Shopping in Beverly & Mt. Greenwood
When you think of Chicago shopping, Beverly might not be the first place that comes to mind. But if you look closer, this far south side neighborhood has some great local spots that have been flying under the radar — until now. I recently spent some time in Beverly and the neighboring Mount Greenwood, checking out some new (and old!) boutiques for your shopping pleasure. Check out my favorites here.
Owned by born-and-raised Beverly local, Celeste Faber, this adorable new boutique has been open for less than two months and is already making waves. Technically located in Mount Greenwood, this 111th Street locale is worth the trip down south.
Celeste spent her college years sifting through racks at thrift stores and hitting up estate sales, and eventually came to be the owner of a pretty kickass collection of vintage women’s clothing. And what’s a college grad to do with an entrepreneurial spirit and a fab collection of pieces hanging in her wardrobe? Sell it all, of course. So, Celeste opened up shop in March and quickly become a go-to south side stop.
The inventory ranges from ’50s to ’80s styles, and includes great condition furs, sundresses, jewelry, purses, and more. Celeste also stocks some new clothing from designers Ben & Mike, like cute gingham dresses and colorful basic tees. The whole stock is surprisingly affordable, which is a great quality in a vintage shop. Expect to see constantly changing inventory, as Celeste is always on the prowl for new finds. In fact, she has started taking consignment items, which are now making up about 20% of the store.
Vintage furniture (some of which is for sale!) makes up most of the decor, and lovely accents like a white chandelier and funky accessories displays make the space a welcome change for the 111th strip. The one-room boutique also shares its space with The Lamp Shade, a lamp shade store which has been in business for years.
The boutique is a one-woman operation, and you can count on Celeste helping you pick out the perfect dress or jacket for any occasion. When I went into the shop, she grabbed a sweater that I never would have normally taken off a rack, but I tried it on and LOVED it. Let’s just say she knows what she’s doing when it comes to fashion.
While most vintage and consignment shops are located on the North and Northwest Sides of Chicago, this newbie is a great find on the South Side and certainly worth a look for anyone interested in fashion and vintage clothing.
Location: 3157 W. 111th St.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7pm
This unique boutique sells contemporary clothing for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. Owner Stephanie flies out to New York to pick out the trendiest styles to carry in her boutique, including fun party dresses, leather bags, and great trench coats. A 50-year-old mom and her college-age daughter can both happily shop here and find different styles that they love. Some items can be on the pricier end, but the stock is good-quality clothing that’s worth the splurge.
The store also has plans to open up shop online later this summer.
Location: 9915 S. Walden Parkway
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 6pm; Saturday: 11am – 4pm
Pronounced “belly up,” this brand new boutique isn’t your average maternity store. Let’s admit it, we’ve all seen those super cute, glowing pregnant women out and about looking fab and stylish, and we all hope that’s what we’ll be like when we’re preggers. I mean, who wants to turn into a huge frump? Bellē Up offers fashion-forward options for mamas-to-be, whether they’re stay-at-home or professional working moms. Many of the store’s styles are designed to fit before, during and after pregnancy, so you don’t have to dump your wardrobe when you drop the baby weight. And you won’t want to… long gone are the days of muumuus and ugly “mom jeans.” Being pregnant and fashionable go hand-in-hand at Bellē Up.
The location also offers occasional classes, such as birthing and breast-feeding classes for soon-to-be and new moms.
Location: 3440 W. 111th St.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm, Saturday: 11am – 6pm
David McClain Antiques
Just down the street from the newbies Celeste Vintage and Bellē Up, David has been around the block a time or two. This antiques shop has been open for years and has an ever-expanding collection of furniture, art and housewares. It’s one of those places you could wander for hours, and David will gladly chat you up for just as long.
The place might remind you of your grandpa’s attic, filled with remnants of the past, quirky trinkets, and oak desks waiting to be refurbished. Brass baby carriages hang from the ceilings and boxes of records, vases, and broken clocks cover the floors, leaving minimal walking space. The place may make you feel a bit schizophrenic, but chances are you’ll get sucked in and spend more time than you anticipated sifting through vintage purses, radios and lamps. Winding hallways lead from room to room, some of which are filled solely with stacks of framed artwork. An outdoor patio consists of chandeliers and teapots hanging from tree branches and a red Radio Flyer wagon nestled in the bushes.
Though the place might appear to be a hodgepodge of dusty old things, David knows what he’s doing when it comes to antiques, so you can trust the prices are fair, and likely aren’t going to drop much. It’s a great place to rummage through, whether you’re looking for something specific or just want to while away some time.
Location: 2716 W. 111th St.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm