UPDATE: Flirt is closed as of September 2008.
3449 N. Southport, (773)935-4789, shopflirt.com
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Charlotte Tarantola, Saja, To The Max, Rock & Republic, Hobo International, Puella, Kensie, Porridge and Ranahan. Owners: Channing Blair Hesse and Lynn Ellenberger met while working as partners at a Chicago law firm and opened Flirt to combine their interests in fashion and business. Vibe: An artsy loft apartment, with racks of clothes lining the periphery and a zebra-striped sofa strewn with hot pink throw pillows taking center stage. Exposed-brick walls and an elaborate chandelier, along with a vintage vanity piled high with belts, add to the homey feel. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Frilly, cheeky duds for an evening of drinks in the Southport corridor. Shopper’s Perks: Check the boutique’s Web site for regular sidewalk, trunk and end-of-season events.