Neighborhood Tour: Wicker Park, Chicago

Neighborhood Tour: Wicker Park, Chicago

Sarah Coffey
Jan 15, 2010

>> Wicker Park Stores on Marketplace

Wicker Park is a hub for Chicago shoppers. If you're looking for independent stores and out-of-the-ordinary finds, this is the place to go. Stores tend to carry young, modern styles (for the young, modern locals who live there). You'll also find a lot of "lifestyle" boutiques that carry a mix of home goods, clothing, and accessories.

  • Sprout Home: Stopping by Sprout Home feels a little bit like dropping in at a friend's home - a friend with a fabulous modern aesthetic. The large open space, poured concrete floors and tons of light make the shop a perfect backdrop for all the plants, garden supplies, furnishings, tableware, and gifts.
  • Asrai Garden: When you walk into Asrai Garden the overwhelming scent of flowers and candles hits you right away. It's a good feeling, stepping from a busy Wicker Park street into a little oasis of crisp, clean smells.
  • Zella Brown: A large, colorful showroom mixes styles and tastes in a sophisticated-meets-fun sort of way. Owner and interior designer Trisha London and her staff were both informative and friendly, offering a custom experience at this original boutique.

  • Penelope's: Although Penelope's is primarily a clothing store, they also carry artwork, prints, and eclectic accessories for the home. Their selection of home goods is small, but the store owners have a great eye for the offbeat. Whenever we stop by, we find something new that we love.
  • Renegade Handmade: Renegade Handmade is a completely unique one-stop shop for DIY goods, featuring the work of over 300 artists! The mortar-and-brick store in Chicago was created as an extension of the über-popular Renegade Craft Fair, and in addition to selling wares online, now serves as a permanent location for people to buy and sell handmade items year 'round.
  • Pagoda Red: Pagoda Red has some of the best high-end, upscale Chinese antiques in Chicago. Most items are expensive, but their huge, beautifully arranged store is definitely worth a visit, if only to see the Chinese scholar's garden inside.

  • Grow: Grow got us with their bedding. We were charged with the task of finding modern organic crib sheets for a pregnant friend when we came across Grow. All of the eco-bedding patterns at Grow are available as crib bedding, pillows, twin-sized sheets, curtains, and valances. You can also purchase textiles by the yard for dyi projects.
  • Nina: A shop for knitters in Wicker Park. Nina sells hard-to-find supplies including super-soft yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas and hand-spun yarns from Ozark. Yarns are displayed in bundles on minimalist shelves, which gives the space a modern vibe.
  • Willow: This shop is a staple for good design (and a great place to pick up gifts during the holidays). They specialize in home accessories and we've scored a few great finds there. In the past they haven't had much of a Web presence, but we're happy to see they have a new site up with an online catalog.
  • Psycho Baby: Created by two busy moms, Psycho Baby is intended to be a "one-stop shopping experience that would be comfy and fun for kids and adults alike, and that had all the cool stuff for whatever baby or big kid you were shopping for."

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