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Lincoln Park has long been a favorite Chicago shopping neighborhood, and it continues to reinvent itself to stay with the times. Along Lincoln Park's multiple shopping corridors, you'll see high-end shops and bohemian boutiques mixed with restaurants and more. You'll also see why Chicago shoppersun venture beyond the Magnificent Mile into Lincoln Park's fun, funky and fashionable shopping atmosphere.

Lincoln Park Shopping - Armitage & Halsted Corridor

Lincoln Park is inviting and beckons newcomers and Chicago shopping veterans. Independent shops as well as numerous national chains make for a well-rounded experience in this vibrant Chicago shopping area. You might want to start your day with French toast and freshly squeezed O.J. at Nookies Too, or stop by Argo Tea to revitalize yourself with one of their signature blends.

Apparel in Lincoln Park

Several renowned designers have made this Chicago shopping area their home. If you're looking for something eclectic and whimsical, the charming boutique of Chicago Native Cynthia Rowley to find the perfect dress/outfit/accessory for a night out in Chicago. Or head down Armitage to Ralph Lauren's edgier outpost, Rugby, where you'll find the season's top picks.

Meanwhile, a number of leading national chains have made sure they too have locations in this thriving Chicago shopping area. Stop by Lucky Brand for the best new denim, and be sure to check out Arden B, Bebe or Abercrombie & Fitch.

Shoes & Accessories in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is also home to the flagship store of 1154 Lill Studio, where shoppers can custom design their own handbags or browse through ready-made designs. You'll lose track of time browsing through fabric samples and patterns during this wildly addictive but incredibly enjoyable Chicago retail experience.

No Chicago shopping spree is complete without a visit to Lori's Shoes, a Lincoln Park favorite that is sure to satisfy your inner shoe fetish. Don't let the stacks of shoeboxes covering the floor fool you - they stock the latest from hot designers like Dolce Vita, Jeffrey Campbell, and Franco Sarto.

Putting in some serious shopping hours? You might want to stop by Nine West, Aerosoles, or Aldo to pick up the perfect shoes for hitting the pavement in this lively Chicago shopping area.

Specialty Stores

At Kiehl's, Chicago shoppers stock up on the best in all-natural skin and hair products. Their friendly staff will help you find your perfect skincare regimen, and men love their line of the best shaving products.

Long day of shopping? Reservations at the esteemed Charlie Trotter's might be the perfect end to your day, or for something more romantic, try the dimly lit, subterranean Geja's, a fondue institution.

Lincoln Park Shopping - North & Clybourn Corridor

Just south of the Armitage and Halsted intersection, and conveniently centered around the Red Line "L" stop North & Clybourn, is Lincoln Park's most burgeoning shopping center.

Lincoln Park Apparel

Walking down North Avenue, you'll find everything you need to keep up a contemporary but classic wardrobe: Banana Republic, J Crew, Victoria's Secret, and Gap. Though we can't promise kids will want to go shopping, you might try a trip to Carter's for cute and afforable kids clothes.

Lincoln Park Home Furnishings

This Chicago retail area also boasts an impressive array of hotspots for the home. Find something chic at Z Gallerie, or try Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn for timeless staples for your home.

Lincoln Park is also home to a family of Crate & Barrel stores: Crate & Barrel and its contemporary spin-off, CB2, are great places to start off a day of home shopping. If you're trying to decorate the perfect nursery, child's bedroom, or playroom, Crate & Barrel's kids store, Land of Nod, is definitely the place to go. Kids love the retro toys and fun accessories; adults appreciate the selection of well-made furniture and home decor. Lincoln Park is also home to the only Crate & Barrel Outlet in Chicago.

At specialty stores like The Container Store, you can find everything you need to reorganize your home. Embrace your inner foodie and stock up on copper cookware and a variety of kitchen gadgets at Sur La Table. Getting hungry, already? Grab a gourmet pizza at Pizza Capri, or rethink everything you know about food at Alinea, where molecular gastronomy meets delicious ingredients.

All Shopped Out?

Overindulge in your shopping experience? Admission is free at Lincoln Park Zoo, and there's no better way to get back to nature than a few hours in the lion house. Or make your way over to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and check out over 75 species in the butterfly haven. Budding Chicago historians shouldn't leave without seeing the Chicago History Museum, where you can see artifacts from the Great Chicago Fire or learn a little bit more about the neighborhood at "Lincoln Park Block by Block."

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Faith Czajkowski prefers Chicago Shopping: Lincoln Park Guide
December 20, 2011 at 13:07 PM