Top Choice Food in Near North & Navy Pier

Garrett Popcorn

Like lemmings drawn to a cliff, people form long lines outside this store on the Mag Mile. Granted, the caramel corn is heavenly and the cheese popcorn decadent, but is it worth waiting in the whipping snow for a ch…
Top Choice Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Reckless Records

Chicago’s best indie-rock record and CD emporium allows you to listen to everything before you buy. It’s certainly the place to get your finger on the pulse of the local, au courant underground scene. There's plenty…
Top Choice Music in Minneapolis

Electric Fetus

This indie record store sells a whopping selection of new and used CDs and vinyl, plus groovy hats, T-shirts and incense. It has the lowdown on the local music scene, complete with concert tickets for sale (check th…
Top Choice Toys in Gold Coast

American Girl Place

This is not your mother’s doll shop; it’s an experience. Here dolls are treated as real people: the ‘hospital’ carts them away in wheelchairs for repairs, and the cafe seats the dolls as part of the family during te…
Top Choice Vintage in Near West Side & Pilsen

Modern Cooperative

ModCo carries a terrific selection of mid-century modern furniture from the 1960s and ’70s, as well as artworks, jewelry, pillows and bags from current local designers. It is located inside Pilsen's historic Thalia …
Top Choice Books in Detroit

John K. King Used & Rare Books

This cluttered, multi-story bookstore is a Detroit landmark sure to delight any bibliophile. Treasures await in the dusty stacks, and exploring the building is an adventure in itself.
Top Choice Books in South Loop & Near South Side

Sandmeyer's Bookstore

It's not big, it's not flashy and it doesn't host many author events. Instead this small Printer's Row spot offers an old-school bookstore experience of creaking wood floors and jazz piping softly through the speake…
Cosmetics in Lincoln Square

Merz Apothecary

Merz is a true turn-of-the-century European apothecary. Antique pharmacy jars contain herbs, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and supplements, and the shelves are stacked high with skin care, personal care, bath and a…
Music in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Logan Hardware

Logan Hardware is a used record store with a little something extra in its back room: the Vintage Arcade Museum. So after flicking through bins of rock, funk and Chicago band LPs – and scoring, say, a bluesy Chess R…
Antiques in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Architectural Artifacts

This mammoth, 80,000-sq-ft salvage warehouse is a treasure trove that prompts continual mutterings of ‘Where on earth did they find that?’. Italian marionettes, 1920s French mannequins and Argentinean cast-iron mail…