METCHAHotSpot City Guide: CHICAGO
No wonder Chicago is a LIT space on earth. During Lollapaloozait was THE place to be.
Now that the festival is over *cries in hipster language*, we explored the hometown of our beloved Kanye West a little more. And guess what, you guys?
The city has the sickest places to go. 🛸
⏰ If u missed our trip to Lolla Chicago, click here & check it out (we featured the dopest fits right there, just fyi). ⏰
Popping out between venues, bars and outlets, we found out where all the hot-babes go in Chi-Chi. So turn up your music, take a deep breath and come with us on Metcha city guide of our favorites metropolitan hot spots of 𝕮𝖍𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖌𝖔 .👇
[ WICKER PARK / NEIBORGHOOD ]
This neighbourhood is the tourists and hipsters fave place to shop. Right there u can find the coolest outlets for vintage clothes and accessories.
Besides that, we found pleeeenty of amazing cafeterias ☕️ that even without caffeine, got us super excited&energetic to see everything that Wicker Park could offer us: barber shops, restaurants with tons of dish options.
The stores are very close to each other and are located @ Milwaukee Ave. A total METCHA tip for you.
This one is our favorite 🤤 Buffalo Exchange is super famous on the US, they have like 50 stores around the whole country.
Bags, shoes and leather jackets with accessible prices and everything with the best quality. Right there u can buy, sell and trade reused clothes. But don’t get them wrong: its all highly curated with eyes right on fashion trends, that we can assure you.
How about getting out some clothes off the bottom of your closet to trade for something new? Now that sustainability is cooler and best than ever, u should really get your environmental consciousness to make some style exchanges. ✌♻
📍1478 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA.
US #1 VINTAGE CLOTHING
It’s called the #1 Vintage Clothing for no coincidence at all: you need to take care for not losing yourself into soooo so many clothing, shoes and accessories racks.
You'll find tons of exclusive leather pieces, and some of them come with a really good story to tell and more than 40 years old. Like they say: 𝔤𝔬𝔬𝔡 𝔣𝔞𝔰𝔥𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔫𝔢𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔰. And nothing better than a super exclusive piece, right?
But you gotta RUN, babe. 👟👟👟 There's a rumor that the owner is planning to move for the West Coast, probably San Fran. So make sure u enjoy this traditional store in Chicago while there’s still time.
📍1460 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA.
MILDBLEND SUPPLY CO.
When u get there, u'll see that the store already announce how it’s gonna be once u get inside: insane. By the window, you can spot jackets, bags, boots and a lot more of pieces. At Mildblend Supply Co., you'll find everything you can imagine: lots&lots of jeans and leather pieces (ur favorite James Dean on a Harley combo, we'd say).
Also, you can discover homedecor pieces that’ll make you feel inside of your own Pinterest board. Prices there are not the friendliest, but you gotta pay a price for a prize, right?🤑 🤑
📍1342 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA.
Hold tight: now we're getting into history. Schott NYC is one of the oldest stores in the country – a truly American classic. Launched in 1913, they been offering the most high quality leather pieces ever since. If you're a leather lover like us, ⭐️welcome to paradise⭐️.
It’s the perfect place to find all of the awesome biker clothing that will literally drive your IG followers crazy. Ofc, the amount of fresh fits you can compose with their pieces is something you can’t believe in – and neither could us once we got there.
📍1509 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA
Warning: Go to Fluevog specially if you really have a reeeally bold personality 🤪 Sorry, but that's because John Fluevog has big fans like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, which means… is literally not for anyone, right? 🤷♀️
With more than 40 years of history, Fluevog achieved the pop culture perfection. Time is something that makes the brand better and greater. The ambitious designs of the shoes will make you reflect much more than an art piece – or aren’t those shoes considered masterpieces too? We vote for total yes: they mix gothic, classic and cute vibes on a such calculated proportion.
And we didn’t even mention the eccentric and supercool decor of the store. You gotta check it for yourself, thats a fact. ✌
📍 1539 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA
It's a small&cozy store with a full personality. This boutique offers accessories, funny pins and a lot of leather wallets and bags.
Looking for gifts for all your gang? Not a problem with Una. Also, if you like stuff w/ a boho style and ethnic prints, you'll definitely love this shop. It serves all tastes: men & women clothing, vintage and new pieces. Just go for it 🧨.
📍 1528 N Milwaukee Ave # 1, Chicago, IL 60622, EUA
[ PILSEN / NEIBORGHOOD ]
Smaller than Wicker Park, but still as cool as a moose, Pilsen is a place with a lot tons of Mexican influence (a total culture alert, tho) 💛 The streets imerge you into history: full of posters and graffitis that are totally selfie and instagramable worthy🤳.
Pilsen has tons of vintage stores for you to have fun. The neighbourhood also offers the coolest options to drink coffees, eat some snacks and enjoy a really nice afternoon with beautiful views. Follow the track to enjoy the best couple of hours in there. 💎
PILSEN COMMUNITY BOOK SHOP
After walking down in the streets of Pilsen, make sure u come straight to the Pilsen Community Book Shop 📚.
If you’re lucky enough, you’ll arrive here on a *event day*.
The place sells used books and is simply beautiful and it also reunites rare editions of them. 🌹 Great for literature and decor lovers 🌹 Just be careful: u can spend hours and hours inside of the books of the store 😅.
Come back IRL and let’s keep walking to our next hotspot. 👇
📍 1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, EUA
CÀ PHÊ ĐÁ
Our next tip a must-go place to take your time to eat while reading a book, listening to some podcasts or do some *Marie Kondo* on your mind. The Cà Phê Đá (which is owned by the HaiSous restaurant, one of the coolest places in Vietnam since 2018) is an all day bar/cafe with a Vietnamese menu: all full of delicious street food with fresh ingredients. If you like 🥪 that are very well made with herbs, cucumber and soft pâtés, the BÁNH MÌ will be your favorite option for the right on time meal.
📍 1800 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608, EUA
This is by far one of the dopest vintage stores we've ever been to. If you love the 80's or the 90's, the Very Best Vintage will give you life w/ their unique selected pieces. This place have a vintage Chicago school aesthetics, which is a total YES.
📍 1346 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, EUA
PILSEN VINTAGE & THRIFT
Curated vintage and thrift clothing, furniture, accessories, electronics, records, housewares and jewelry. Needless to say, The Pilsen Vintage & Thrift is the hippest of all vintage shops ☮️ If you love to get dress freely and imaginative, here is your place 🌈.
Guess that now we proved you that Chi-Chi town is the coolest and instagramable place, right? 👅 If it wasn't, Kim and Kanye wouldn't have named their third baby after the name of the city, huh?! Only the wildest babes step in there.