The Best New Chicago Shops of 2012

Where we filled our bags this year

best new shops!

It was a great year for retail therapy. We celebrated the city’s new shops by blowing our budget — and feeling okay about it. Here are the spots we couldn’t stay away from.

Place to forget your tech dependence: paging through indie, manga, and foreign reads at City Lit Books.

Where midcentury meets modern: 1920s dresses, ’50s dishware, Baggu bags, and Saudade jewelry at Caza.

Closest thing to a year-round yard sale: Roadtrip’s mishmosh of eclectic and vintage curiosities.

Spot to play house: amid bedding and tabletop vignettes at Unison Studio + Store.

Dude den: Independence, for stylish men’s clothing and accessories (and not a pleated khaki in sight).

Cure for chain store-itis: handmade finds by more than 50 indie designers and artists at Paperish Mess.

Lesson in good taste: design-centric books, stationery, apparel, and jewelry at Study Hall.

Best encore: Shop 1021, the gift boutique opened by Play toy store owner Ann Kienzle.

Photo: Brian Guido and Julia Stotz / Courtesy of Unison Home

1955 W Chicago Ave
bt Damen & Winchester Aves
Chicago, IL 60622
2523 N Kedzie Blvd
@ Linden Pl
Chicago, IL 60647
1459 N Milwaukee Ave
bt Evergreen Ave & Honore St
Chicago, IL 60622
1920 N Damen Ave
bt Cortland & Homer Sts
Chicago, IL 60647
2016 W Chicago Ave
bt Damen & Hoyne Aves
Chicago, IL 60622
2650 N Milwaukee Ave
@ Sawyer Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
47 E Oak St
bt Rush St & Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
2000 W Fulton St
@ Damen Ave, std f109
Chicago, IL 60612