UPDATE: As of October 2009, Grace is closed.
1917 N. Damen, (773)384-7223, shopgrace.com
Goods: Shoes and handbags for women. Designers: Luciano Padovan, Loeffler Randall, Bo’em; Wellingtons by Hunter; purses by Cate Adair. Owner: Executive recruiter Kristi Ryan opened a store that puts sophistication back into everyday footwear. Vibe: Modern and breathtakingly uncluttered, Grace showcases each shoe prominently, giving each sole room to shine. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Just because you’re going to the office doesn’t mean you have to wear dowdy, uninspired footwear. Ryan stocks chic, classic, long-lasting shoes that you can take from the office to dinner to dancing without losing a stylish step. Shopper’s Perks: Many of Grace’s designers aren’t well known in the US, and several of their lines are Chicago exclusives.
UPDATED May 2009