Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood boasts one of the most renowned shopping destinations in the country.  Located just steps from The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile, cruise along famed Oak Street where you’ll find every style from casual to couture. See what’s on our Gold Coast wish list this month.  

Barney’s New York, 15 East Oak Street
Located on the corner of Oak and Rush, Barney’s New York includes six floors of fashion and accessories with its signature restaurant, Fred’s, on top. The real head-turner in Chicago is the lower level, home to beauty and fragrance.  Barney’s offers many exclusive fragrances and our pick is Chantecaille’s recent release Le Wild, which captures the essence of spring with its scent of vibrant wildflowers.

Independence, 47 East Oak Street
Oak Street includes many boutiques just for men and one of our favorites is Independence. The store is popular with the local fashion crowd due to its selection of leather goods, contemporary lines and vintage pieces. Check out the Louis wallet by Ashland Leather & Co., a local Chicago maker. It’s reasonably priced at $100 and is made from vintage brown cordovan leather with pockets for both cards and cash.

Madewell, 932 Rush Street
Just a few stores down on Rush Street sits Madewell, home to a collection of casual and comfortable fashion and accessories. While the store includes dresses, shoes, bags and leisurewear, most head to Madewell for their denim selection. With summer right around the corner, pick up a pair of the Perfect Summer Jeans, in the newly-released Fitzgerald wash. The style features a slim leg with a pale indigo wash, ready for rooftop cocktailing. 

VMR, 34 East Oak Street
One of the most carefully-curated collections of designer duds can be found at women’s boutique, VMR.  Located on the top floor of the 34 East Oak building, VMR (Vintage Modern Retail) includes a selection of both vintage and contemporary designer collections.  Our showstopper pick is Balmain’s Draped Cold Shoulder Dress from the SS17 collection. The maxi dress has ruched details, gold-tone hardware and a chic off-shoulder design. 

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