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Greer
1013 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
After years of putting her MBA to good use as an ad exec, Chandra Greer left it all behind for more creative pastures and never looked back. Greer is the kind of stationery-slash-gift shop you can pop into in a hurry and emerge with the perfect present (say, a Xenia Taler trivet or Lucia candle) or time permitting, pass an afternoon perusing the artfully cluttered displays. All the usual suspects—Rifle Paper Co., Delfonics, Ferme a Papier—are well represented, as are less-known indie makers like Antiquaria and Tiselle. Don’t miss the house line of miniature just-because cards, aptly called Civilettes.
Eskell
2029 N. Western Ave., Bucktown
Kelly Whitesell and Elizabeth Del Castillo, the founders of this Wicker Park standby, are known for their trend-driven, yet somehow totally timeless sensibility, which is perfectly reflected in the boutique’s easy-to-navigate layout and eclectic buy (Judi Rosen denim, knits from Barcelona-based Yerse, and In God We Trust charm necklaces). And while the eponymous house line might skew a little young for some, for the right girl, the racks of retro-tinged dresses and printed separates are a sartorial goldmine. The apothecary, however, is a sure bet for just about everyone—think, D.S. & Durga fragrances and Qualitas candles.
RR #1 Apothecary
814 N. Ashland Ave., West Town
Housed in what used to be a 1930s apothecary (thankfully, the original wood paneling was left untouched), RR#1 Apothecary is one of those stores that you’ll have a hard time leaving empty-handed. On offer: a dizzying array of candles, teas, and soaps, as well as kitschy prank gifts, tea towels, and novelty books. It’s pretty ideal for picking up a last minute something for the hostess, they'll even gift-wrap your selection right at the counter.
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