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Guest Blogger: Raise Your Chicago Style IQ

Hailing from the Windy City is this week’s guest blogger, Rachel Kwall. Retail Therapy, her current blog on ChicagoNow, provides readers with fashion, gossip and beauty news on a daily basis. Given that she’s a contributor at Refinery29 and ChicagoNow, we trust her to give us some fabulous advice. Stay tuned this week — she’ll be sharing secrets from Chicago spas that rock, tips for finding great bargain beauty products, and more.


You may not realize it, but Chicago has a lot to offer in the way of style and shopping. From the hip-and-trendy Wicker Park area to the preppy-and-chic Gold Coast stores, there are Chicago-based shops for everyone. Here are a few style spots to visit next time you’re in town!

Sarca: Located in the heart of downtown, Sarca is the exclusive U.S carrier for the Italian knitwear line Stefanel.

Akira: With 14 locations all over the city, this boutique is known for its edgy clothing and great prices.

Sofia Vintage: This store, located on well-known Oak Street in the heart of the Gold Coast, is regarded as having the BEST vintage finds in the city.

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