Shopping on Southport Avenue

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Lakeview West is known for its close proximity to Wrigley Field and its high-end shopping experience. A short walk west from Wrigleyville, the Southport Avenue shopping area (often dubbed Southport Corridor) couldn’t be more different than what’ll you’ll find on Clark & Addison after a Cubs game (or any other night of the week for that matter). If you’re up for the slightly higher price tag, head over to Southport for great boutique shopping.

Here’s our UPChicago suggested shopping trip: Take the Brown Line to the Southport stop and head North once you exit the train. Various boutiques and shops line both sides of the street, so be sure not to miss any stops along the way. If your legs (or wallet) are feeling tired, take a break and grab a bite at one of the many coffee shops or restaurants on the block.

Here are our picks for a day of Southport Corridor shopping success:

She One
Located just steps away from the Southport L stop, She One offers bright and slightly more affordable clothes than its neighbors. Follow She One on twitter or facebook to find out about upcoming shopping events and sales. With a mix of local designers and unique or independent brands, She One offers something for every fashionista in the market for a new look. And aren’t we all?

Stop by this fun, nostalgic sweets shop to get your personality read based on your candy choices.

Cerato Boutique
Cerato is one of those boutiques where you’ll end up trying to convince yourself you absolutely need that $200 handbag. A warm and helpful staff greets you as soon as you walk in to this trendy shop featuring clothes, accessories, and bags from local designers. If you find something you like, they explain the story behind the piece and offer several suggestions on how to wear it. Visit Cerato for its unique designs, to-die-for bags and on-trend accessories.

Krista K Boutique
When I first stepped into this lovely boutique, I was instantly greeted by a sales woman… and a dog! While perusing their great selection of prêt-a-porter and more elegant looks, I was able to chat with the staff about the clothes, and pet not one but two in-store dogs. What a great way to bring in customers and entertain anyone trying on clothes. Did I mention they also have killer shoes with reasonable prices?

M2 Boutique
Entering this accessories boutique, I couldn’t help but notice they had some Big 10 merchandise for sale among their interesting jewelry and accessories. As an MSU alumna, I was hooked. Their accessories range from mid $20s to $100, so there is something here for shoppers with a range of budgets. Stop by to look at handbags in every color, beautiful pashminas, and unique, bold jewelry options. Need a gift for the man in your life? Scoot next door to M4Men, which is filled with goodies for the stylish male.

Ah, Perchance… another one of my favorite boutiques on this street for window-shopping and drooling at beautiful clothes. Offering a wide range of textures, styles, and fabrics sure to flatter most body types, Perchance is a must for the fashion-forward woman looking for a new statement piece to add to her wardrobe. Complete the outfit with a beautiful leather belt or shoes.

We’ve touted our love of this boutique before. With several locations around Chicago, Francesca’s is always fun to peruse, rifle through, and try on as many bracelets as possible. With most jewelry under $30 and most clothing under $50, Francesca’s is a great stop for anyone on a budget — but not willing to give up style.

Paper Source
You’ll find Paper Source locations around the city, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t peek in here. Its window displays are always bright, colorful, and inviting, and you can find a card or gift for everyone on your list. They also offer customized stationary, invitations, and business cards.

Mint Julep
The store is packed with bright colors, bold patterns, and on-trend shirts, skirts, and dresses. Prices range from $50 to $300, so if you’ve got some cash to spend you’re sure to find your next date-night or bar-night outfit here.

What you’d expect to find with a name like that: classy accessories for your classy pooch.

Babydolls Boutique
For your fashionable baby.

The beautiful clothes will draw you into this shop, but don’t expect to make it out of here for under $300. Only visit this boutique if you are ready to invest in a quality garment.

About Molly Tranberg

Molly Tranberg loves discovering new things in Chicago–especially all of its wonderful food. She is a freelance writer and editor currently working from her very comfy couch on the Northside of Chicago. Her dream is to one day ride a segway around the city and heli-ski in Alaska.

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