OK, so there are plenty of places in Chicago to buy funky toilet brands to purty you up. But what makes this Wicker Park boutique so hip? It’s the location, of course, set up in an old apothecary, giving a more serious feel to products like rose lip balm and perfume oils, more often sold in stores with booming music and sullen-faced kids. Perfect for picking up gifts, trying on samples, and pretending that you’re in an Italian Farmacia.
814 North Ashland (312)421-9079
Best of Chicago 2002