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Shop Vintage in Chicago

By Travel Savvy

Shopaholics unite! With shopping destinations like the Magnificent Mile, Chicago is one of the best cities in the U.S. for a healthy dose of retail therapy. Aside from the malls and boutiques, Chicago is also home to plenty of vintage and second-hand shops worthy your attention (and #OOTD instagrams).

Buying vintage is high on the green-living scale, since giving a garment a second life means less clothes in landfills and more money in your pocket. And, once in a blue moon, shopping vintage can mean getting lucky and finding that one-of-a-kind piece that will make you the envy of all your it-girl and fashionista friends.

Let's dive into our list of the best places to shop for vintage clothing in the Windy City and get ready to score big time!

Lulu's Vintage bracelets 1

Photo Credit: Lulu's Vintage Instagram

Jewelry & Clothes: Lulu's
900 N. Michigan, 3rd Floor.

Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 7:00PM; Sunday 12:00PM - 6:00PM 

Founded in 2003, Chicago's premiere vintage salon Lulu's Vintage is proud to curate an expansive yet well-edited collection of cocktail dresses, wedding gowns, furs, and accessories. With pieces and accessories originally made from the 1920's to the 1980's, Lulu's will never dissapoint anyone looking for that one-of-a-kind "third piece" to complete your evening looks. 

Head over to Lulu's for some amazing jewelry and fashion finds today, and be sure to be in the mood to dig! We promise, each and every rack is jam-packed with unique dresses and accessories you'll be happy to pack up and take with you. 

Silver Moon Bridal Dress 2

Photo Credit: Silver Moon Vintage

Bridal & Occasion Dresses: Silver Moon
1721 West North Avenue

Monday 11:00AM - 4:00PM; Wednesday 11:00AM - 5:00PM; Thursday - Sunday 11:00AM - 6:00PM  

If you are the kind of gal that wants to show up to the party with that statement dress that no one else is wearing, a shopping visit to Silver Moon is a must. Established by designer-to-the-stars Liz Meyer nearly 35 years ago, this vintage shopping destination features bridal and luxury clothing that suits everyone from rock n' roll royalty to everyday vintage-lovers.

Inspired by Meyer's travels, Silver Moon's site promises the store will be "stocked with premium inventory from across the globe." Be sure to take advantage of their personalized styling services, allowing the shop's expert staff to custom fit, alter, or re-imagine a family heirloom, rare vintage piece, or designer wedding gown. 

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Photo Credit: Knee Deep Vintage Facebook

Unique Men's & Women's Fashion: Knee Deep Vintage 
1425 W 18th Street

Monday - Thursday 12:00PM - 7:00PM; Friday - Saturday 11:00AM - 8:00PM; Sunday 12:00PM - 6:00PM 

Hunting for a few downtown vintage pieces at local, consignment shop prices? Check out Carlos's collection at Knee Deep Vintage, located in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. A local favorite, Knee Deep has brought affordable, quality vintage thrift shopping to Chicago's south side since 2008. 

Expect to find well-organized racks of shirts, trousers, dresses as well as kitschy housewares to up your cool factor. From affordable, fashion-forward clothing, to fine vintage finds from the 1920's-1950's, you'll always walk away with a gem no matter what day you walk in.


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