great local Chicago boutiques! We really appreciate it and are honored to be in the company of the others you chose. We just posted a link to this article from the LILL facebook page.

    Yay Shop Local! 🙂

    Thanks again!

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