1719 N. Damen, (773)772-0505, chicagotangerine.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Designers: Cloak & Dagger, Dace, Tibi, Serfontaine, Genetic Denim, Buqet, Small Town Jeans, Majestic and J Brand. Owner: Lori Mandarino opened the boutique more than ten years ago. With no fashion experience, only a knack for style, she started the successful business “from scratch.” Vibe: A giant antique bar with intricately carved flowers serves as the cash register. Racks are punctuated with sinuous, metal branches. Price Range: Expensive. The Look: World traveler with exquisite taste (and beyond-a-backpacker’s budget). This shopper scours outdoor markets for antique charms and ethnic jewelry. Obsessed with color and sophisticated prints. Shopper’s Perks: A sale section in back is often stocked with bargains.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009