Shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown

shopping in bucktown chicago

Sick of trekking around the mall, visiting the same old stores, then showing up at a party where two other girls are wearing the same Express top? If you’re a fashionista looking to stand out in the crowd, the Bucktown and Wicker Park shopping district of Chicago offers more unique stores and boutiques that will satisfy the most jaded of trend setters.

The Bucktown and Wicker Park area of Chicago is a quickly growing community that has become increasingly more affluent in recent years. The stores are a reflection of the diverse and trendy residents that are the heart of these West Side villages. Whether you’re looking for local Chicago designers, high end retailers, or vintage boutiques there’s something for everyone in this eclectic shopping district.

You can still find the regular hipster gear in the form of trendy, big-name stores such as American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Cynthia Rowley, and Marc by Marc Jacobs speckled throughout the area. But what makes this shopping area special are the stores unique to Chicago. Akira is a trendy boutique that carries not only their own brand of clothing, but an assortment of designer labels such as Foley and Corinna, French Connection, and Seven for All Mankind to name a few. There is both an Akira and an Akira Men in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area.

Another Chicago-born boutique is p.45. This high-end store has been going strong for over ten years now and is gaining nation-wide recognition as a shop that mixes local designers with more celebrated fashion lines. The boutique’s motto is to promote individual style, so the hand-picked collections offer something for everyone.

Michelle Tan is another store featuring a wide variety of clothing and accessories from local designers. The store has a relaxed vibe, and pieces range from affordable to more pricey options. The clothes in the store are truly unique – many times designs are slightly quirky, but well tailored details and quality of craftsmanship give the pieces a truly classic feel.

When it comes to flirty accessories and fun knick knacks, Francesca’s Collections is the place to go. The store offers a wide variety of affordable jewelry that takes hours to sift through. Also, when looking for gifts for your girlfriends, Francesca’s has something for everyone. There are adorable patterned lunch bags, funky vintage wall décor, and glittery cocktail rings, making it easy to buy for any girl in your life. There is also a good selection of clothes – lots of fluttery skirts, and cute knit dresses that you won’t anywhere else. They also have a Lincoln Park location.

There are also plenty of resale stores throughout the area. Exploring all of them would take days, but I’ll start you off with a few of my favorites. Lenny and Me buys, sells, and trades and generally has a lot of nicer designer clothes available for purchase. The store also carries funky furniture. Kokorokoko, is a resale store specializing in 80s and 90s fashion and also carries some local designers. The store also has a wonderful selection of vintage cowboy boots.

For the die-hard clothes horses who can’t go a month without reading Vogue, Roslyn is a gorgeous boutique that carries today’s trendiest designers such as Loeffler Randall, Trovata, and Elizabeth and James. Clothes are arranged by designer, and each section cleverly features a wall-mounted biography, so you’ll be educated on your chosen label. Although pricey, it features hard to find designers in a sleek, friendly atmosphere.

Brittney Berget

About Brittney Berget

Brittney has a passion for clothes, writing, good food, and the Cubs. Before moving to Chicago, she attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in journalism and communication studies. "I’m having a blast getting to explore my new hometown, and I hope I can share some of my findings along the way!"

One Comment

  • Caitlin
    April 25, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    Another great and inexpensive find in the area is Pitaya. Started in Bloomington, Indiana and now with multiple stores in college towns all over the country, Pitaya’s focus is on cute, affordable clothes. Similar to Akira, this is a great place to find inexpensive party clothes and accessories. They restock weekly so you’ll never see the same pieces twice!

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