Take the Brown Line to Armitage Avenue and spend the day shopping Lincoln Park’s historic shopping district for everything from bridal party gifts to honeymoon lingerie.
Art Effect 934 W. Armitage Ave. 773-929-3600
Stop in this self-titled “modern day general store” for bridal party gifts ranging from photo frames to bath and body treats to fun glassware, such as wine glasses shaped like beer mugs and bomb-shaped shot glasses.
1154 Lill Studio (pictured) 904 W. Armitage Ave. 773-477-5455
At this interactive design studio and shop, customers get to play designer and pick their own handbag style, fabrics and finishing details—and brides get a 20 percent discount. Design a honeymoon beach tote, mom-of-the-bride makeup bag or colorful clutches for all of your bridesmaids.
Benefit Boutique 852 W. Armitage Ave. 773-880-9192
There’s more to love about this bubble-gum pink cosmetics boutique than just kooky product names (from Erase Paste concealer to a mascara-and-lip gloss set called Prrrowl). If you make an appointment for a makeup trial and spend $75 on products, they’ll send a makeup artist to do your wedding-day face for free.
Isabella Fine Lingerie 840 W. Armitage Ave. 773-281-2352
This sophisticated shop can hook you up with wedding night-worthy underthings and just the right corset or strapless bra to go under your gown, plus bachelorette gifts from classy line Booty Parlor that walk the line between tasteful and risque. The staff promises 5-minute bra fittings with no appointment needed.
Weddings 826 826 W. Armitage Ave. 773-529-8871
This wedding boutique sells moderately priced off-the-rack wedding gowns, jewelry, veils and tiaras as well as myriad other accessories, from guest books to garters to flower-girl baskets.
All She Wrote 825 W. Armitage Ave. 773-529-0100
This monogram and stationery shop is packed to the ceiling with delightful gifts and also does a brisk business in custom invitations.
Worth the detour
These Lincoln Park shops are located a few blocks north of Armitage on Webster Avenue and definitely are worth a look if you’re in the neighborhood.
Erin Gallagher’s Gem Bar 1013 W. Webster Ave. 312-492-7548
Browse the display case full of crystal and pearl bridal jewelry, or belly up to the gem bar to customize different styles of earrings, bracelets and necklaces with your choice of colorful gems. Cufflinks made from watch gears or salvaged Wrigley Field seats make for a thoughtful gift for the groom.
The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery 1155 W. Webster Ave. 773-929-7422
This Parisian-inspired boutique stocks gobs of glittery jewelry and an impressive selection of modern and traditional shoes (including dyeables, if that’s your thing). You’ll also find jeweled cake toppers, feathery fascinators and fuzzy faux-fur wraps for winter weddings.
Underthings 804 W Webster Ave. 773-472-9291
This lingerie shop may be tiny, but it is packed to the brim with everything from cozy robes to lacy camisole sets.