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Re: Unique shops

Me and two of my girlfriends are meeting in Chicago for our annual trip the weekend of November 3. We shopped at all the big department stores last year and will do that again, but we were wondering where we might find some smaller, more boutique-style shops, unique shops, maybe some antique stores, etc.? Last year one night we went to Second City which was a blast. This year we thought we might go listen to some music and were wondering if Buddy Guy's Legends would be a good choice?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions, help, etc.

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1. Re: Re: Unique shops

Armitage Ave. west of Halsted Street is a neat area of the types of shops you're referring to. Also, Halsted St north and south of Armitage. Take the CTA brown line train to Armitage.

Buddy Guy's is a good choice. Another option for blues is Kingston Mines. For jazz, I recommend Jazz Showcase or Andy's.

Check out www.chicagoreader.com and www.metromix.com for music listings.

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2. Re: Re: Unique shops

More small boutiques are found on Southport (take the Brown line to the Southport stop) and walk north. Lots of cute stores, restaurants and bars. Also, in Bucktown, take the Blue line to the North/Damen stop where you'll find more unique (non-chain) stores, restaurants + bars.

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3. Re: Re: Unique shops

For live music, check out The Reader for the most up to date listings. Website address is:


Personally, I am a big fan of Shuba's: