UPDATE: As of February 2010, Maria Pinto is closed.
135 N. Jefferson, (312)648-1350, mariapinto.com
Goods: Women’s clothing. Designers: Owner and designer Maria Pinto runs her own label. Owner: Putting Chicago fashion on the map last year with the first lady’s official seal of approval, Pinto has become a household name. Vibe: Spacious, open and airy—Pinto definitely invokes the old adage “less is more.” Price Range: Luxury. The Look: Sophisticated and classy. Shopper’s Perks: Locale, locale, locale: Obama-mania has spawned a Pinto craze, and lucky for us, her flagship boutique is just an El ride away.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009