Whether you’re seeking a special strand of pearls or just the right vintage gown, these shops around Chicago are worth a special trip.
Bourdage Pearls 3530 N. Southport Ave. 773-244-1126
This Lakeview shop specializes in freshwater pearl jewelry, from classic strands to simple drop earrings to elaborate chokers. Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? The staff does custom designs, too.
Pistachios 55 E. Grand Ave. 312-595-9437
This art gallery/jewelry shop hybrid stocks some of the most modern rings we’ve seen, including titanium wedding bands and tension-set diamond rings.
Smitten Boutique 1041 W. Madison St. 312-226-7777
Grab your groom and head to this West Loop shop to cross a few things off your to-do list, including invitations (from letterpress to thermography), attendant gifts (initial charm necklaces, personalized pilsner glasses) and oh-I-forgot-we-need-that extras, from card boxes to flower girl baskets to doublesided dress tape.
Lulu’s at the Belle Kay 3862 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-5858
Vintage is the name of the game at this Lincoln Square shop stocked with an impressive array of antique jewelry, from crystal brooches to art deco earrings to bold necklaces. Browse vintage
wedding gowns, too.
With Grace (pictured) 2238 W. Roscoe St. 773-525-3700
This Roscoe Village paper shop will set you up with all the stationery you’ll need, from save-the-dates all the way up to reception place cards and thank-you notes.
James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes & Accessories 2545 N. Clark St. 773-525-4280
If you’re willing to splurge on impeccable pair of shoes, this Lincoln Park shop is the place. Browse Italian-made silk satin shoes in more than 100 styles, from demure ballet flats to sassy peeptoe pumps. For “something blue,” don’t miss the Swarovski crystal charms that can be slipped onto an ankle strap.
Silver Moon 1721 W. North Ave. 773-235-5797
Vintage-loving brides will find the real deal at this Wicker Park clothing shop specializing in bridal gowns, from ’50s-era tulle numbers to drapey ’70s dresses. To really complete the look, make an appointment for vintage-inspired makeup while you’re at it. The staff also does custom-made ties and pocket squares as well as gown deconstruction and reconstruction, meaning you can bring in your mother’s wedding dress to have redesigned in your own style.