Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park

Wicker Park is our #1 choice for vintage and recycled clothes. But even if you’re not into the charm of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Milwaukee Ave. still has lots of great choices for men’s and women’s fashion, food and yes, vintage. Here’s a quick summary of our favorite stores. Click on the store to go to our listing and  more insider tips. Also, you might get hungry while walking the avenue, if so check out: Covo Gyro Market and Native Foods Cafe.

T-Shirt from Brooklyn Industries in Wicker Park
Brooklyn Industries

1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

The only Chicago location of this NYC store, they carry fashion-forward private label clothes for men and  women. Versatile pieces with a little trend mixed in. A few adorable baby t-shirts worth checking out.

Shop here for: Women’s fashion, Men’s fashion, Accessories

Summer dresses at Emma in Wicker ParkEmma

1424 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

This outpost of the original Emma in Northern Michigan, has young, contemporary weekend fashion. Brands include: Chaser, Kings of Cole, and Whitney E. You’ll also find cute accessories, a small selection of high-end denim and even some lingerie.

Shop here for: Women’s fashion

Cream and mustard sweaterEskell

1509 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

This elegant store features the Eskell line of clothing, plus a few other well-chosen brands. Fashion forward, but totally wearable pieces. Shop here for a weekend date outfit, and you’ll end up with pieces that you’ll incorporate into frequent rotation.

Shop here for: Women’s fashion, Accessories

Four panama hats from Goorin Bros.Goorin Bros.

1533 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Hats for hipsters and their grandpas. Either generation is going to be equally happy trying on pork pies and fedoras. Nice range of women’s summer straw hats and even some fascinators, should you have a British wedding in the offing.

Shop here for: Hats

Three funky spring shoes.John Fluevog Shoes 

1539 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

This Canadian designer has a handful of stores in the U.S., so if you love his limited run, funky look, you’ll want to visit. Men’s and women’s styles, with seasonally rotating boots and sandals.

Shop here for: Shoes

Cupcake soap at Mojo SpaMojo Spa

1468 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Owner Amanda Kezios turned he search for the perfect lip balm into a handcrafted beauty products line that uses all-natural ingredients. If you have a skin problem, Amanda or her staff can help. They also offer manicures, pedicures and all the fun girls-only events you can imagine.

Shop here for: Beauty, Gifts, Spa Services

Store sign for Myopic BooksMyopic Books

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

In the ‘hood for 20 years, this well stocked book store has mostly used copies. They specialize in literary fiction, and the staff not only keep the store organized, they’re very helpful if you need a recommendation. A must-stop before your next trip—books never run out of batteries.

Shop here for: Books

Unicorn maskRudy’s Roundup

1410 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

This general store has fun gifts, outrageous cards and a mix of vintage and new treasures. Need that slightly rude book to get a friend out of her funk — here’s where you’ll find it.

Shop here for: Gifts

Gold ring by Clay & ChloeThe Silver Room

1442 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

The vibe in this jewelry store is cool and calm, unless there’s a party to celebrate a new musical release. They carry 15 local designers, including Clay & Chloe and Lucius, as well as indie magazines, records and t-shirts.

Shop here for: Accessories, gifts, music

Vintage purple shoesStore B

1472 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

It’s not pretend vintage, it’s real vintage. Love that the quality is high (you won’t find tears or stains) and the dresses are organized by waist size, and yes, they have a tape measure to help you. Cool selection.

Shop here for: Vintage, Women’s fashion, Accessories

Rhinestone necklaceTiara Love

1452 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Looking for a stunning, but cheap, necklace for prom? You’ve found accessory central. It’s mostly a teen clientele who are looking for something they can’t find at Forever 21.

Shop here for: Accessories

unamae_wickerparkUna Mae’s 

1528 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Shop here for men’s and women’s clothing, gifts and apothecary. This adorable store carries Baxter and Pendleton classics, as well as harder-to-find labels like Bellroy. Mostly new, but a few vintage pieces thrown into the mix too.

Shop here for: Men’s fashion, Women’s fashion, Accessories

Vintage cowboy bootsU.S. #1

1460 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

I love a vintage store that specializes, and this one does just that. Cowboy boots, leather jackets and faux leopard coats are their specialty — all in a neatly arranged space.

Shop here for: Vintage, Shoes


Gold and pearl vintage necklace and earringsVintage Underground

1507 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

The little sister of the original Vintage Underground on North Ave., this spin off focuses on vintage jewelry.  Some are signed, some are just fun. Also, the well-edited clothes are put together into chic outfits so even a vintage virgin can find a look.

Shop here for: Vintage, Accessories

Where the Stores Are

Beyond the Independents

This neighborhood has some bigger retailers to keep in mind, including:

Aldo Shoes, 1520 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Buffalo Exchange, 1478 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Carharrt,  1518 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chrome Industries, 1529 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Cross Roads Trading Co.,  1519 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Free People,  1464 N. Milwaukee Ave.

G Star Raw,  1525 N. Milwaukee  Ave.

Pitaya,  1463 Milwaukee Ave.

Ragstock,  1433 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Second Time Around,  1543 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Urban Outfitters,  1521 N. Milwaukee Ave.