Since the mid-’90s, Damen Avenue in Bucktown has been a shopping haven. Starting with independent boutiques like p.45 and Stitch for women’s clothing and well-curated housewares, the strip north of North Avenue has become a destination with big-name brands like Lululemon, Nike, Club Monaco, and BCBG Max Azria. If you’re up for a day of shopping with a bit of noshing and drinking tossed into the mix, check out these stores to get your fill — and fill your bags.
Stitch: — A neighborhood pioneer, Stitch is the place for all your home accessories, furniture and truly one-of-a-kind gifts — even that pair of chic sunglasses you didn’t know you needed. 1937 N. Damen
The T-Shirt Deli— It’s a super cute shop that looks like an old school butcher. Pick out a T-shirt or hoodie, an iron-on, some letters and you just got an original gift — for yourself or someone else! 1739 N. Damen
Apartment Number 9 — One of the most stylish shops for men’s clothing, accessories and shoes — think A.P.C., Billy Reid, Paul Smith, Red Wing and more. 1804 N. Damen.
p.45 — Open nearly 20 years, this globally renowned minimalist women’s boutique brings together emerging designers and well-known names for all things fashion. 1643 N. Damen
G Boutique— A super feminine sex store by women for women. Get all your toys, lingerie, videos and more in a comfortable, cute space. 2131 N. Damen
Gant Rugger — Rustic, urban, stylish and hip, Gant is one of the cooler men’s retailers to land in Chicago. 1702 N. Damen
Steven Alan— We love the light, airy and easy-breezy flow of the New York designer’s first Chicago boutique for men’s and women’s, well, everything. 1659 N. Damen
The Goddess and Grocer — Whether you want to grab and go or sit and sip, the Goddess will sate all your cravings from beautiful salads and hearty sandwiches to wine, coffee, organic snacks and so much more. Camp out on the second floor outdoor deck overlooking Damen to take a break from all the shopping. 1649 N. Damen
Hot Chocolate — The name may say “cafe,” but this restaurant from James Beard Award-winner Mindy Segal is perfect for lunch or dinner, whether you want a grain bowl with seasonal vegetables, a top-rated burger, beautiful roast chicken with fingerling potatoes or some of the best cookies you’ll ever try. 1747 N. Damen