3458 N. Southport, (773)248-1967, kristak.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing and accessories. Designers: Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, MINT by jodi arnold, Haute Hippie, Helmut Lang, Current/Elliott, William Rast, jeans by Citizens of Humanity. Owner: Drawing on her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management—and her considerable experience with shopping—Krista Kaur Meyers opened her boutique in 2002. Vibe: This two-story, window-lined boutique carries fully stocked floors, an approachable staff and plenty of catch-your-breath seating. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Take these crisp, sophisticated and full-of-feminine-charm pieces from a holiday party to an evening of ten-dollar martinis. Shopper’s Perks: With an oversized leather couch, a basket of kid’s toys and a stack of magazines, this shop is well-equipped to occupy antsy family members. Each January and July, the Shop Around the Clock sale allows shoppers to score an additional fifty percent off already-reduced items for the first hour.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009