64 E. Walton, (312)951-5383, samanthachicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, lingerie, swimwear and accessories for women. Designers: Milly, Kenneth Jay Lane, LnA, Catherine Malandrino, Ya Ya, Vince and Genetic Denim. Owner: Samantha Mittelman opened the California-cool boutique in an effort to infuse the Midwest with West Coast style. Vibe: Samantha channels Barbie’s dream house with a white ostrich-skin couch, slick pink chairs and shaggy pink rugs. The walls are dressed in a girly flower print and mod white lamps illuminate the space. Price Range: Moderate-Expensive. The Look: Trend-driven and youthful. Beach babe by day, party girl by night. Gold Coast girl with California dreams. Shopper’s Perks: Starlets love this place, so you may just have a celebrity sighting. Also, the store’s Web site allows for online shopping.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009