934 W. Armitage, (773)929-3600, shoparteffect.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing for women, jewelry, hair accessories, shoes, purses, wallets, home accents, bath and body products and gifts. Designers: Billy Blues, Michael Stars; jewelry by Alexis Bittar, Jeanine Payer and Saundra Messinger. Owner: Esther Fishman opened Art Effect twenty-five years ago as an outpost for “wearable art.” Vibe: The shop has evolved into a modern-day general store, selling everything from jeans and cowboy boots to espresso machines and knitting kits. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: All dressed up with lots of trendy places to go. Shopper’s Perks: A t-shirt club that gets you the thirteenth free. The shop’s price point range allows something for everyone.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009