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Best clothing designer for urban pixies

Anastasia Chatzka anastasiachatzka.com That Anastasia Chatzka hasn’t experienced burnout is a wonder. The 31-year-old has financed her own business by working multiple jobs, designed her own fashion line, managed two boutiques (located in Ukrainian Village and Hyde Park), handled on-site alterations, presented seasonal fashion shows, and now plans to open pop-up shops in LA and […]

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Best clothes for biking

Tenspeed Hero store.tenspeedhero.com Last November, Reader street-style maven Isa Giallorenzo snapped a picture of Aleia Murawski, one of nine friends who create cycle-centric clothing under the label Tenspeed Hero. The company prides itself on making pieces that look good in or out of a velodrome, and sure enough, Murawski’s reflective leggings (which she’d paired with […]

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Best multipurpose beauty product

Sparrow for Everyone sparrowforeveryone.com In recent years a beauty essential has been added to the standard cosmetics arsenal: so-called “miracle oil,” a cocktail of essential oils applied to soothe skin. I thought I’d found the right one, which cost more than three digits and was made by a high-end national chain. But I was wrong: […]

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Best rug cleaner

Mathew Klujian & Sons klujianrugs.com Of all my household furnishings, my rug has been with me the longest. We’ve been through a lot together, my rug and I. For years, it has faithfully protected my feet from cold floors and covered up depressing-looking stains. And yet I treat it so shabbily! I track mud and […]

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Best piercing shop for adults

Insight Studios insightstudiosonline.com As a piercing veteran, I’ve gotten over the adolescent impulse to rebel at the nearest body shop. I still have the urge to get pierced, but these days it’s in the most cautious, mature manner possible. At Insight, “Santi,” aka Juan Santiago, one of Insight Studios’ resident piercers, took hold of my […]

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Best reason to kick off your shoes

Relax Feet relaxfeet.us Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega would agree that a foot massage is a touchy matter. Relax Feet takes them seriously, providing certified massage therapists, a soothing and thoughtfully decorated environment, clean premises, and very competitive fees. There’s even a separate room for two people where you can throw the most relaxing party ever—if […]

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Best waterproof notebook

Field Notes Expedition edition fieldnotesbrand.com Field Notes provides the perfect pocket-size notebooks to make you feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson movie, exemplified by the charmingly specific details of the Expedition edition. It’s easy to imagine a pastel-tinted Anderson sequence outlining the 12 scientific tests the notebooks passed—they scored especially high marks in “tensile […]

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Best hidden bookstore

Open Books Pilsen open-books.org Open Books Pilsen isn’t hidden, exactly. But since it’s camouflaged as a garage on a quiet block of 19th Street, a few minutes’ walk from the taquerias and bakeries and thrift shops of the commercial strip on 19th, you could easily walk right by—unless you happen to peer through the door […]

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Best intimidating jewelry

Blue Buddha Boutique bluebuddhaboutique.com Anybody who’s in the business of brainwashing women into buying more clothing and accessories will tell you the best way to brighten up a blah outfit is to add some statement jewelry. There are plenty of stores in Chicago selling jewelry that will help you state that you are a fun, […]